What do a chiropractic clinic, a vegetable oil producer, a music band, and a property management company have in common?
Their Wordpress websites have all been hacked and are showing up on the first page of a Google search for online loans.
None of these small businesses is remotely involved with loaning money, yet each of their websites has a subpage that offers a quick and easy online loan application.
This kind of hacking is very common, and thousands of small business owners with a face this problem on a daily basis - and almost always unknowingly. These types of pages are added without any sign of warning, and hackers often hide them in subfolders that are difficult to find, so they can easily go undetected by the person or company that manages the website.
How Does It Happen?
Wordpress and other popular open source content management systems (CMS) make it easy for someone to build a custom website, even with little knowledge and know-how. Users pick a theme they like and can then customize their site further by installing plugins that enhance functionality. While an open source CMS can offer thousands of plugins for users to choose from, those plugins are rarely updated, which makes them susceptible to infiltration from hackers. Once a hacker has entered a site through a plugin, they can create hundreds of pages in an instant. A recent article from Search Engine Journal highlights how one hack can potentially affect millions of websites, citing a vulnerability that was discovered in the popular SEO by Yoast Wordpress plugin.
What Can You Do?
The best way to keep your website protected from the threat of hackers is to use a secure CMS, such as MYCE™, the proprietary CMS developed for clients of High Level Marketing (HLM). Since MYCE™ is exclusive and doesn’t allow third party plugins, HLM websites are much safer from hacking than websites using a universal CMS.
MYCE™ is ideal CMS for businesses in any industry, and its user-friendly interface makes it easy for even the most novice user to manage site content, communicate with current and future clients, and track visitor behavior.
If you’re interested in learning more about how MYCE™ can improve your website’s security and expand the reach of your small business, contact HLM today!