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Managing A Vulnerable Website

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In the recent years we are noticing more and more just how aggressive hackers can be. With the many large institutions getting compromised every day this creates fear but it lacks understanding for website owners who are not sure what to do and whether or not they are vulnerable to these same attacks. This article explores both those questions and a few more when it comes to the vulnerability of your website.

First, let’s answer the simple question of whether your website is vulnerable. The simple, scary truth is yes, it is. No matter how big or small or you are, or how secure your server and site are, there is still a chance your site can be hacked. Hackers don’t just use one method to attack sites, they try several different routes and one just might fail and let them in. They do not always single out sites for attack either, more often attacks occur across several sites at once as a blanket attack. In some cases the hackers simply find a way in and plant a seed, such as an account or virus, to use later to exploit the site. This is not meant to scare you, but just to face the simple reality that any site can be vulnerable at any time so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Second, the question becomes what to do to prevent an attack. The best steps include the following:

Secure your site with SSL encryption

This should be standard for all eCommerce sites and those that collect sensitive data, but even basic sites can benefit with some sort of encryption.

Implement Spam Protection

Besides run of the mill spam acting as unwanted advertising and backlinks, spam can be used maliciously to plant viruses and backdoors into a site. Protection against spam can block most if not all of this unnecessary and malicious email.

Update Your Site Software

Unless your site is built with raw HTML files, chances are your content is managed by a CMS package like Wordpress, Joomla, or Drupal. If so, this software should be updated as often as possible and every single time a security alert pops up. The developers and communities responsible for these site software packages implement new security fixes every day in response to potential threats. Speak with your web developer about the last time your site software is updated and whether an update is in order.

Acquire Protection Services

This is often provided as a service from your web host or web developer service by means of a protection plan. Some cost may be involved, but having a team ready and able to fix any problem that may occur with a compromised site can be invaluable.
The bottom line is the only person responsible for your site after an attack is you, the site owner. Hosting companies and web developers can only help, but fixing the problem falls on your shoulders. When you realize that you are liable for the information, sometimes sensitive, on your site becoming compromised you will know it is time to be preemptive before it’s too late.

For questions or concerns about the security of your website, contact Anttix today at (877) 426-8849 or click here to contact us.