We receive a lot of advice on protecting ourselves from identity theft, and keeping our credit cards safe. This is both when we’re swiping and when we’re doing transactions online. Fraudsters can pose as us and use our credit cards. Reversing those charges can be stressful, and it isn’t always successful. Plus, while your cash can be refunded, the dings on your credit score are harder to reverse. But what about your website itself? Well, fraudsters could attack your URL for two main reasons. One, they want your customer data, which they can resell. This is both their card information and their marketing profiles. Their emails could be sold to spammers, or even to genuine advertisers for unscrupulous targeting.
The second reason is to hijack your reputation. If you’ve built a name for your brand, fraudsters could use your social capital to push their own products and services. They could take over your site, ruining your good name in the process. Sometimes, your website is a deliberate target. But most of the time, hackers build generic bits that attack websites en masse, looking for vulnerabilities and tapping into them. You could simply be a victim of volume. So how do you keep your website safe? It helps to know attack methods so you can defend yourself. It’s not a solution, but it’s a good starting point.
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Some examples of what a hacker could do on your website:
- inject code onto your website
- take over your admin rights
- erase your content, and replace it with their own
Work with a PCI compliant website to minimise the risk of data interception, protecting both your website and individual customers. It encrypts their card details as they’re typed in. Install a proven security system like Comodo cWatch. It continually scans your website for attacks and threats, sending you notifications as needed. It also uses WAF technology (Web Access Firewalls) to automatically validate any data coming in. Malicious code is instantly locked out and quarantined. For more advice on protecting your website from hackers and malware, call HostAfrica today.