How Websites Get Infected, And How They Infect You

Oct 28, 2015

There are currently an estimated 944 million websites on the internet today. That number is expected to reach a height of 1 billion by the end of 2015 as it did last year. That’s a big number, especially when you think that an estimated 1% of those websites are hacked or infected and are waiting for you to visit them and unknowingly download a virus or other malicious software. That is approximately 9 million infected websites that act like landmines for your computer.

Website Security

How Does This Happen?  In 3 ways:

Third Party Integration

  • Best exemplified by website ads, third party integration is when a website invites a third party into the site to share data or provide a service. Usually these integrations make the website better, but like everything on the internet, there is always a malicious site waiting to infect you. This means that even the most legitimate site can still carry the infection via ads or secondary services like videos or links.

Software Vulnerability

  • Software is created with code programmed by people, people who make mistakes. Software vulnerabilities are the little cracks in the programming that leave room for hackers to get in. When one of these cracks is found, the software company usually updates the program to fix the bug, but more often times it is the hacker who finds the bug first, not the programmers.

Access Control

  • This just means how you log into your computer, social media, work system, etc. In many ways your login is like the key and the front door to your home. It is important to keep your username and password private to assure the security profile. Leaving yourself logged in lets 3 party attackers access your profile and all of the information it contains.

4 ways on how to protect yourself!

  • Ensure that all software is up-to-date.
  • Limit administrative privileges to access files, etc.
  • Register company websites with search engines.
  • Add an extra layer of security with website firewall software.

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