How secure is your website? Cybercrime has been steadily increasing over the past decade and the number and sophistication of hacking attempts has been increasing along with it. One tactic increasingly used by many cybercriminals gangs is drive-by download attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in outdated browser plug-ins to automatically download and install their rogue software.
You’ve probably heard it is a good idea to keep your computer updated to include the latest security patches, but are you protecting your web site as well?
This article from PC World recently reported that over 30,000 WordPress sites have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary goal is to distribute rogue antivirus software.
According to the article:
Many of the blogs compromised in these recent attacks were running outdated WordPress versions, had vulnerable plug-ins installed or had weak administrative passwords susceptible to brute force attacks, said David Dede, a security researcher with website integrity monitoring firm Sucuri Security. “It seems the attackers are trying everything lately.”
We take security seriously in the development of our applications and websites. Strong passwords and keeping your website updated are basics that every website owner should follow. For our customers with WordPress sites, we now offer a maintenance service which includes updates to WordPress, the framework and plug-ins as well as backups of your website and database. All updates are tested for compatibility in our development environment before being deployed on your live site. Keeping secure is important, but it doesn’t have to be cumbersome.
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