Thanks to repeated website attacks we made some changes…
We Are A New Choice For San Joaquin Valley Businesses That Need A Website!
Actually Media Fusion Studios has been quietly helping businesses around Northern California, build a better presence online. That seems to have gotten someone’s attention because our website has been subject to repeated hacking incidents. The focus on our website is unusual because we are a small company in a small town that isn’t bothering anyone, or so we thought.
Website and data security is always a concern
We develop in WordPress which is by far the most popular web platform for businesses of all sizes, community organizations, school districts and entertainers. The reason 20% of the world’s website manage their content with WordPress is because it is a reliable, and powerful content management system (CMS). In today’s world, building loyal audiences, networking with social media and building good search engine page rank depends on high quality content. WordPress is a marketing power tool that helps organizations leverage their online marketing.
Why would anyone hack another company’s website?
In our case we think the motivation for the website attacks is personal and professional. A simple way to hurt a company today is to take their website down, but that is an easy fix if simple backup strategies are in place. We could just wipe and re-spawn a website in a matter of minutes.
So why bother? The nature of the website attacks may give us a different motivation, an attempt to get our domain blacklisted by search engines! Being blacklisted by a search engine gets a website excluded from search engine ranking pages and takes some effort to reverse. Getting labeled as a “bad” website could crush a company’s marketing efforts because that site would simply not be included in results displayed when a search engine users looks for answers.
So why go public about your website being hacked?
Why not quietly repair or load a backup if we were subject to a website attack? Apparently hoping “it won’t happen to me” isn’t working! Head in sand is not a workable strategy. Reality is successful assaults on websites are just the tip of what websites around the region face every day. This has been a learning experience for us as well as the resources working to resolve who the culprit is. (Seems they are local…)
Isn’t hacking against the law?
Absolutely and that is why we now have even better security and some “friends” who are working to track down the offenders. Hacking a website is a felony, punishable by law and generally that punishment includes provisions to prohibit a person convicted of such a crime to be banned from accessing the internet. So we have been working with “resources” to nail these criminals down while testing ways to lock down website vulnerabilities.
We don’t get mad, we better
Okay, we get mad and we get better. In this last case, we got a lot better because our admin logs have already provided data that will allow our resources to raise the bar a hacker will have to get over. At the same time, we have spruced up our website a bit. Hacking creates expense and frustration, but we are using this experience to better manage our client’s websites. These attacks are unprecedented, but they are also a sign of the times.
Dealing with the continued threat from malicious hackers and their malware
What we are dealing with is what many companies are unprepared for, destruction of their valuable website or worse, a quiet loading of malware the negatively impacts their brand and clients. Regardless of what web platform your company chooses, it is under threat. Defense of your website before the fact is always cheaper than the potential loss of clients, negative impact on brand or search engine blacklisting.
Do not take website security for granted!
The bottom line is you can’t take website security for granted. Doing so could put your investment in the website and search engine optimization services at risk. Think of your total online marketing investment, web design, multimedia and search engine optimization costs, and imagine if your website was blacklisted by Google, Yahoo or Bing? Thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars could be wasted!
Note, a determined hacker can pretty much break anything online, but being prepared raised the level of effort a hacker must use and in some cases, provides additional data to help Federal law enforcement terminate their relationship with the Internet.
Could we be hacked again? Sure, but we are prepared! In most cases the policies we institute manage most typical hack attempts. What has happened to our website in the last 9 months, is highly unusual, but we are taking the opportunity to build an even better website that is more informative, easier to navigate, fully mobile responsive and well, prettier!