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What do the hackers do?
Hackers are effectively online burglars. They find a way round passwords and into your websites. They do it to steal personal details they can use to make money or just to cause disruption and mayhem.
How do they hack a website?
Electronic ‘crawlers’ constantly trawl the internet looking for vulnerable sites. Out of date software for example makes a website vulnerable (software manufacturers are constantly upgrading their software to increase its security and usability). Its kind of their ‘way in’. Once a vulnerable site has been located it can then be ‘exploited’ by the malicious software (malware) and this is when you start to hear about the effects eg hacking, spam, viruses etc.
How will I know if I’ve been hacked?
You might not know but search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc) have something called a blacklist. Every day they condemn 9,500 websites to this list. Why? Because their software has detected something called ‘malware’ on your website. This ‘malware’ has been left there by hackers.
The first time you will probably know that you have been hacked is when someone tells you they are unable to access your website.
What happens if you are put on this blacklist?
The search engines won’t let anyone get to your website until the unwanted data is removed, you’ve informed the search engine and then they remove you from the blacklist.
How long does this take?
The answer is it simply depends. It’s virtually impossible to remove the malware by hand so you will need to purchase specific technology or refer to a professional company.
Why is hacking so bad?
Not only will it be costly in terms of your lost revenue, leads and your time it will affect your business reputation and could affect your clients/customers. Financially, we’re talking hundreds of pounds to put it right. Whilst this is inconvenient enough it would be impossible to put a price on jeopardizing your customer’s trust or your organisation’s reputation.
What can you do to protect yourself?
You can opt to cover yourself in the form of monthly care/protection packages.
We offer our own range cost-effective monthly WordPress care plans that will protect your website from hacks and attack so that you don’t run the risk of being effectively taken offline.
It will also keep it updated and working seamlessly. You know when you’re phone starts becoming a bit annoying? It’s often because it hasn’t been having the suggested updates. Your website is affected in the same way. The care plans won’t just protect your website they will give it the TLC it really needs.
Our packages start from just £35 per month + vat.
I have web hosting so doesn’t that mean that I am already protected?
No, whilst it strives to be as secure as possible web hosting doesn’t offer any additional personal protection against cyber attacks.
How concerned should I be?
In time we believe that it will have become par for the course to have website protection. You may not be hacked but equally, you could be.
If you choose to protect your website not only are you buying peace of mind you are also taking steps to keep your website working to its optimum which can only ever be good for your business or service.