Help, My Website Was Hacked!

Whether you run a website for a multinational corporation or a personal blog for your own small business, all websites are susceptible to being hacked. An average of 90,000 websites are hacked every single day… and this number isn’t getting smaller. There was a 32% increase in the number of sites hacked between 2015 and 2016, so cyber-security isn’t an topic that can be ignored. Having your site compromised by hacking is one of the most difficult situations you’ll find yourself in as a site-owner. But luckily, there are many ways to prevent it.

Before trying to recover your site from hacking, it’s best to understand why websites get hacked in the first place. With this knowledge, you can confidently apply preventative measures that keep your site secure and save you tons of hassle. Here are some of the top ways websites get hacked:

Compromised Passwords

Hacking can be as complicated as applying malware and malicious code or as easy as cracking an insecure password. It can take a hacker just one day to crack a 7 character password. Try to avoid personal passwords; your grandmother’s cat’s first name may seem like a secure password but it’s often not enough.

The best way to create a secure password that is difficult, and almost impossible to crack is to make one that is long and hard to remember. This may seem inconvenient but it’s a small price to pay to keep your accounts safe and secure. A random selection of letters, numbers, and symbols is your best choice for a strong password. If it’s something that you can forget, it’s something that a hacker won’t be able to guess.

Outdated Software

Old versions of software are extremely vulnerable to hacking. If you’re using outdated software the chances of your system being hacked increases tremendously. In 2017, 90% of organizations recorded exploits against vulnerabilities that were three or more years old!

These old versions of software provide easy access to your data and vulnerable information. Luckily, there’s a pretty simple fix for this issue; update your software regularly to avoid vulnerabilities in the system!

Phishing

It seems like everyone has been contacted by a Nigerian prince asking for personal information to claim a large sum of money held overseas, but not all phishing schemes are as ridiculous as this one. In fact, some of the most effective phishing campaigns have a 45% success rate!

Be careful who you share your information with. Even if a request seems legit, take a moment to do some research on the request. While you may be aware of the danger of phishing tactics, make sure that your employees and co-workers are properly trained on security awareness if your site is managed by multiple people.

Security Policy Holes

If you run your own site, your practices may be making it more vulnerable to hacking. Ensure your website is configured with high security controls and always be on alert for suspicious activity.

So what’s next? What else can you do to ensure your website is safe from hacking?

Well, getting on BOLT Media’s Warranty Plan is a great place to start. We’ll help you ensure that your website is secure and functions the way it was originally developed!

Remember, it’s always better to use preventative measures to protect your site rather than having to deal with the aftermath of a hacked website. All of this may be a lot to remember, but if website security is something that you’re not too familiar with, consider getting help! Using a warranty plan like BOLT Media’s plan takes the stress of cybersecurity away and lets you focus on maintaining your website content. Contact us today to learn more about this service.