Hackers hack for various reasons

Hackers like to hack websites with vulnerabilities. Once you upload a website and make it available for people to access, it is only a matter of time until hackers try to hack it. There are many benefits they would get from hacking. They will get monetary benefits by injecting their own ads scripts. They will also try to take over your email accounts that are associated with the website. They can also direct your visitors to their sites. There are many other things that a hacked site can provide to them.

Sometimes it is all about competition. Someone may feel threatened by your site that they feel the need to sabotage you. They will find a way to get into the inside of your site, make changes, and steal stuff. Their concern is to make you suffer losses. Whatever their intention might be, hacking is never meant for positive purposes. This fraudulent activity mostly leads to losses. If your website is an e-commerce, it would be even more worrying because it may keep your clients' personal information. Losing trustworthy is bad for a website and hacking is one way to get into that trouble.

There are many ways a hacker can hack into a website

One of the most common methods is known as a brute-force attack. They use automated programs to log in to you website. If you have had a WordPress site before, you may know this already. Such programs are usually designed to break into websites that lack security features. To prevent this from happening, you need to equip your money site with top-notch features. Besides, select a strong combination of username and password to log in.

Hackers also take advantage of WordPress vulnerabilities. No operating system is perfect. There are a hundred ways for hackers to find security holes and get into a site through them. WordPress always keeps up with the intelligent hackers by creating new security patches. The problem is not every webmaster is aware of new updates. Even if they notice them, they probably don’t just install the updates right away. For this reason, old websites are normally more prone to hacking because they have plenty of vulnerabilities.

Another way hackers can get into your site is by trying to get access to the server. It takes effort, but they can do that. Once they get that, everything stored within the server like databases and files can be tweaked as they please. So, you basically have to protect both the site and the server that hosts it.

What if they managed to break in?

When they can bypass the security system applied to your site, there is a lot of damage that can be done, such as:

Malware. Malware is a collective term for malicious software. It refers to any program designed to cause damage to a system. It can infiltrate computers, websites, and other systems. Whatever it is, malware is harmful, which is why companies create antivirus software to fight against these bad programs.

Spam. Spam means flooding email recipients with many copies of the same message. Spam is a popular marketing tool. While it works, using it the wrong way can be detrimental. Your good reputation can be ruined if a hacker managed to get into your site and send junk mails to important clients. This can end up with your emails getting blacklisted.

Blacklists. Hacking poses another threat, which is blacklisting. Do you want to get penalized by Google for something you never did? Any hacker that can get into your site can make changes that result in a penalty. The emails can be flagged as dangerous, so is other important data. Before you lose more money and traffic, don’t let the hackers get in.

Content modifications. They can also change the content of your website. They come without permission, so they wouldn’t be telling you about all the changes they have done to the site. If you don’t keep an eye on the site on a regular basis, you probably will not notice some of the pages have been changed. They usually do this to pages the admin rarely access. They can actually inject any pages with bad scripts, but they probably choose the abandoned ones.

File changes. Not only pages, hackers can also change other elements like files and code. Your website is made of up lines of code. If they are changed from the dashboard, the appearance of the site will also change. Code changes can also lead to the website going offline or displaying questionable images. Sometimes they do it the sneaky way. They change code for personal gain, like spamming or directing traffic to a new location.

Negative SEO. When a hacker has access to your hosting, they can also perform negative SEO from within. Negative SEO is the opposite of white SEO. Instead of boosting the rankings of a site, it can do damage and hurt its positions on search engines. The site will start tanking and going under the radar. Even a big site can be penalized if it gets involved in link schemes or other forms of negative SEO. They will try their best to flood your site with low quality links with hopes that the search engines notice it and provide appropriate punishment.

Data loss. You’re also at risk of losing all important data. Your site contains a lot of data. If they think it wasn’t enough to vandalize your site, they can make the data completely gone. Without the data, you have to build a new site from scratch. A website needs to be constantly backed up, but backups should also be stored in a safe place. If they are removed, you have no choice but to lose the site. To avoid this, you can always store backups in different servers.

Ruined reputation. None wants to lose clients because of ridiculous things like hacking. Hackers can scare your clients away by posting inappropriate stuff on the site. They might think you did that intentionally because they didn’t know it’s under attack. As a result, they would never come back again. Yes, you should always be cautious of your online reputation because it is critical to everyone. If you get warnings from Google or clients, your site might have been hacked.

Lost business opportunities. We must remember that online business is very lucrative. You can find a lot of new opportunities to make money online. In most cases, websites play a big role in generating profits. Whenever we want to promote a brand or a product, we need to set up a website and post necessary information on it. Now if your site becomes your biggest source of revenue, you should have known that it will no longer give you money when it gets hacked. Besides, your clients may not trust you anymore if they find out that your website has many downtime issues.

Downtime. Many webmasters can’t afford downtime. When a website is hacked, it can be put offline easily. If it isn’t up for a long time, you will lose much money and potential traffic. If you always monitor your website, it won’t be hard to detect this issue. The problem is putting it back up takes time. You must find the root of the problem and fix it. It is important to have a reliable backup system, so that these kinds of things can be avoided.

