Daily, 30,000 websites are hacked and 300,000 new pieces of malware are created (Techjury.net). Hackers have more motivations for targeting your website than you think. Without a website maintenance plan, you will not be prepared. Here is a list of the top reasons your website could be targeted: 

  • Stealing sensitive customer information: Hackers can steal the credit card information of your customers or use their personal data to sell for a profit either to the actual customer or to 3rd parties.
  • Malware injections: Malware is code that can be used for malicious attacks on your website. Malware is the most popular way to receive login/password information, credit card fraud, identity theft, adware (pop-ups) and illegally monitoring a site just to name a few. 
  • Virus injection: Similar to malware but a virus is self-propagating. 
  • Create SEO spam:  Some hackers will infiltrate your website without you knowing and change the SEO algorithm. This will plummet your SEO and google search results and can take months/years to recover. This can also allow them to redirect traffic, bypassing your website and going directly to the hacker’s own website. 
  • Ransomware: just how it sounds, a hacker taking over your website and holding it for ransom from you.
  • Internet graffiti: usually a younger person attacking your website for fun. Altering the appearance of your website.