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How can I prevent hacking and online website attacks?

In a nutshell : Being proactive, updating, and relying on your web design professional for the latest protection.

There is one undeniable truth about hacking, malware and online attacks; If you have not been hit already, it’s certain that you eventually will.

Hackers and spamming will get worse. There are multiple types of hacks and attacks. Most common server-side or web site hosting side hacking include;

SQL Injections where spammer and hackers attempt to insert visual links in hopes someone will click these to initiate a more malicious attack inside your browser install a program or infect a computer. In late 2013 Forbes posted an article titled ‘30,000 Web Sites Hacked a Day’. Since this time the numbers have increased 10 fold. Below is an excerpt from a July 2016 article from Fortune;

“In case you needed a reminder that hacking is big business: a group of cybercriminals operating as part of a Chinese advertising firm, has been running a malicious ad racket that rakes in roughly $300,000 monthly, according to Check Point, an Israeli cybersecurity company. “ ref: http://fortune.com/2016/07/05/chinese-android-malware-hummingbad/

No hosting plan or website is 100% hack proof. The list of hacked servers and websites is long and distinguished. Here are just a few: The White house, Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Dept. of Education, Anthem, Kohl’s Department Stores, Target, Sony, Staples, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Linked In, major businesses and everyone in between. The best hacking defense is a proactive defense. The 2 most recommend hacking mitigation services are Site lock and Sucuri.

If you do not have these services talk you your web developer or hosting company about implement these online services. On the client-side (your website) best practices include; updating Word Press plugins, updating Joomla extension, plugins, and modules, updating software, strong password management, and changing both hosting and website credentials every quarter.

Even the CEOs of high profile technology firms are not immune to attack. Victims include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Oculus’ Brendan Iribe, Yahoo’s Marisa Mayer and, now new to the list, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.

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