How Much of a Risk Does Hacking Pose to Your Website?
Have you ever taken a good look at the security settings of your website and wondered the likelihood of you suffering with a hack? No? Then as an SEO expert I would suggest that now might be a good time to do so.
But what if you haven’t got a clue about where to find your security options and don’t have immediate access to a decent website developer?
Well, that might leave you in a bit of a sticky situation.
If there’s one thing that I’ve heard about more times than I’m happy to say – it’s that people’s websites are being hacked. From malicious code that has been placed within the infrastructure of a site, right through to viruses and malware – if hackers can find a way to access your beloved site, you can rest assured that they’ll take advantage of it.
So, how safe is your website?
It isn’t – it’s as simple as that. Even government websites get hacked from time to time and if I’m honest, there really are only a few things that you can do to maximise the chance of the event not happening to you!
Now, I know what you’re thinking… ‘If I get hacked, will I even know about it’? This will depend on the skills of the hacker and what they were hoping to achieve from their unsavoury activity.
Some just enjoy disrupting a businesses’ online presence (more on this later). Others prefer to install their own viruses that can be spread far and wide. Even more hack with a purpose in mind – to find out personal information, or to obtain financial data.
In any event, if you get hacked you may or may not notice.
This is why it can be a great idea to have a web developer to hand, mainly due to the fact that these experts can often detect any issues with coding, or recognise the signs of malware when they see them.
And what can happen if you get hacked?
If you’re one of the thousands of online businesses that are hacked every single year in Australia (and I’m not exaggerating this amount), then you might find yourself facing much more than the need to change your password and remove any malware present.
You could actually find yourself confronted with an SEO-related issue as well, if you’re really unlucky.
What types of SEO-related issues you ask? Well, how does de-listing sound? Or a severe penalty? Google are a business and they want to look as good as possible, so how bad would they appear if your website starts to misbehave as a result of hacking and they continue to place you within their search results?
And that’s why you might find your website being removed from their listings altogether! And the only way to get back (if there even is a way) is to correct the hacking, take care of the issues and then re-index; destroying your SEO strategies and hard work. So, what should you do if you ever find yourself facing this issue?
It’s simple – just get in touch with an expert for immediate help and advice. I can offer support when it comes to the impact on your SEO and get your site back in action, but you’ll need to call or email me first!