Did you know 30,000 websites get hacked globally in a day? This means that 64% of companies have been victims of at least one cyber-attack. Hacking a website is becoming increasingly easier. To be able to protect your business from outside attacks, one must be able to understand what exactly hacking is. This blog focuses on the different aspects of hacking a website, such as why it happens, how it happens, and what to look for in case it happens.
Why Would a Hacker Take Over a Website?
The goal of a hacker is the same no matter what they are hacking. First off, they want to be able to infiltrate. This means they want to gain access to an organization’s data gradually and secretly in order to acquire secret information. Once that information is retrieved, they can take over the data, and ultimately, sell it on the black market for a profitable gain, or hold the website for ransom.
How Does Someone Get Hacked?
Websites can get hacked in a number of ways. First and foremost, hackers play the guessing game of trying to figure out usernames and passwords. They try generic passwords, password generator tools, and more. These are increasingly easier to hack when websites don’t enforce strong passwords. Aside from guessing passwords, they also use phishing emails and try to get you to click on risky links.
Hacking can also be done when a user uses public Wi-Fi. Yes, public Wi-Fi may be convenient for you when you are at the local coffee shop getting some work done. But it also makes you more vulnerable. Public Wi-Fi has no protection, and as a result, hackers can gain access to your emails and passwords and can even hijack your website credentials. This also gives hackers the ability to steal your cookies from your browser and mimic them, which gives them access to your information as well.
How Do I Know My Website Has Been Hacked?
The worst part about someone hacking your website is that there is no pre-cursor that your website has been taken over. By the time you know your website isn’t working properly, it’s too late. You’ve already been hacked. What are the signs? Well, there are several ways to know your website has been hacked. Your site is loading slower than normal, your website is making uncontrolled redirects, your hosting provider may take your site offline, and Google will also flag your site.
If these signs are occurring, your next step is to contact a cybersecurity expert. That’s where we come in! At Lehigh Valley Technology Company, we will take the time to help you understand what is happening and what we are doing to access the issue and put proper tools in place to prevent this from reoccurring. No matter the time of day, we have an expert on call, ready to assist you in protecting your website and your company.