Website Attacks Growing
If your website has been compromised lately – you are not alone
Cyberspace is the new frontier for criminal and unethical behaviour. Statistics indicate that attacks on all websites is increasing. No-one is immune to the massive damage to reputation and business that can result from unauthorised access and abuse.
One of the two most common attacks are defacement. Your visitors only see one page placed by the hacker that indicates the site has been violated. The message is usually unfriendly and threatening. It is not funny to see it and realise that this is what all your website visitors see. These attacks are a nuisance and will cost you business. They can often infect visitors and do other unseen damage as well.
The second type of attack is usually an invisible infiltration of your website. Illicit software is installed on your site that works on its dark purpose silently using your account and trading on your good reputation. Usually this purpose is to send out spam email or distributing files. Operating from locations where they cannot be caught or prosecuted, the offenders cause enormous damage to all Internet users. To guard against this, many host operators scan services to detect illegal activity action and will take fast action to close down your site if they see it misbehaving. This is usually the first you know about it.
What Happens Next?
Cleaning up your site and getting it reactivated and back online is tedious and time-consuming. Until you have completed all the necessary steps, your site will stay offline.
There are steps you can take to prevent and react to this kind of attack that will minimise your risk. Regrettably very few website owners put these measures in place.The result being that they must pay dearly to have their website audited, sanitised and reinstated when the need arises.
What Can You Do About It?
Preventative Action – There are many things that can be done to minimise risk of attack from simply keeping your web applications up to date to providing additional security strengthening measures. Preventative action is a routine procedure that can be included in day-to-day work on your website and digital marketing generally.
Recovery Action – have a plan of action prepared that you put into action as soon as the breach is detected to fix it and strengthen your defenses against it. This requires planning, technical resources (most of which are free and readily accessible) and the capability to seize the initiative to act quickly when required.
The Single Most Effective Security Action
If you can only do one thing to improve your resistance to attack then it is to provide your hosting control panel and WordPress admin login with secure passwords. What is a secure password?
- 12 characters long (at least)
- Use lower case and capital letters.
- Use digits
- Use special characters
- Use repeated characters
- Do not use dictionary words, names or dates
Strong Password Generator – http://passwordsgenerator.net/
Password O Meter – http://www.passwordmeter.com/
DBM BusinessBuilder – the free member’s area you can find the following relevant InfoSheets;
- Compromised Website
- Website Security Maintenance
The required action CAN be done by anybody with the necessary skill and willingness to follow instructions. A “how-to” training program will be available soon to show you absolutely everything about auditing and cleansing a WordPress website.
If you do not have the resources to manage these things, then you need to consider outsourcing to get it done for you.