Cybercriminals notoriously use highly effective programs to seek out vulnerable, outdated software on websites that have been identified as easy to infect, regardless of their industry or size.
Recovering from a cyber attack can be a slow and frustrating process, and it could have a severe impact on your business – both in terms of reputation and profit. That’s if your data can even be recovered.
Content management systems like WordPress are built with software that is frequently updated by their developers. In addition to introducing new features, the primary reason for most updates is to add additional protection to your website from the latest virus or malicious code.
The majority of the time, it will be easy to tell if your site has been affected.
- It will not work at all.
- It may redirect to unintended content.
- Parts may be missing or not function properly.
Occasionally, however, the attack can consist of cloaked malicious code that is undetectable to the human eye. Incidents of this nature can affect your search engine rankings as the content could be interpreted as spam and result in your website being flagged or delisted.
So what security measures can you put in place to help protect your website against cybercrime?
- Hire a knowledgeable and reliable web designer to install and maintain website protection with built-in reporting. Reliable security software can provide analytical information to identify possible cybercrime activity and notify you if action is needed.
- You can also self-manage or DIY your website’s security by implementing updates manually. This approach requires education and understanding of software update procedures, best practices, and precautionary measures.
Reportedly, over five billion websites were hacked in 2023. (Cyber attacks happen once every 39 seconds, and an estimated 30,000 websites are hacked each day.) While many were WordPress websites, in most instances, the compromises had little, if anything, to do with the core of the CMS application itself, but more with its improper deployment, configuration, and overall maintenance by the webmasters.
Website technology is constantly evolving and regular updates are crucial for safeguarding your website against the latest threats.
Regular updates address known vulnerabilities and introduce new security features to protect your website from hackers, ensuring comprehensive protection against specific vulnerabilities by staying up-to-date with plugin and theme updates.
Neglecting updates leaves your website vulnerable to known threats that have already been patched.
The benefits of regular updates include enhanced security, reduced risk of cyberattacks and data breaches, improved performance for a faster, more responsive website, consistent compatibility with web browsers, operating systems, and devices and smoother operation with fewer glitches or malfunctions.
Prioritizing maintenance is an essential step in safeguarding your website’s security, functionality, content, and client and visitor data, providing assured protection and resilience.
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Contact us to take action now and stop your website from being the next victim of cybercrime!