Hackers work on an increasingly large scale. Every year, the number of cybercrimes grows. According to the PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) report on cybercrime, more than half of the companies surveyed had suffered no less than six attempts to break into their internal systems in the last year. And this number continues to grow, because these crimes are committed not only by people, but also by special hacker-created software that looks for loopholes in the code and security systems, and then takes action.
What does it mean that a site is hacked?
A website is hacked when people from the outside gain access to its systems without the owner's consent. Hackers take over a page in order to achieve a variety of benefits, the most common ones being material. Often they block the site and demand ransom from its owner – during this time, visitors may see a message about the dangers of visiting the site, which may worsen its position in Google's search results, and, consequently, sales. It is also common for customer data to be stolen.
Sometimes hackers change the site content or set a redirect to other websites to gain strong links and traffic, and also send spam. Hackers do not always reveal themselves. Sometimes website owners may not even realize that their site has been hacked. Then the criminals can, for example, install viruses on the computers of visitors to a given page. Hackers may therefore operate in a number of ways, depending on the benefits they want to achieve.
What do hackers hunt for?
In addition to the aforementioned customer data or website owner money, hackers are hungry for other data. Company employees are increasingly frequent victims of hackers. There have been cases when their sensitive data, including correspondence and even entire payrolls, has leaked to the internet. Hackers are getting more devious, and their tools more advanced – for this reason, their victims are not only end clients, but also entire institutions, and even banks.
Once in a while, there are especially loud scandals connected with hacker activities. One of these was the attack on Sony Pictures in 2014, in which confidential information about the company, management and employees, as well as plans for future films was stolen. Spoilers about new productions, including a Bond film, also leaked. And although it is said that the attack was done by North Korea as revenge for a comedy produced by Sony about the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, this example illustrates what hackers might be able to perfectly.
What makes hacking a website easier?
Apart from obvious negligence, such as setting easy-to-crack passwords – this issue is still neglected, as well as periodic password changes – attacks are also conducive to, among others, outdated versions of applications (WordPress or Joomla) or add-ons. For this reason, it is important to install updates, both of web applications and add-ons and the entire computer operating system.
It is also important to use anti-virus programs. However, this applies not only to tools installed on local computers. Internet antiviruses that specialize in searching websites for a particular malicious code or malware are also increasingly popular. One of such antivirus applications providing up to date protection is Webanti, a software developed by a team from Katowice.
How will Webanti protect my website?
Webanti is an antivirus/anti-malware application which operates in the SaaS model. The security provided by Webanti – specifics depending on the chosen package – is based on searching the website for dangers such as malicious code. Importantly, Webanti has an "antivirus system engine", which means that after each detection of a new strain of malware or virus, information about it goes into the Webanti database.
Thanks to this solution, the Webanti system is able to detect a virus on a website in as little as 0.1 seconds. Webanti offers four security packages, depending on the needs of the domain owner. The basic one, which provides protection to one address, is completely free, meaning we are free to see how the software works at any moment.
Why Use Webanti?
Webanti not only provides advanced software, but also consultant care both during implementation and later, during the use of the application. Even if you choose the free protection option, Webanti users can count on company employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.
An important function of Webanti is also the sending of notifications to the owner of the site after each incident. Every time the system must intervene – that is, when it detects malware and removes it – the owner of the site is informed of the situation. Each customer is therefore in control and sees the effects of the application's activity.
For this reason, the Webanti application has become a leader among antivirus and anti-malware applications providing real-time protection.
Regardless of the size of the page and the number of clients, every website needs protection. This is all the more important because the symptoms of website hacking may not be immediately visible. For this reason it is important to use specialized solutions. Therefore, do not wait until someone takes control of your website. Take advantage of the experience and knowledge of specialists, use proven and continuously developed solutions – use Webanti.