Website Security – Is it actually worth it?

The short answer – yes! There is absolutely no doubt about it, website security is a must.

Did you know that more than 9,500 sites are hacked each day? Hackers either force entry into your web-server or sneak in through out-of-date programming, awful authorizations and inadequately composed code. At that point, they embed contaminated code into the back end of your site. This can bring about issues for your business, either through hostile pictures or infections that taint the PCs of clients that visit your site.

The 3 basic facts about an attack:

It’s about the return on investment – the attacker wants to gain as much as possible with the least investment, so to them each target is a business transaction.
The attacks are automated – Botnets are armies of unknowingly enlisted computers which are controlled by hackers and attack thousands of websites every minute. They are used to exploit vulnerabilities and extract valuable data.
Don’t take it personally – Automated attacks do not target specific individuals or businesses; they target the masses by using general selection criteria.
3 Common attack types:

SQL injections – Hackers can do this by typing code into the URL of the website they are looking to hack and execute a sophisticated attack. These hackers aren’t just looking for financial data like credit cards, they also love to get administrative rights to websites. How scary is that? A simple snippet of code executed and they can gain full access of your website, and even lock you out of it.

Business logic attacks – The most widely recognized case of a business logic attack is comment spam. This is where the attackers insert automatically generated comments into a site or online discussion, guiding individuals to false destinations that advertise sham pharmaceuticals when it’s really malware. The ramifications of such assaults can extend from a corruption in your organization’s web index rankings to being boycotted and totally expelled from search results.
Denial of service attacks – This kind of assault is generally executed as a major aspect of a blackmail plan that forces a website owner to pay a ransom to free the site from a traffic overflow.

3 tips to prevent attacks:

Invest in a firewall service – A Firewall service, rather than Firewall software, is a cloud service that will secure your organization’s admin access and offer threat-detection. We recommend Sucuri

Schedule regular scans – Scanning tools search for website vulnerabilities so that the owner can fix them before they are exploited by hackers.

Anti-Spam Tools – Comment spam tools are tools that prevent bots from posting bogus comments to your site. They are very effective and help companies avoid the need for a human moderator.

What can you do?

First of all, we recommend making sure your website is up to date. We then recommend introducing a complete site security bundle which will check your site for any infections, bugs or bizarre looking code and tidy them up for you, without you having to lift a finger. Contact Us today to find out exactly how we can help you secure your website.