There are some places on the Internet you just know to avoid. They're usually sites that look "shady," with big flashing buttons that say "Click here," "Watch now" and "Download software." And, if you happen to click on those buttons, you know almost instantly that you opened yourself up for viruses and malware.
But, what about blogs. More specifically, your blog. Or, maybe even the website for your small business. You run it. You're the only one who has passwords and access - so you're safe, right? Wrong.
As more Internet users caught on to the flashing buttons and call outs, hackers were forced to become more sophisticated. Gone are the days where you can immediately identify a website that is likely laced with malicious code. It turns out there are many innocent websites that carry malware. Although, in most cases, it's not intentional. The owners of these sites are just like you - running their businesses, organizing groups, campaigning for their passion projects, and even just blogging.
It doesn't take much for your site to fall victim to this form of hacking. Weak passwords and security insufficiencies can open the door to your website being hacked, and malicious code inserted without you knowing. In fact, sometimes it's as simple as downloading the wrong theme template in WordPress. And, in most cases, your site can be hacked in less than 10 minutes.
Wordfence, a company that produces security software for WordPress sites, recently studied several hacked Web sites, and blogged about this issue. "Examining hacked sites gives us data on how the attackers gained entry and provides us with visibility on the latest attack tools," the post said. And what the researchers found was shocking.
According to their study, hackers have 43 tools that can be implanted and downloaded in just one click. That's why it's so important to keep your software up to date. This goes for the software of the blogging platform you use, as well as your personal computer. Failure to update your system regularly could leave you vulnerable to hackers that are looking for an open window.