Nowadays, we don’t think anything of strolling down the street, texting a couple of friends whilst simultaneously googling the location of a new restaurant. But with the normalisation of instant-access-anywhere technology comes the increase in the incidences of hacking and of online security fences being breached. As technology has become more accessible, so has the desire for a small but powerful number of individuals to wreak online havoc.
It’s never really been quite clear what hackers are trying to accomplish. The hacking community used to be about a collection of maverick technology geeks practising their skills more concerned with the latest programming code than any criminal intent. The ‘white hat hacker’, for example, is someone hired by a company to break into its computer network in order to find vulnerabilities – a source of good, you might say.
On the other side of the coin, however, there’s an increasingly dangerous element to hacking. The rise of the ‘black hat hacker’ denotes those who have financial gains or malicious intent in mind by carrying out their actions. It’s not just big businesses with a public profile that have been victims but small businesses need to be aware of the consequences too.
Some of the most well-known hacking incidents only come to light long after the deed has been done. Heard of the TJX Hacker case? This was reported to be the largest identity hack in history, where over 4 million academic journals were downloaded from the website of US university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Or take the case from earlier this year where millions of Yahoo email accounts were breached – a Russian hacker had hijacked accounts for a global spam email campaign. The FBI ended up temporarily shutting down Yahoo’s email service only after an investigation by a Channel 4 news team had uncovered the problem.
Most hackers don’t leave big announcements about their actions but try to go undetected. In what was called the ‘biggest cyber attack in history’ in March this year, the internet across the world was slowed down. Servers from a UK-based spam filtering service, Spamhaus, were allegedly attacked by a Dutch web hosting company, protesting against the blocking of certain email filters. With the knock-on result that global internet traffic was adversely affected.
So what does this mean for you and your small business website? You know that your online presence needs to be secure. You want to keep your website and, most importantly, your visitors and their information in a safe environment so they keep coming back. Your data should not be compromised in any way.
Using Clever Business Websites as your website services provider can be the key to avoiding having a hacked website. Whilst we can’t provide a 100% guarantee against any future global server hacking incidents, our well-structured security systems and technical knowhow ensure that any possible downtime is kept to the absolute minimum. You can be assured that you have experts working for you to keep everything running smoothly as it should be. Going it alone by looking after the hosting and the maintenance of a website yourself, without the backup and expertise of a professional website provider, leaves you much more exposed and vulnerable.
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