Nowadays, any website can become the target of a hacker. From little known blogs to robust eCommerce sites, hackers are always looking for an easy access. Private information may not be the only thing that hackers are looking for. In fact, a large portion of website hacks is nothing more than breaking the pages.
These are some of the most common ways and reasons why your website could become the next target.
Brute Force Attack
In simple words, Brute Force Attack, is when a hacker tries combinations of usernames and passwords as long as he or she gets an access to your site.
Our advice, protect yourself, your customers and your website. Never use a “admin” username. Never use password like “12345”.
In most instances, the Brute Force attacks are not manual, instead they are being randomly executed by supporting bots, part of larger networks. They’re configured to randomly crawl the web and trying to get access to websites’ back-end.
According to sucuri.net, the top 3 usernames people use to protect their websites are:
And top 3 passwords are:
If you use login details similar to above, for a hacker or a bot, it will be a matter of seconds to get your site’s login details.
“Phishing” refers to emails that attempts to fraudulently acquire personal information from you, such as your account password or credit card information. The email may appear to be from a legitimate company or individual, but it’s not.
As a general rule, NEVER send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be. Many companies have policies that state they will never ask for that kind of information from their customers by email.
If you receive a huge amount of spam, the best you can do is not to open it. But if you’re very curious and have an urge to open them, be very cautious of links and attachments inside of them. Many of them can take you to sites which straight away will install various cookies on your machine in order to get your personal details or even control your machine!
Outdated Scripts and Software
Scripts are often used to develop a website to control everything from graphics to databases. They are also a common element for hackers to get an access to the website. Outdated installation scripts for web-based applications, plugins and add-ons can open the doors to hackers.
It’s highly important that you always keep all plugins, CMS version and extensions up to date. Code you use to develop your website or application has to be valid and according to latest standards.
If you’re unsure how to update scripts or code, ask your web developer for help.
Personal Computer Security
When a personal computer is hacked, the attack could include stealing saved information for websites and logins. These hacks on your machine can come from compromised websites, infected software or through bots scanning various IP addresses looking for weaknesses.
Also, it’s important that you use private, password protected network, instead of public one when logging in to your website.
How to remove malicious code?
If you have a clean backup of your site’s contents, you may be able to restore the site by re-uploading all of the site’s files—including your website software (WordPress, Drupal, other). When doing this, make sure that you are using the latest version of your site’s software. Be aware that you may be overwriting files that have changed since your last backup.
If you do not have a clean backup of your site, manual removal of the bad code may be the best option. Once you have located malicious code, removing it can be as simple as deleting it from all files in which it appears. You should be sure to check for some hidden files where hackers could “inject” some bad code.
Remember, that always prevention is a much better solution than fixing. Ask your web developer for any maintenance packages which will keep your website safe and secure.
Sylwia Lukjanowska is a Creative Thinker and Web Developer at Happy Creative, a full service marketing and creative agency based in Blackpool, Lancashire. To learn more or contact us please go to www.happy-creative.co.uk
Please enter your email to subscribe to the Happy blog
Paid social media can be a brilliantly effective yet low cost form of lead generation, and it’s a great way to extend your reach, drive website traffic and generate likes and shares.
We’ll take care of setting up and managing your paid social media accounts, ensuring your spend is carefully targeted. Then we’ll provide clear, transparent reporting so you can keep refining the strategy to make your ad spend even more effective.More about Paid Social Campaigns
All the tweets and posts in the world won’t help generate leads unless there’s some strategic thinking behind what you’re doing.
We’ll help define the right social media strategy for you, so that you’re on the right platforms, saying the right things to the right people at the right time to generate the right leads.More about Social Media
Marketing is bit like those huge, swirling flocks of starlings you see from time to time. Individually your brochure, email, ad, meme or gif may not change the world.
But when you join them together and ensure they’re all heading in the same direction, you have the power to stop people in their tracks.
We design communications that help build a consistent brand and convert more leads to sales.More about Design & Brand Building
Your website can generate leads in so many ways. Informed content. Strong calls to action. A simple, natural journey from ‘Hi there!’ to ‘Buy now’.
Yet websites are never ‘done’. They need to keep evolving to keep pace with your customers’ expectations, so we’ll be with you for the long haul to keep tweaking, refining and growing your site – and to deliver the PPC campaigns that help drive traffic towards it.
Because when your website keeps working to understand and speak to your audience, you’ve got more chance of converting.More about Websites
There’s a knack to ensuring your business is seen in the right places at the right time. We’ll build your PR profile across the mix of channels that’s right for you (from press to social media to events) and use our contacts to spread the word.
So when your customers are ready to buy, it’ll be your brand they think of first.More about PR & Content