Hackers use many ways and techniques to crawl almost into any website and insert malicious code into the website’s files.
Once a hacker has control over a website, he/she can do all sorts of damage including the following:
- Steal user passwords, email addresses and credit card numbers.
- Collect email addresses
- Install viruses and malicious software
- Create links back to their website
- Distribute malware to your users and other websites
- Upload unwanted content on your website
- Hijack your website’s traffic
- Delete website contents
- Lock you out by changing your password
- Shut down your website
Worst of all, if you have a business website or invested a great deal of time and money building your blog, you may find yourself paying a high ransom to hackers just to regain access to your website.
Even if your hacked website does not contain much valuable information, it will be affected by one or all of the following:
- Google and other search engines will flag your website as a dangerous site which will discourage visitors from visiting it.
- You will lose the trust and the confidence of your clients.
- Your website will lose its rank in search engines.
- Your website can be used to spam other websites.
If you don’t want your website to become a victim to any cyber security threats, you must invest some time and money in maximizing the security of your website. In addition, you need to constantly monitor and update your security program, either on your own or with the help of a professional.
For more information, read the following articles
Top Biggest cyber-attacks in the 21st century
Hacking statistics for 2019