Over 33,000 websites get hacked each day.
Most business owners we talk to are aware that things like this happen but aren’t totally sure why a hacker would want to access their website. Even if you don’t have an ecommerce site, a hacker may still attempt to get access? Why? Consider this analogy….
We live in a very safe neighborhood, but last year we had a string of break-ins of vehicles sitting in people’s driveways. No cars were damaged, but items were stolen. Turns out it was several teenagers walking driveway to driveway just checking door handles. If a car was left unlocked, they would rummage the contents for anything of value. That’s what hackers do. They’re just checking the doors and windows of your website to see if anything will allow them easy access.
But a hacker doesn’t just try one door at a time. They have software that will scan the web for them looking for open doors and windows. It would be like the hacker pressing a button and automatically checking all the doors and windows in the neighborhood at once. Hackers create little programs that scan the Internet looking for website vulnerabilities. When they find an open door, they’re programmed to automatically infect the website and then report back their success to the hacker, who will likely have hundreds of vulnerabilities to exploit at once.
“But why would someone do this? What value is my little site to them?”
Typically, the hacker isn’t after your site individually, you’re just one of a million sites they are trying to exploit. Why?
We’re not trying to scare you with this information. We are just trying to underline the importance of proper website maintenance. WordPress is the most popular website building platform today and studies suggest that close to 1/2 of all WordPress websites are out of date. Keeping your website platform up to date is one of your best defenses against hackers. Other things you can do:
What does website maintenance have to do with hackers?
Everything. Keeping your site up to date with routine maintenance on your WordPress core application and plugins is essential to keeping your site secure. Just like your computer and phone update the operating system regularly, so does your website application.
We offer WordPress maintenance plans that bring peace of mind to those using WordPress to power their website. Each week, we take a backup of your site and apply any available updates. Then we routinely test the update to make sure that everything is still working as expected. We also add in an SSL certificate so that all communication between your website and the users is encrypted.
If you have a WordPress website and aren’t sure if it has been updated, let us know. We’ll gladly take a look and let you know what needs to be done to increase the security of the site.