written by Chris Griesemer

When I talk with community banks and business owners about high risk technology most everyone believes their website is very low on a risk scale. After all it is hosted by a secure company and most business web sites are just used to give information. There is no customer information so the hackers don’t waste their time trying to hack them.

This seems like logical thinking but unfortunately, hackers don’t think that way. There are new attacks where a hacker will gain access to a website (hack the site) and change the home page so instead of it saying the business name, it will say, “YOU HAVE BEEN HACKED!” No customer information was stolen but the business now fears reputational risk.

Another scheme hackers use is to gain access to a business website (hack the site) and go mutiple pages deep into the site. When they find the page they want they add a link to the page leading anyone who clicks on the link to a site that might ask for credit card number, bank account routing numbers or username and password information. Since this bogus link is on the business web site, customers of this business might not think twice about providing this information.

So what can you do? Some hosting companies provide a web site change notification service. They notify you if any change has been made to your website. If you find out your web hosting company doesn’t provide this service, you can always purchase a web site monitoring tool. These programs are relatively cheap and very easy to use. You install the software on your computer, point it to a web site you would like to monitor and it will notify you anytime a change is made to that site. One web monitoring program is called Check and Get. This is cheap way to make sure hackers don’t attack your web site.

If you have any questions about website hacking, contact Chris Griesemer for more information 417-881-0145.

written by Chris Griesemer