You have a website, and that is a vital part of your life. It can be a personal blog running on WordPress or a simple PHP portfolio website.
But did you take any security steps to protect your site from cyber threats? What can you do if your website is exposed its vulnerability to a potential hacker?
Do you know, cyber attacks are significantly increasing day by day?
Unfortunately, most of the cyber attacks are generating through internet-based services. The sad reality is that netizens are not aware of the vulnerabilities and they don’t have enough resources to protect themselves. In worse, people are not bothered about the impact of cyber threats.
The global cyber security software company, Symantec Corporation released its Internet Security Threat Report 2019 recently.
Here Are a Few Key Points
- One in Ten URLs Is Malicious.
- Web Attacks Increased 56%.
- Formjacking Attacks Skyrocketed, With an Average of 4,800 Websites Compromised Each Month.
- Mobile Ransomware Attacks Increased by 33%.
- 48% of Malicious Email Attachments Are Office Files.
- 1000% Increase in Malicious Powershell Scripts.
WordPress Is the Most Targeted and Infected CMS
Yes, WordPress is the most popular CMS, and we too love WordPress. Since WordPress is the most used back end of websites, naturally, more and more hackers are targeting WordPress each day.
As per the Hacked Website Report 2018 by Sucuri, WordPress infections rose from 83% in 2017 to 90% in 2018
Though it certainly, doesn’t mean that WordPress Core developers are not considering security updates. The most notorious threats to WordPress and other CMS stem from vulnerabilities introduced by third-party solutions such as add-on modules, plugins, themes, and extensions.
Top 3 Modified Files by Malware
34.5% of sites had their index.php files modified after a compromise, indicating that this file is a significant asset that should be included in file integrity monitoring systems.
Index files are found on nearly every PHP site and are guaranteed to be loaded during web page generation. This makes them prime infection targets for bad actors.
Attackers modify these files for a variety of reasons including malware distribution, server scripts, phishing attacks, black hat SEO, conditional redirects, and defacement.
Sucuri also identified that 13.5% of sites had modified functions.php files after a successful attack. These files are often used to deploy SEO spam and other malicious payloads, including backdoors and injections.
The third most common file modified after a compromise was wp-config.php.
There are several reasons why the index.php, functions.php and wp-config.php files make for preferred targets among attackers.
- They are loaded on every site access.
- They belong to a group of core files not overwritten during WordPress updates.
- They are often ignored by integrity monitoring systems, as the value often changes frequently.
Cyber Threats in India
Hackers are targeting countries like India because of the increasing internet adoption and lack of online security awareness of our citizens.
For example, WordPress is the most popular CMS is in India too. WordPress local instances are free, but to have more features on the website, the website owners need to install third-party plugins. Most of the plugins are freemium or premium with expensive subscription plans.
Majority of the new website owners can’t afford such costly tools as they are mostly students and aspiring entrepreneurs with a minimal budget.
Sadly, they often look for nulled themes and plugins without realising how dangerous it is. There are many websites and closed Facebook groups who offer nulled/cracked pro themes and plugins.
But these files were mostly compromised, and installing it on their websites will have potential threats to the website owners and visitors.
Hackers can easily add malware codes and activate attacks like Formjacking, Cryptojacking, Ransomware etc. These new threats are mostly stealth modes, and most of the security tools were unable to identify.
Imunify360 Is the Solution
We believe that security is a fundamental right, especially a primary concern for any online activities. We have tested many security tools, but we found that Imunify360 outperformed every other security applications.
After a couple of months of research and testing, we have tightly integrated Imunify360, an ultimate and effective six-layer security solution with our operating systems and control panels.
What Is Imunify360?
Imunify360 is an automated security solution, powered by AI and Proactive Defense, that will protect your websites from infections, maintain secure kernels, and keep you in the know with relevant information.
Imunify360 is all-in-one security with robust herd protection against the newest attacks, powered by AI. Imunify360’s sophisticated detection of known and unknown security threats, including zero-day and distributed brute force attacks, delivers powerful, complete protection for your cPanel account.
Proprietary Proactive Defense Technology
Imunify360 has a proprietary technology called Proactive Defense that stops known and unknown malware.
Imunify360 continuously analyses scripts and recognises dangerous behaviours in them in real time. It stops malware, both new and old, from running on your servers in the first place.
The Complete Six-layer Security
Imunify360 has excellent features such as Centralized Incident Management, Advanced Firewall, Intrusion Detection and Protection System, Malware Detection and One Click Automated Removal, Proactive Defense, Patch Management, Reputation Management etc.
The Blamer; a Proactive Defense Extension
Detecting a website infection isn’t enough. To stop it happening again, you need to know how it got there.
50 to 70 per cent of shared hosting websites have infections. Finding and removing malware and viruses is easy. But they’ll come back unless you know how they got there and where they originated.With Blamer, the latest addition to the security suite, you can now know how an attacker gains access to your website.
That means, you have more power to protect your website, even if it hacked once.
cPanel and Plesk Integrated ImunifyAV
Imunify360 is a more powerful tool; that’s why leading web hosting control panels like cPanel and Plesk trusted them and started integrating ImunifyAV in every cPanel and Plesk installed servers by default.
ImunifyAV is a free tool of Imunify360 with a minimal number of features. ImunifyAV+ is a premium tool, and Imunify360 is the ultimate protection package.
Imunify360 Is Free for You
Imunify360 is a costly security suite, but since we treat security is fundamental, we have decided to activate Imunify360 protection for free for all of our customers.
We don’t need anyone faces blacklisting and other troubles just because they can’t afford such expensive software tool.
If you have a live website, you can start protecting them right away; just after signing up with us. For those curious minds, we have a 30 Days Free Trial as well.
Take a wise step now, and protect your website and your customers from the latest cyber threats.