30,000 Website Hacks Every Day
Cess Macamay on March 2, 2022 at 1:03 pm
How do you protect your website?
It’s easy to assume that no one would be interested in hacking your website if you run a small or medium-sized business. Afterall, the majority of hackers do, in fact, target huge corporations or government entities. However, any website can be hacked into in a variety of ways, and cyber-criminals are always on the lookout for easy prey, from obscure blogs to eCommerce sites – either way, website hacks can be extremely damaging to any company’s reputation.
Let’s look at a few staggering statistics which will put into perspective just how prevalent website hacks and vulnerabilities are:
• Google blacklists around 20,000 websites each week and alerts another 50,000 for malware, on average 30,000 new websites are hacked every day. (Source: Forbes)
• The volume of malware threats observed by McAfee Labs averaged 688 threats per minute, an increase of 40 threats per minute (3%) in the first quarter of 2021. (Source: McAfee)
• At least one backdoor was found on 47 % of all hacked websites. A backdoor is a security flaw that allows hackers to gain access to a website. (Source: Sucuri )
• Around 300,000 new pieces of malware are created daily to target individuals and companies. (Source TechJury)
• There are 65,000 attempts to hack small-medium-sized businesses in the UK daily(Source: Hiscox)
So, what security measures can you implement to defend your website from hacks and cyber-attacks?
While protecting your website from hackers may appear daunting, there are steps you can take to drastically mitigate the dangers. A substantial percentage of attacks are aimed at easy targets, and hackers frequently ignore sites that show strong resistance.
To stay safe, keep your software up to date and under constant surveillance. Make sure you’re always aware of new security updates, check components/plugins you’re utilising in your web apps and that you’re removing those that aren’t in use.
However, the most effective thing you can do to ensure your website is up to date, being monitored, and safely backed up is to choose a reputable webmaster or hosting company to protect your website from hackers and free from malicious attacks.
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