It’s no surprise that hacked websites and data breaches are a widespread and damaging problem in today’s online world. Because websites are directly accessible 24/7 from anywhere in the world, they present an attractive target for cyber criminals. Sometimes hackers attempt to steal personal customer data, misuse credit cards, or perpetrate identify theft. Other times, they simply want to deface a site by hacking into it or taking it down with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
To keep your site safe, it’s critical that you or your website administrator invest the time and effort necessary to ensure your website’s security is as robust as possible. This is especially true if you conduct business on the site—because a hack will almost certainly mean lost revenues—or if your site collects or stores personal customer information. A data breach can damage your reputation, scare away customers, and even get you into legal trouble.