After reading the explanation, it is a good idea to equip your WordPress site with security measures. We have many types of security protection you can apply to your site. You can put your worry to rest once it has been secured with our features. Bring back your site’s reputation by providing a top-of-the-line level of protection. This is the only way to prevent potential attacks in the future. There are so many features that we have, including solid backup systems.

Malware scans

A website is not safe once it goes online. Remember that search engines employ robots to monitor bad sites that they think contain malware and other harmful scripts. A website that has been flagged as dangerous will lose its rankings quickly. While you can recover from this condition, it is very time-consuming. The best way to avoid it is by using our scanning system to keep your site secured all the time. And if any issues are found, they will be fixed quickly.

Scan plugins

Plugins are one way for hackers to get into the dashboard. It is easy for outdated plugins to have security holes. We have a system that helps scan plugins and other related stuff. It works by finding out if there are any discrepancies that allow hackers to get in.

Scan backdoors

Hackers use backdoors to go undetected by the system. If they managed to get into your site, they would cause a mess easily within the system. Our systems regularly monitor potential backdoors before they wreak havoc on your hosting and site. For every suspicious activity that has been detected, we will be notified immediately and work on it before serious damage takes place.

Google friendly

We can also help make your site more Google-friendly in the sense that it doesn’t get penalized due to malicious intent. We often hear websites get into trouble with Google because they contain low-quality links or other black SEO practices. These include SEO spam and malware injection. You will realize that your site has been banned when you start losing your visitors.

Block brute-force attacks

Brute-force attacks are easy to detect through failed login attempt records. However, knowing someone is trying to break into your website isn’t enough. We will help you monitor these malicious bots and defend your site against theft of data. We do that by locking out failed attempts done by these bots. Let us shut them down before any serious damage is done.

Generate strong passwords

Strong passwords are a key line of defense against hacking. Please stop creating weak passwords for your accounts, including wp-admin and other parts of your site. That's even better if admins, members, and editors all have unique passwords that can’t be guessed easily. Every account you add to your WordPress site needs to have a strong password. We can help by creating strong passwords for accounts assigned to the site.

Spam prevention

Spammers will always be spammers. They go out of their way to fool the unwary webmasters. Even if you are not at fault, you can still lose clients because of malicious activity done by hackers or spammers. Your emails are at risk of being used inappropriately. An email can also be flagged as spam if it is associated with another spam mail that is not yours. You might host your website in the same server as a spammer. We can help detect if there are any bad sites running on the same IP.

Scan for bad URLs

Our systems provide scanning for dangerous URLs and phishing scams. This is how we ensure your site is free from malware. Our concern is to avoid Google penalty by fixing or removing things that shouldn’t be there. When your website is clean, Google may reinstate your site back into the index. This is when it has been penalized before. It's a lot better to clean your site from unnecessary links before a penalty is issued.

Spamvertized detection

We would help you investigate if any of your URLs are flagged due to spam advertising. Bad guys have many ways to shut down your website, including sending the URL to others aggressively, so that people think that you are doing spamvertising. This is bad for search engine rankings to say the least. There are many other losses that you may face in the future.

Country blocking

If you want to prevent malicious attacks coming from certain countries, we have a feature to do that. You may have had bad experiences with people from specific regions. With this feature, you will no longer worry about attackers from countries that keep trying to hack your site. We will react based on recorded failed logins and other indicators.

IP blocking

IP blocking is more specific compared to country blocking, but it works just as effective. It is commonly used to prevent unauthorized access to private networks. It is also great for preventing unwanted traffic that can harm your site. Every connection has its own IP. And if we notice that someone is trying to look for vulnerabilities on your site, we can kick them out using this feature.

Disk space monitor

A hosting package comes with a certain amount of space. There you can store all your website data, including photos and videos. Even for an unlimited hosting package, it is probably not really unlimited. There are some restrictions imposed. If the space starts running low, that is when you need to pay attention because it is probably caused by external factors, such as hackers. We will send you a message if there is a problem with your space that can lead to downtime.

DNS scan for changes

Domain Name Servers are essential for internet access. They are basically computers that translate domain names into IP addresses. Yes, hackers can find a way to bypass the security system of your site and make the DNS system visible to them. As a result, they can change the direction of the DNS. They will start to do harm when they have successfully changed the DNS. Our systems make sure that you're the one authorized for changing the DNS, not someone else.

Audit existing passwords

Since strong passwords are an important defense against data theft and other malicious intent, you must create passwords that are not easy to guess. We will scan through your site and weak passwords you have made before. You can then rename them, so that your site becomes more secure.

Website firewall & antivirus

We have a series of powerful tools to prevent malicious hacking attempts. The tools are full-featured and keep you away from people who try to cause as much disruption as they possibly can. We also employ security experts that do their very best to fix issues related to security, cleanup, and others. You will probably need it in the future because no website is safe when it goes online.