Any website can become the target of a hack. From little-known blogs to full eCommerce sites, cyber-vandals are always looking for easy prey. To top it all off, private information may not be the only thing that hackers are looking for.
It’s natural to wonder about these things after the breach of your website. After all, you worked hard to craft your website, building it from the ground up. You’ve watched your website grow and mature, and the destruction of this is upsetting to even the most hardened website owner.
Thousands of sites are hacked daily, leading to stress and loss of revenue. Big websites, average websites, even tiny fledgling sites—they’re all hacked without discrimination.
The following are some of the most common reasons why your website could become the next target. You’ll also learn how you can protect your website from hackers by reducing or eliminating exploits.
1. Outdated software
Make sure the software is up to date to ensure security patches have been applied and vulnerabilities are patched.
2. Malware and Viruses
Install antivirus and anti-malware software to detect and remove malicious software from your computer.
3. Weak Passwords
Choose passwords that are difficult to guess, such as a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
4. Insecure File Permissions
Ensure that files and folders are given secure permissions to prevent unauthorized users from accessing them.
5. Phishing Attacks
Be cautious when opening email attachments or clicking on links from unknown sources.
6. Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks
Ensure your Wi-Fi networks are secure and encrypted to prevent hackers from accessing your data.
7. SQL Injection Attacks
Ensure that web applications are secure and that data is validated before being processed to avoid malicious input.
8. DDoS Attacks
Make sure your website is protected against these attacks using a reliable web hosting provider.
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