Hacktivism is growing in popularity and is a type of online protest, where people hack a website in order to claim their rights or support social, religious and political campaigns. Hacktivists often deface popular websites to spread their message by gaining media attention.
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UK hosting providers don’t allow adult content. So, sometimes hackers will attack websites to host their content there. Worryingly, when this happens you may find that you are being found in Google results for sex-related keywords that you can’t see on your website.
How to stop my website from being hacked
Firstly, a good strong password is absolutely essential. It should include a minimum of eight characters, with both uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. This is super important to prevent hacks.
Next, your computer needs to have some decent antivirus and antimalware installed. This needs to be updated regularly, as malware and viruses on your computer are often the first steps to your website being hacked and exploited.
Never use pirated or cracked software on your computer that has been downloaded from third parties. Better judgement is so often outweighed by the perception of value. You may be tempted to download software, along with the crack, to avoid paying for it. This will obviously save you money in the short term, but a large amount of cracked software contains all kinds of malicious software that will cost you a fortune in the long run. A simple keylogger, hidden in the cracked software, will log any pressed keys from the last 24 hours, risking your login details being logged and used by others. However much it’s going to cost, it is always better to buy licensed software or a subscription package than it is to use pirated software. This way you know the download file is from a 100% trusted source and won’t come with any surprises!
Regular updates to your website software are the final way to avoid a hack on your website, most modern CMS malware and virus infections tend to come from outdated plugins and themes, that hackers have accessed and added code to. Once someone realises their website has been hacked, the response is usually to run a backup. However, the backup often also contains the hacked code. This is why it is imperative to run regular updates. Modern web apps, such as WordPress, offer auto-update options, which is handy for those people who struggle to get around such things.
If you’re concerned that you don’t have the time or skills to keep your website safe from hackers, whatever their motivation, contact Interact-IT via our online form, or call us on 01257 429217.