Have you ever asked this question? It sounds like it could be reasonable, right? I mean, you’re not a Fortune 500 company doing billions of dollars worth of online business a year, are you? Or an adult dating site full of juicy blackmail material?
You might not even take any kind of personal information through your site at all. Surely, then, no one would ever want to hack YOUR site…right?
Ooooooh no. Not right at all. If you’re on the internet, you WILL be targeted by hackers – and here’s why:
Most people don’t realise is that 99.9% of hacking these days isn’t done by hackers – it’s done by hacking software. Just like everyone else in the 21st century, hackers have discovered the huge benefits offered by automation – all they have to do is write a “black-hat” program (or buy one on the darkweb), then sit back and watch as their computer does their dirty work for them.
If that wasn’t bad enough (you don’t even have to be computer whizz to be a hacker anymore?!), the worst thing about this situation is a little less obvious: hacking software isn’t discerning; it’s automated and continuous. It doesn’t target specific websites or companies – it sets up a dragnet and attempts to hack every single website it finds.
Sucuri, one of the world’s foremost online security companies, estimates that it takes about 30-45 days for an entirely-new website to be discovered and targeted by hackers. Much like Google, these programs trawl the internet looking for vulnerable targets – and once you’re on their list, you WILL be targeted.
Of course, this just raises another question: why? Why would someone do this? Well…
Most of the time hackers aren’t concerned about what they can do to your site – it’s about what your site can do for them:
If your site is going to be attacked (and it is!), the most important thing you can do is try to keep it safe. Here’s what Technology Matters recommends:
If you’ve been reading along and getting progressively more worried about your website’s safety, please let me reassure you (in a roundabout kind of way): you’ve probably been attacked about a dozen times while reading this article. And if your website is still up, that means you’ve survived it!
When it comes down to it, facing hacking attempts is a part of life for web-facing businesses in the 21st century, no matter who you are and what you sell. But as long as you’re proactive, you should be all right. While no one can ever guarantee that you won’t be successfully hacked, if you follow the advice above you’ll a) have a better chance of avoiding it, and b) be able to recover faster if you do get hit.
If you’re still worried, or you want some more personalised advice about keeping your business safe online, please contact Technology Matters. We’re only ever a phone call or email away.
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