One of the biggest crimes in this age – and certainly one of the most dangerous for businesses – is cybercrime and cyber-attacks. The digital age has allowed for limitless connectivity with virtually anyone anywhere in the world, and while this is a good thing for connecting with peers on a personal level and with customers for businesses, this also means that, at any time, people online are at risk of falling victim to various cybercrimes like data theft and phishing.
The dangers of the digital realm are nothing short of new in this age. There are always reports of people being compromised online, whether in the form of stolen personal data unwittingly entered in what seemed like a legitimate website at the time, being baited into scams by entities disguising themselves as trustworthy people, cyberextortion, unwarranted surveillance (such as in the case of laptop webcams being used unknowingly by the owners as a tool against their privacy), etc. Many individuals have fallen prey to these attacks, but they are not the only ones susceptible to such.
Even large corporations have experienced this kind of digital horror, and they have larger things at stake for their lack of digital security. Just this year, HBO was compromised when about 1TB of its data was stolen from its online database and the hackers have threatened to release certain personal information about the staff and actors involved with the company, as well as the episodes of the anticipated Season 7 of its tentpole series “Game of Thrones”, which was airing at the time. Even Yahoo!, in 2013, was deeply affected by the hacking.
Despite these widespread incidents, however, 73% of WordPress sites still remain vulnerable to being attacked – and this is alarming as it clearly means that a good portion of WordPress users are vulnerable to having their data stolen. This data can range from simple, non-intrusive ones that can be replaced immediately without repercussions on its loss, to highly-sensitive ones that might not only risk the company but its clientele as well.
At the forefront of WordPress protection is the WordPress firewall, which can deliver more than just protect your website against potential cyber attacks. Learn more about WordPress firewalls with this infographic by NewtLabs.