How to protect your website against Cybercrime
Security is a major reason why your CMS (Content Management System) should stay up to date. According to web technology surveys, 75% of websites use popular content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. These platforms are open-source and publicly available, making them more vulnerable as they can be updated by a large community of users.
On average, 30,000 Website are hacked every day. Cyber criminals use highly effective computer software programs to automatically detect vulnerable sites. If your site has been hacked, this is what you’ll see:
- It will instantly fail to function with a message informing you that your website has been hacked
- It may re-direct to some offensive content
- Parts of your site may be missing or not function properly
- On a rare occasion, the attack may consist of malicious code that affects your search engine rankings as the content could be interpreted as spam and result in your website being de-listed.
What security measures can I put in place to protect my website from being hacked?
Keep your software up to date
Change the default CMS settings
Be smart about selecting new plugins and add-ons
Rather use plugins or add-ons that are actively being developed as this indicates that the author would at least be willing to implement a fix if any security issues are reported. If an extension is not supported by the author, then it makes no sense to use it for your site as it may stop working at any time. It’s important that you download your extensions and themes from legitimate resources.