Nobody has anything to do with you personally, especially if you don’t have important information on your website. And yet you have a good chance of a hacker breaking into your site.
– Because hackers use automated software that searches the Internet for vulnerable websites. You have a good chance that this software will scan your website as well;
– Because some people like to highlight /exploit your site’s vulnerabilities;
– Because once the hacker take control, he can use the information and resources of your website.
About what hackers do after breaking a site:
– steals useful data such as: list of users, email addresses, data related to online payments, passwords, etc.;
– redirects visitors to other sites (usually gambling websites or porn websites);
– apply phishing schemes;
– infects visitors’ computers;
– use the resources of the server on which the wwebsite operates to run various applications;
What does a “broken” site look like?
– Long loading times;
– Many spam comments;
– Links that lead nowhere;
– Non-functional website;
– Website that works with major errors;
– Website blacklisted by search engines;
– Links to websites that appear in Google searches as unsafe;
What can you do if you have a broken site?
In most cases, cleaning the website is a time consuming and very expensive process. Many times you can’t do much and you will have to restore the site from a back-up. If you have such a thing. If you don’t, you will have to rebuild the website from scratch.
But you can prevent such a situation. Ask the team that maintains your website or those who built the website to do the following:
– to install on the website specialized security modules, which allow blocking of cyber attacks;
– to update regularly and in time all the software running on the website;
– not to use unlicensed, untested and unsafe software modules in the construction of the website.
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