LARGE WEBSITES AREN’T A HACKER’S TARGET – They Usually Target Small Websites.
Your Website is under Attack – (24×7)
Some business owners might think that, “Why would someone attack our websites? We’re not a bank; we don’t have any credit card details to steal. We use a small website with some information about our business. Why my website is to be suspected of getting hacked?”
Apart from the theft of credit card & data from your website, there are a lot more reasons why a hacker might be interested in your website. Some of them are below:
Using your Website to Initiate Other Attacks
Hackers usually expand their attacks through a Botnet (A large network of compromised computers). A botnet makes harder for security professionals to detect exactly who is doing the hacking and further making too hard on rectifying it. Once your website got hacked through traditional DDoS (or) other form of attacks, your website will become a client in the Botnet network.
Uploading Malware on Your Site
Hackers use strong malware to infect other computers through your website. Obviously they don’t use their own servers to spread out the malware. They hack your website and upload those dangerous malware files. When someone visits your website, the malware will automatically get downloaded to them. Adding more pain to it, Google will automatically blacklist your website & make it disappear from its search for preventing other websites not getting affected by your website.
Hacking for Fun
Some young hackers who are learning about hacking deform your website by overwriting the homepage with some other text. This was not that much dangerous, but it can be embarrassing & creates an irreparable harm to a business reputation.
“Finally, your reputation gets hacked as well”
So What can you do Against the Growing Hackers?
1. Always keep your website’s technology/CMS up to date.
2. Server-side validations & Form validations are to be done properly, which might prevent the SQL injection.
3. Implement the secure file-upload option in your website because hackers may easily execute a script on your server through it.
4. Always use SSL certificates whenever there is a communication between your website and the web server/database.