Threats

Website Security Threats to Your Business

Websites get hacked every day. In many cases, businesses don't have anyone tasked wtih checking their site for signs that it has been compromised, and they find out only too late that someone has exploited and defaced it. Moreover, they run the risk that someone could penetrate their customer database and use the information to commit identify theft or post fraudulent credit card transations. Website protection is not something to be taken lightly, as the threats to your business' reputation and solvency could not be more serious.

The Threats

Believe it or not, small and medium businesses are particularly ripe targets for having their websites hacked. The reason is that these businesses often fail to take website protection seriously, believing that their web presence isn't large enough to attract the attention of black-hat hackers. Unfortunately, website attacks often happen with no clear motive, and malicious types look first for the low-hanging fruit (least-secured websites) that will be easiest to exploit. Why go after a BestBuy or a Wal-Mart when there are so many other businesses that have failed to secure their sites, but that still have billing addresses and credit card information in their database?

Defacing

The most common type of web attack, because it is the easiest to carry out, involves defacing a company's website. This often results in content being changed or obscenities, pornography, and disparaging text being added to the site. Sometimes, the integrity of the website will be breached and the malicious hackers will bring the entire site down. This type of exploit can be humiliating, but much worse are the attacks that result in the loss or theft of customer information.

Database Penetration

If you store user information on your site - whether it's usernames/passwords, email addresses, or even credit card data - you must take the necessary measures to ensure your website is protected. Vulnerabilities like a SQL injection or cross-site scripting error (XSS) enable malicious hackers to gain access to your database, either through insecure web forms or by hijacking user sessions. These issues are regrettably quite common, which is a shame because they can be consistently prevented through the use of a web security scanner. Once inside your database, a black-hat hacker will be able to harvest usernames, passwords and other confidential information on your customers. The fallout from an incident like this is often disastrous, and customer confidence in your brand can take a long time to recover. It only takes a few seconds to set up a website security scan, but takes much longer to recover what you might lose in a breach.

Solutions

To protect your website, an online website scanner is generally the best option. It looks across your site for the most important vulnerabilities that malicious types might take advantage of to gain entry, and then notifies you of how to fix them. Top-of-the-line solutions like ArmorHub can also assist you in remediating the vulnerabilities if you don't know how to do it yourself. One recent study found that over 70% of all websites have at least one vulnerability on them, so it is imperative that you take measures to ensure you're not one of them.

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