Without constant monitoring and security updates, your website is vulnerable to being hacked. 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year, hack and exploit bots are hard at work scanning the internet for websites containing known exploits.
After a new update is released, details about security flaws in the older version are often released. And what this means is that if you don’t upgrade to the latest software version, hackers will literally have a roadmap to getting into your website.
The result of hacking can be :
- Site blacklisted by Google and other search engines
- Domain marked as a spammer, and emails blocked to certain email providers
- Your site can become a phishing site, serving as vendor for pornography, pharmaceuticals or male sex enhancers without your knowledge
- Install viruses on visitor’s computers
- Redirect visitors to other sites
- Use your website to attack other websites, bringing them down
- Your site can be taken completely down and replaced with a page showing obscene messages
- Send out obscene spam messages to people on your mailing list
- Site blocked by antivirus programs on visitors’ browsers
Recovering a hacked site involves more than just restoring the files and database. Sites need to be resubmitted to search engines for review to be removed from blacklists, and repairing your site’s reputation with internet providers, and antivirus/antimalware program blacklists, such as Bitdefender and Norton Antivirus.