How do you know if a website is hacked or is dangerous?
Most hacking today is NOT motivated by a political or religious cause, or even someone out to prove something.
Forget about the Hollywood image of a nerdy adolescent sitting in front of a computer late a night, surrounded by pizza boxes and soda cans.
Professional cyber criminal syndicates are now behind most hacking and malware.
They use bots (automated scripts), malware and phishing techniques to hack as many websites, online accounts and devices as they can.
They don’t care who you are or how much money you have.
Everyone is targeted – they do not discriminate; it’s a numbers game.
They also employ the latest sophisticated social engineering techniques to fool people and circumvent security.
MOST HACKED WEBSITES ARE BACKDOORED
A 2016 Sucuri report on compromised web properties looked at 20 thousand websites that were hacked this year.
Almost three quarters of all the hacked sites were backdoored, meaning that they continued to look and function normally, but in the background they were stealing data or infecting visitors with malware.
These backdoors are often harder for web integrity scanners to detect.
UNSAFE SITE WARNINGS
Do you rely on Google or other web integrity scanners to warn you if a site is unsafe?
Google identified and backlisted just over half these hacked sites, while Norton Safeweb only identified 38 per cent and McAfee SiteAdvisor identified just 11 percent.
This means you really cant rely on these warnings.
YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOURSELF
To start with you need to make sure that the device you are using (computer, tablet, smart phone etc) has up-to-date malware protection installed.
If you use one of the many FREE anti-virus software products, you are only partially protected, because today you need more than just anti-virus software.
This is why all of these FREE anti-virus products have an upgrade to a paid version.
Virus infection is only one of many online threats you need to protect yourself from.
REVIEW YOUR CURRENT INTERNET SECURITY
Time to stop thinking of internet security terms of just anti-virus or malware protection, and start thinking about online safety and privacy.
You need proactive protection from a host of online threats including identity fraud and theft, phishing, pharming, spam, scams, cyber bullies, sexual predators and more…
Does your current internet security software protect you from most of these threats?
If not, then we recommend you check out the following internet security solutions:
About the Author
Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development.