“LK Advani’s official website hacked again, restored” – Aug 21, 2014, Economic Times.
“Sony Playstation game website hacked” – August 24, 2014, Business Today
LK Advani’s and Sony’s websites were in news last week for getting hacked, again. The website’s display and content were altered and malicious messages were posted so as to downgrade the reputation and use their popularity for promoting selfish interests.
Equally alarming to the news of these websites getting compromised is the fact that all this could have been avoided by having some simple security measures up on the website, which are extremely economical and would have averted the mishaps.
You work day and night with all your sweat and blood to bring the best traffic for your website. But minor ignorances (although major in today’s internet landscape) like forgetting to take care of the security measures give anti-social individuals, software and activites on the internet like Malware, Hacking and Phishing an easy way to compromise your website data’s security and credibility.
Once the customer trust and website credibility is lost due to these illegal activities, it’s next to impossible to bring back the prized customers on your website again. Also, Google and other popular search engines immediately black list the websites whose security is compromised or even if proper security measures aren’t up on the website.
What is Malware, Hacking & Phishing?
Hacked! The most widespread infectious anti-security mechanism on the internet is that of malware. The process of injecting this malware on the website is called as hacking and a similar process that identifies and hacks the confidential information on the website is called as phishing. Let’s get to know them one by one.
Malware-The malicious software- popularly known as malware, can be easily installed on your website by hackers who find weaknesses on your web server. A website can have thousand potential vulnerabilities for the malware injection. Once a malware injection is placed on your website, malware can be easily used to spread viruses.
Hacking– An illegal activity that uses technical know how in order to manipulate the normal functioning of the systems and websites and in turn hamper the original data and its privacy.
Phishing- The process shares analogy with its homophone counterpart ‘Fishing’ as both involve capturing the respective prey. In Phishing however, prey is the target web user who is duped by asking to submit the personal info, credit and debit card details via fraud emails.
How important it is to protect your website data?
Your website grows with the trust of your customers. But once the data credibility is compromised, the trust goes and so do your customers. The malware problem is a huge one and is growing at a fast pace. Hackers keep finding new ways to write bigger and better malware, thus mandating the need of website scanning tool that can counter such measures and give website owners peace of mind.
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