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Why Do Websites Get Hacked?

  • 6
    May

Why Do Websites Get Hacked?

We’ve all heard about web sites getting hacked and the problems it can cause. Even the big players like Microsoft and Apple who spend millions on security get hacked so its no surprise that your website could be compromised at some point.

But why do sites get hacked?

Most people struggle to understand why their site might be singled out and hacked but it’s important to understand that hacks are automatic, it’s not normally someone sitting there specifically trying to get into your website. They’re also normally done in great volume.

There are a few reasons someone might create an automated hacking system, they may want to use your site to send out spam emails, they could be after credit card details or user databases, or they could want to take over millions of sites so they can launch a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.

Why do WordPress sites get targeted specifically?

WordPress is among the worlds most popular web building software with over 26% of the web running on it. It makes sense therefore for hackers to go for the most popular systems and gain as much coverage as possible. Even though WordPress is extremely secure its open source modular design means there could be updates required to themes and plugins to close security issues as well as enhance performance.

Is there a way to minimise the risk?

Yes. We can provide a monthly maintenance plan to not only ensure that your websites theme and plugins are updated but also to include a disaster recovery plan with 24 hour back ups, security modules installed and 24 hour attack monitoring. Simply contact us for more details.

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