Reality Check: How Often Do Websites Get Hacked?

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    Reality Check - How Often Do Websites Get Hacked

    Website security is as crucial as it is concerning. We’ve all heard stories about websites getting hacked, and it’s enough to make anyone lose sleep. How often do sites get hacked? According to Zippia, a website is hacked every 39 seconds. Even more concerning? The global average cost of a data breach increased 15% over the last 3 years.

    CMS Security

    Content Management Systems (CMS) are the backbone of countless websites, enabling easy content creation and management. However, the very convenience that CMS platforms provide can sometimes come at the cost of security.

    Your CMS might not be as secure as you think it is. This isn't to scare you, but to emphasize the importance of staying vigilant. Cybercriminals are known to exploit vulnerabilities in CMS platforms, and without proper security measures in place, your website could become a prime target.

    The SSL Safety Net

    One line of defense against hacking lies in SSL certificates. These little cryptographic gems not only enhance your website's security but also establish trust with your visitors. At Marketpath, we take SSL certificates seriously and provide free automated SSL certificates for all websites. It's a small step that can make a big difference in thwarting hacking attempts.

    The Love Story with Marketpath CMS

    Speaking of security, let's talk about Marketpath CMS. Developers often have a love-hate relationship with various content management systems. Some CMS platforms can be clunky, difficult to work with, and prone to security risks. But that's where Marketpath CMS stands out.

    Developers love Marketpath CMS for its streamlined interface, robust security features, and the ease of customization. When your website's foundation is strong, the chances of successful hacking attempts decrease significantly.

    The WordPress Struggle

    Let's address the elephant in the room: WordPress. 

    While it's incredibly popular and powers a significant portion of the internet, WordPress has its challenges. In another blog post, we explored eight reasons why developers often struggle with WordPress. From security concerns to plugin vulnerabilities, WordPress can sometimes open doors to hackers.

    On the flip side, Marketpath CMS offers a smoother, more secure experience for developers, sparing them the headaches that can accompany other platforms.

    Hacking by the Numbers

    According to recent statistics, thousands of websites are compromised daily. It's estimated that on average 30,000 new websites are hacked every day. This might sound alarming, but it underscores the relentless efforts of cybercriminals.

    Hackers are creative and persistent, constantly evolving their tactics to exploit vulnerabilities. From stealing sensitive information to injecting malicious code, the consequences of a successful hack can be devastating.

    The Bottom Line

    It's clear that website hacking is a genuine concern. With the ever-increasing connectivity of the digital world, no website is completely immune to the threat. However, by adopting robust security measures, staying vigilant, and choosing the right CMS platform, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to hacking attempts.

    If you're interested in learning more about website security and how Marketpath CMS can help safeguard your online presence, be sure to check out the linked resources throughout this post.

    Stay informed, stay secure, and keep those cyber threats at bay.

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    About the Author

    Kevin Kennedy

    Kevin Kennedy, Marketpath’s VP Marketing and Professional Services, has been working on business strategy, digital marketing, and website technology for over 20 years. Prior to joining Marketpath in 2009, Kevin worked for Delta Faucet Company, including roles as Director of E-Business, where he led the company's technology strategy, and Director of Interactive Marketing. 

    Kevin graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and received his M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, Bridget, and their five children, travel, and various sports activities, while also participating on the non-profit boards for The Children's TherAplay Foundation and Juega Como Campeon.

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