We all like to believe it will never happen to us but, on average, approximately 30,000 websites are hacked every day! Cyber security has never been more important (read our blog on how to keep your site secure). We are big believers in preventing this from happening and have sophisticated solutions in place to help with this.
We also carry out regular maintenance and updates on your site to ensure your plugins and security are up to date as well as reduce any potential vulnerabilities that might offer exposure.
When we think of a website being hacked we often think of it being taken down with a ransom to be paid in order to release it. The reality is that there are many types of hacking including techniques like phishing, Denial of Service, Keylogger injection.
The list of hacking techniques is almost endless and often the more subtle techniques can fly under the radar and therefore have the tendency to cause more damage as website owners are unaware that what they are doing (or their visitors are doing) is being watched.
The good news is that SMK includes countermeasures, security protocols, and interventions in all our packages which helps to keep your website as safe as possible.
So, what actually happens when your site is hacked?
So, what happens if somehow your website does get hacked? We are super secure, so it very rarely happens, but in the off-chance that it does, here is a quick look at what we do to ensure your website is back up and running with minimal interruption and hassle.
Each of our websites is backed-up every 4 hours. This means that we can isolate any malicious files or software, remove them and then roll your website back to a secure and accurate version with minimal interruption.
All of our websites are regularly scanned for new and known viruses, and malicious files, to ensure that the site is incredibly secure and that each file uploaded will cause no damage.
Our hosting company notify us of any suspicious activity on your site that they believe might be hostile. This allows us to take action before any damage is done to your site or your data, usually before you even notice it.
Once we have removed any malicious files, we will carry out a full audit of the site before putting it live to make sure it is accurate and secure.
For e-commerce sites, we use a slightly different process so as not to lose data around any orders that have been placed, and to ensure stock levels are accurate.
How often does this happen?
While 30,000 websites being hacked daily can be a fairly intimidating statistic, it’s worth noting that there are approximately 1.92 billion websites online. Not to mention, given the combination of countermeasures that we implore, our strong track record and our contingency plans outlined above give us full confidence in the security of all our websites.
As much as we would love to promise you that your website will never be hacked, we can’t, but if the correct security measures are implemented, the chance of this is greatly reduced.
What we can promise is that, as your website partner, we take every precaution to reduce the chances of this happening and that, if it does happen, we will act swiftly to reduce any downtime or loss of data and rapidly restore your website to full functionality.
When creating a website, one of the most important things to consider is how to make it safe and secure, for both you and your site visitors. But how exactly do you do that? Here, we’ve listed our top 10 tips:
1. Ensure your website uses SSL
Ever noticed that little padlock in the website toolbar? We hope you have, as it’s a sure sign to know that you are using a website with an SSL (Secure sockets layer) certificate. An SSL certificate ensures that any data that goes between a user and a web server is encrypted and so without this, your site visitors are at a higher risk of having their data stolen. It’s a bit like having a website security guard. If you want to know more about this you can check out our blog on website security here**insert link.
2. Have a secure password
You wouldn’t leave the house without locking it up would you? Well then, think of your password as your digital key. We use these digital keys to keep our social media accounts, emails, banking (and so much more) secure and locked, which is why it’s so important to have a secure password. Try to avoid using your pet’s name or “password123”. Instead use a password that contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
3. Be careful when clicking links in emails
These days we get inundated with emails from people we don’t know. You simply forget to untick the “send me marketing emails” box and next thing you know you have 17,341 unread emails in your inbox, right? This also means it’s easier to be scammed. Companies frequently send discount codes, or links to online sales, but if you have an email from your long lost Nigerian cousin saying he’s left you 15 million pounds, it’s probably a scam(sadly). Stop and think before clicking on any links in an email. A lot of the time it will be a phishing email that can fool you into giving out your personal information, or it may even contain a virus that can harm your devices.
4. Have a backup website
We all know the importance of having a plan B, and no we’re not talking about face masks, vaccine passports or anything to do with a new covid variant. What we do mean is that if there is a problem with your website, you need to ensure that you have a backup website that can be used. This will cause minimal disruption to your business and ensure that your website is safe and secure.
5. Have a malware and virus checker on your website
This will minimise the risk of your website being infected with malicious malware or viruses that could compromise the security of your website.
6. Know who has access to your website
Be careful who you grant access to your site. Check that they are people you can trust, and ensure they are security conscious too. Always know who these people are-keep a list and update it regularly to ensure your website doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
7. Use trusted plugins on your website
You’ve probably heard the word plugin thrown around, but what is it? A plugin is a tool (or piece of software) that allows you to expand what you can do on your website. For example, if you want to sell products on your website you will need a plugin to do that. Therefore, it is so, so important to use trusted and reputable plugins.
8. Host on a secure server
Have you ever clicked on a website only to be brought to a page that says “your connection to this site is not secure?” This page means that the website isn’t using HTTPS. HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure and ensures that all information going through the website gets automatically encrypted. Choosing a secure server is necessary to enable HTTPS on your website.
9. Don't give out your password
Need we say anymore???
10. Finally..use SMK!
Now’s the time to invest in a professional lead-generating website and grow your business online. You might be surprised at how affordable a new website is, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with the finished result.