Why Is WordPress Security Important?

If you have read the news lately you will probably have seen something to do with some big corporate business getting hacked and having millions of customers data compromised. This is common because in the world which we live we are surrounded by technology. Cyber security and Cyber attacks have become hot topics in recent years with some of the biggest names like Home Depot, Target, Sony, and Adobe getting hacked. As a business owner or web developer we live in fear that our websites will too be a victim of hackers. Why the fear of losing millions of customers data probably isn’t going to happen with a WordPress hack, there are other serious threats that exist with WordPress and websites and your site could be next.

Common Types of WordPress Hacks

Defacements – Defacements occur when a hacker infiltrates your website and uploads an image that is exposed to the end user. This can leave a feeling of distrust in your visitors and they will leave.

Malware – Malware can be embedded and distributed in many forms. Common malware hacks are invisible to the naked eye but can be damaging to anyone clicking on your website as they could accidentally download something to their personal computer.

Back linking – Another common hack is back linking which usually consists of a hacker embedding links to another website so it will get better traffic rankings or accidental clicks to their website. Common back links are porn sites, escort services sites, and other nasty and unprofessional sites.

Complete Takeover – A complete takeover is when a hacker uploads a file into your server and takes over your entire page with their own code and message. These can be scary and quickly turn your visitors away.

Physical Cost and Opportunity Loss of A Hacked Website

There is no exact number to put on the cost of a hack because their are so many variables in play. One of the biggest losses are opportunity costs. If you customers lose trust or if they can’t access your website they will leave and find another company. This devalues your brand and the loss of potential sales can really hurt a business if they don’t quickly fix the hack and prevent it from coming back in the future.

Sometimes hacks can be very costly because the files may be unsalvageable or deleted. If this happens their is no other option then to restore from a recent backup (if you have one) or rebuild the site all together. Website hack recovery and malware cleanup can be done by our SiteSecure.Me team and you can learn more about the prices and options by clicking here.