Your reputation is one of the most important things that you have and own. Protecting it is pivotal. One often overlooked thing by business is hacking. Sites can be hacked and websites can be brought down causing all sorts of reputation issues – here are some tips to prevent these issues.
It’s not fun to have your site hacked.
Hackers can hijack secure information, inject malware into your SQL database, modify or remove data, place backdoors in your scripts in order to initiate future attacks and hurt your IP’s reputation. In addition, a hacked site is often the target of future attacks. That’s why it’s extremely difficult to clean a compromised website and restore it to normalcy.
The best protection you have from falling victim to a hacker is prevention. Here are a few things you can do to save yourself from the frustration of dealing with a hacker attack.
Up-to-Date Scripts and Installations
Most sites are compromised through existing scripts, including third-party extensions and plugins according to crisis PR firm Reputation Communication. Many of these products are not thoroughly tested. Hackers can scan domains for sites that have these scripts with known vulnerabilities and gain access. In order to prevent attacks, limit the number of extensions and plugins on your site. And don’t just disable the plugins, delete the files if you no longer need it.