Any business which has a website will hopefully be seeing many positives as a result including better brand awareness, an increase in prospects and improved rankings on Google. All great stuff, but at moment’s notice they can all come to a shuddering halt if the website in question gets hacked. The consequences can go from an hour or two of inconvenience to a full-blown ransom demand to unlock the website and crucially all the data stored on its servers.
Hopefully, you never have to go through any experiences of your website being hacked, but it does no harm to be aware of the risks, and more importantly, being in a position to know how to prevent your website from being hacked in the first place. Hacking takes many forms so it can be a bit confusing trying to work out how to prevent them all. It will help if you first have an understanding of why hacking occurs so that you can assess if any of the reasons apply to your business.
Why Are Websites Hacked?
We should start by saying that not all hacking takes place for nefarious reasons. Some hacking is done ethically by software or online security organisations checking the vulnerabilities of websites and advising those who own them about the risks that exist to their website, and by default, their business.