Website hacker on a computer

Website hacks CAN happen to you. Protect yourself.

If you’re a small business owner, you may have thought that hackers only go after big businesses.

“It won’t happen to me.” It’s a thought I can almost see running through people’s minds whenever I talk to them about site security and website hacks. “My business is too small.” “I don’t have anything a hacker would want.” “I don’t collect credit card information.”

The thing is, you DO have something a hacker would want.

As a small business owner, you may think you’re safe from website hacks. But the truth is, hackers are always looking for ways to digitally steal from you – or your customers. Here are six ways they could target your website:

1. Hackers are after money.

Even if you don’t collect credit card information on your website, hackers always look for ways to steal from you.

2. Hackers are after information.

They could be searching for information they could use to steal your identity or attempting to access your valuable client database.

3. Hackers enjoy vandalism.

It’s surprising what these hackers find entertaining. Sure, website vandalism can be politically motivated; but often, it’s just something they do for entertainment. And what’s fun for them can be incredibly destructive for you.

4. Hackers are attempting code execution.

Hackers may be looking to infect websites with malware and malicious code that can take your website down. They look for easy targets – websites without a lot of security – so that they can hack in, plant code, and use YOUR computer into a zombie bot which they can use to hack more computers.

5. Hackers are executing black hat SEO.

Link building for SEO is a valid marketing tool – when it’s done ethically. Unfortunately, there are unethical hackers out there who will hide links to other, completely unrelated websites to boost that other site’s SEO – at the expense of your own.

6. Hackers are after access to another website.

Most small businesses use shared hosting plans. That means that many websites are hosted on the same server. If one site on that server is compromised, it opens a gateway to other sites hosted on the same server.

Three things you can do today to protect yourself

  1. Read our blog post Five Super-Important Tips for WordPress Website Security, which lists five things you can do to help keep yourself, your customers, and your website safe
  2. Implement those things
  3. Get your website on a website protection plan

Even even if it isn’t us, make sure SOMEONE has your back. You can’t put off website security any longer, thinking that it can’t happen to you.

Because it can.

Learn more about SiteCare Security + Support Plans

And there you have it. Your website is your business’s online home, and just like you would protect your actual home, you need to protect your website with a website maintenance plan that fits your needs. No one is immune to hacks, so don’t wait until something bad happens before you take action. Sign up for SiteCare Protection Plan today and rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.

Kristin Heffley

Kristin Heffley is founder and Chief Executive Caffeinator at Caffeinated Design Studio, a visual marketing agency based near Seattle, Washington. She loves coffee, her family, and helping clients create knock-their-socks-off brands, among other things. Her favorite caffeinated drink is a sugar-free vanilla Americano.

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