When was the last time you have got in to your website to check the ‘healthy’ of your website – this includes if you are running the latest release of your vendor stable version, checking for potential activities through statistic logs for sudden search of traffic/usage..etc.
If you are one of the many webmasters or business owner out there who runs your Internet business as above, you will soon suffer the loss as many of the others webmasters or business owner has went through. Imagine this, your business has been collecting a filthy smooth revenue stream, but – the next moment your website is hacked, leaving private information available, disrupting further operation and revenue acquisition? It happens often.
Hacking – is already been a norm faced by most webmasters and business owners – not only small organization, big corporations were also part of the victim of this hacking attempt. A total of 648,000,000 has fall prey to hackers, which usually cause by :
- Outdated plugins or software version
- Poor or weak password
- Using cheap hosting
So, Is Your Website Vulnerable For The Attack?
634,000,000 websites reported instances of hacking and tampering in 2012, a significant number leveraging WordPress and Joomla as content management providers (48% of the top online blogs use WordPress.) In March of last year, over 30,000 Joomla and WordPress sites were injected with malicious software. In the years 2010-2012, potential for incoming malware and similar threats increased 140%.
What’s The Best Possible Self-Defense Method Available
It’s not your hosting provider to be blamed if your site was hacked some day – as you are the one who should be responsible for the always-secured of your business website. Some of the available solutions include :
- Backup, Backup, Backup! Always make a backup of your website to your local workstation – recommended weekly if you are doing this manually or you could subscribe for automatic backup of your website using some 3rd party services.
- Use strong, alphanumeric password and change them oftenly.
- Install Antivirus and Antimalware on your PC/workstation and always keep the signature up-to-date so it could protect you from malicious malware and virus intrusion.
- Register your website with Google Webmaster Tools.
- Ongoing education – learn about any possible safeguards and preventions method available.
- Use a reputable and well known web hosting service provider.
- Install SSL security certificate to encrypt information on your website for any sensitive data transmit over the Internet.
- Subscribe for website security scan and malware protection from 3rd party services to automatically scan your website for possible malware infection, including search engine blacklisting.