Over the last couple of months we’ve been enhancing the security measures on sites we manage.
Brute force entry attempts on weak passwords are a common way in which hackers gain entry to websites to steal data, post spam links to porn or delete files and other malicious acts.
Exploiting known weaknesses in software to sneak past the usual logins is another way that hackers can access your data.
Though we have not suffered any of our sites being hacked, our activity monitors show literally thousands of attempts from automated hacking programs. The threats come from all over the world, but especially China and Eastern Europe.
Basically, the more prominent any website is, the more likely it will be a target for these global nasties.
To combat these threats we have put extra software such as Wordfence in place and regularly check for suspicious activity.
If you want to discuss security on your own website, speak to Ros at Thameside Media.