How Websites Get Hacked – Third Party Software Integration

Graphic of a hacked website

This is the third in my series ‘How do Websites Get Hacked’. The first one dealt with theft and misuse of usernames and passwords and the second one dealt with software vulnerabilities. In this one we will look at Third Party Integrations. What are third party integrations? In WordPress terms: plugins and themes. Plugins One… Read more

Are HTTPS Websites Secure?

I saw an interesting discussion in a forum recently, during which it was asserted that once you move your website to HTTPS it becomes secure. But… Just because a website is running on HTTPS that does not mean it is secure. The only thing that an HTTPS website does is to protect the data that… Read more

My Website has Been Hacked – Where’s that Website Disaster Recovery Plan?

To fail to plan is a plan to fail Yes, we’ve all heard that expression before. And we probably chuckled and moved on. But if you don’t have a website disaster recovery plan you really are courting disaster. After all, they’re not difficult to come up with and creating one is just common sense. Anything… Read more

Password Re-use – Why you Need a Website Password Manager

Re-used password wraning

I use the same password on all my accounts – I can’t remember different passwords for each one A recent survey done by SecureAuth Corp and Wakefield Research found that 81% of the people interviewed used the same password on more than one account. That number rose to 92% among Millennials, 36% of whom also… Read more

How do Websites Get Hacked – Software Vulnerabilities

Screnshot of hacked website

In the first article in this series I gave some background information on the scale of cyber-crime and looked at the different ways hackers can steal your usernames and passwords. Theft and misuse of usernames and passwords is one of three principle ways websites get hacked. The other two are: Software vulnerabilitiesThird party software integration… Read more

How do Websites get Hacked – Username and Password Theft

Screenshot of a hacked website

Three types of WordPress hacks I’ve said elsewhere on this site that cyber-crime is probably the only real growth industry around today. The scale of it is daunting. So this and the next 2 articles will look at how websites get hacked and, in particular, the three broad types of hack that affect WordPress websites… Read more