Many an organization prides itself on having a secure website until the unthinkable happens. Someone hacks in, steals valuable information or just generally messes up your daily operations. Multi million organizations such as Facebook and Google +, last year, suffered their fair share of attacks, so much so that Google in April 2019, shut down Google +. It comes as no surprise then that corporate organizations are investing more in cyber security. How about you?
You can tell your website is not secure when…
1. It has no SSL Certificate
An SSL certificate symbolized by a green lock on your URL, is an indication that all communication between your site and your customers are encrypted and safe. A secured website with an SSL certificate, has its URL beginning with https and not http. Some websites might have the lock sign and still not be secure because the lock isn’t genuine. To see the details of your site’s security and ensure it is genuine, click the lock. If it takes you to a verification page, that means your website is working with that security firm. On the other hand, if your URL begins with a http, your site is not secure.
2. Your Browser issues a warning
If your browser for example Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or any other browser, issues a warning at every attempt to visit your website, chances are it has been hacked. Although these messages may vary, its appearance confirms your site has been blacklisted by Google Safe Browsing.
3. Your Emails end up in Spam Folder
When your website is vulnerable, hackers can take advantage of malware on your site to send spam emails to a huge number of people. This would cause email servers around the world to blacklist your server and its IP address. Meaning legitimate emails sent by you, risk ending up in spam folders, an eventual loss of your business and online reputation.
4. Your Website receives Error Messages
If your website works very slow and shows error messages, it has been infected with malware. Malware are software designed to damage, disrupt or gain access to a computer. They can appear in the form of unusual links on your site, especially in the comments section; or as ads and pop-ups that open when customers visit your website. If you have been redirected to another site when you type in your website’s URL, it has been hacked.
5. Your Website is disabled by Hosting Company
Website hosting companies are always on the lookout for malicious codes on their servers, and would instantly disable a hacked website just to ensure that others on the same server don’t suffer the same fate. So, if your website has been disabled by the hosting company, this means it is infected with a malware code.
No cause for alarm if your website ticks all the boxes. There are a number of EC Council Certification Courses, which teach threat detection, response and counter measures against all forms of hacking. In this age where the market place has moved online, leaving one’s website security to chance is akin to economic ruin.