According to Sophos Labs, one of the webs leading security service providers, a website is hacked every 5 seconds, or in real numbers, about 30,000 websites per day!
Many people and small to medium sized business owners do not understand the impact that a hacked website can have on their business, and in particular with their communications channels. A hacked website can leave them ‘in the dark’ with no means to communicate with their customers and potential customers, and equally as daunting is the fact that once a website is hacked, 99% of the time the site is ‘gone’. The code is infected, deleted or corrupted, and probably even more importantly, all of the content of the website which the owner has spent lots of time and likely money putting together is gone.
Why do websites get hacked?
The main reason is that the hacker can then use the infected website to spread their virus or malicious code, either ‘just for fun’ or more prevalently to direct those infected with their code to websites which generate money like online pharmacy sites or adult sites.
What can be done to minimize the chance of a website getting hacked?
The vast majority of website hack attempts occur on the widely used website CMS platforms such as WordPress or Joomla. The obvious reason for this is that the majority of websites on the web are built using one of these free platforms (as of August 2013, over 18% of all websites were using WordPress source: Wikipedia) making them not only the biggest target for hackers, but the easiest too. Keeping the CMS platform updated with any recommended updates from WordPress or any plugin vendors will help to maximize security.
Additionally most websites are hosted on ‘shared’ servers, which means that the website owner has no control over the other websites which ‘live’ on the same server. A small business website may be sharing a server with sites which would be deemed undesirable like those above mentioned adult sites and online pharmacies. Moving to a dedicated server can help to maximize security, but of course costs much more.
A backup is a copy of your site which is kept in an alternative location, NOT on the server where the site lives. In the event that a website is hacked, having a backup available is invaluable. It saves time, and money and huge headaches!
The Activ Difference
At Activ, we are able to effectively manage security threats due to our infrastructure setup.
Other companies charge for this backup service, some as much as GBP40 or GBP50 per month! With an Activ website, this is already built into the transparent price you pay.