How Do Websites Get Hacked? Ways to Protect Website from Hacking Attacks

How Do Websites Get Hacked. Ways to Protect Website from Hacking Attacks

Forbes contributor and security expert James Lyne says that “On average 30,000 new websites are identified every day distributing malicious code to any users passing by”.

Isn’t that alarming?

From buying groceries to carrying out banking transactions, Internet has sneaked itself into our everyday life. According to Statisticbrain, almost 69 Million Americans use online banking for their everyday purchases.

Imagine a simple security breach affecting these users? The whole world can come to a standstill. As a matter of fact, the world has been brought to its knees several times in the past by shrewd hackers.

James Lyne and many other security agencies are also optimistic that the number of security events will spike in the coming days.

If you thought big corporations and banking behemoths were the only favorite targets for hackers, you got it wrong. Small and medium enterprises, as well as individuals, are also being targeted with increasing frequency.

Since both the segments have a rather relaxed take towards online security and also have funds shortage to invest in upscale online security measures, they end up being easy targets for hackers.

With so much of happening around Internet security, it is quite obvious for the curious mind to wonder how websites get hacked and how can they be stopped.

Top 3 Ways Websites Get Hacked by Hackers

On the onset, websites get hacked in three primary ways:
  1. Access Control Breach
  2. Software Vulnerability Exploits
  3. Third-Party Integrations
1. Access Control Breach
    Access control refers to the control and authentication measures that you have laid out to let users in. Commonly, we refer it to logging in.

    We log into or gain access to several of our user sections, like:
    • Social Media
    • Emails
    • Online Bank Accounts
    • Website Applications
    • Servers
    • Computers
    • And Much More
    Access control is like the lock and key which ensures that only the person with the right credentials (username and password) is allowed to enter it. When those credentials are stolen or taken over, hacking has happened.

    2. Software Vulnerability Issues

    Software vulnerabilities are not the average user’s forte. They are too sophisticated and hence a playing field for hackers who know the systems very well. They use complicated hacking methods like Remote Code Execution, SQL Injection, Local File Infusion, etc. which give them backdoor entry into the system and the user’s total activities using the software as such. When such software vulnerabilities occur in most-used applications like web browsers, operating systems, mobile devices, etc. hacking can happen at large scale.

    3. Third-Party Integrations

    Popular Content Management Systems like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc. rely on a number of third-party extensions to extend their utility and productivity. These third-party extensions are usually developed by web developers and application developers who may not have an established source all the time.

    Even miscreant hackers with application development knowledge can develop extensions infested with malware and viruses. When these integrations are used by users, it leads to widespread malware, ransomware and virus attacks. Like it happened with WannaCry and Washington Post.

    How to Protect Your Website from Hackers and Other Malicious Attacks?

    Now that you know how these security attacks happen, it is time to know how to safeguard yourself with proven security measures.
    1. Install Web Application Firewall
    2. Configure SSL Certificate
    3. Use a Content Security Policy (CSP)
    4. Secure Admin Pages and Panels
    5. Use Multi-Factor Authentication
    1. Install Web Application Firewall

    A Web Application Firewall acts as an excellent fortress wall against malicious bots. They are quite handy in preventing DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. DDoS attacks use bots that bombard the web server with too many requests. The flood requests cause the server to shut down giving the hacker a window opportunity to sneak into the system. However, a WAF helps prevent such a situation by screening all the requests before allowing them for processing.

    2. Configure SSL Certificate

    Having an SSL certificate, especially an EV SSL certificate is a great way to ensure your user’s peace of mind. SSL certificates deploy encryption techniques that scramble the data that is being exchanged between a user browser and the web server. Think of cryptography codes that only two people who understand the code can read the message.

    SSL certificates ensure that hackers do not gain unauthorized access to data being fed by the user through the browser or even when it is being transferred through the Internet. You can check if a website is SSL certificate configured by looking for the green padlock symbol and a green address bar.

    3. Use a Content Security Policy (CSP)

    A Content Security Policy helps prevent cross-site scripting (XSS). In XSS, hackers force injects malicious code into the web page forms or any other pages where the code is exposed. CSP helps you specify the domains that can be trusted to run executable scripts that keeping malicious scripts at bay. You can set up a CSP for your website by adding an HTTP header that directs the browser to safe and unsafe scripts.

    4. Secure Admin Pages and Panels

    Access to admin pages and panels should be protected with the highest security measures available. They are the control consoles from where the entire website is made to function and harmony.

    To begin with, hide your admin pages from search engine indexing. Do not list them in the robots.txt file so that search engines cannot crawl them publicly. Also, rename the default admin panel name from admin to something unrecognizable or not easily detectable.

    5. Use Multi-Factor Authentication

    Multi-factor is a computer access method where you have to feed the access system multiple inputs to gain entry. Imagine having a single lock but you have to use two different keys simultaneously to open it.

    In this case, you will be having a password that is already created and another password or key often called a One Time Password that is dynamically created. This form of access based on dynamic codes helps prevent hackers or any other malicious user from gaining access with a single stolen password. Multi-factor authentication is best recommended for admin pages or pages where signups and payments take place.


    That brings us to the close of how websites are hacked and what you can do to prevent your website from hacking. Apart from the five ways we have mentioned above, there are plenty of other ways to secure your website. When it comes to online security, enough is never enough.



    25PP,2,3G,3,4G,4,Absinthe,5,Adobe Flash,3,Ads,10,Affiliate Marketing,5,AliExpress,1,Amazon,44,Amazon Phone,1,Amazon Tablet,6,AMD,5,Android,224,Android 6,3,Android 7,4,Android 8,9,Android 9,2,Android APK,34,Android Apps,94,Android Auto,3,Android Games,10,Android GApps,3,Android Gingerbread,2,Android Ice Cream Sandwich,8,Android Jelly Bean,21,Android KitKat,12,Android Lollipop,10,Android Marshmallow,3,Android N,5,Android Nougat‬,5,Android O,7,Android Oreo,8,Android P,2,Android PC Suites,1,Android SDK,9,Android TV,8,Android USB Drivers,2,Android Wear,9,Angry Birds,6,Anti Virus,13,App Developer,8,Apple,589,Apple CarPlay,1,Apple Pay,1,Apple Store,17,Apple TV,78,Apple Watch,19,Apps,47,ARM,1,Asus,2,ATT,7,Baidu,1,Battery,2,Bill Gates,2,Bing,9,Bitcoin,5,Bittorrent,3,BlackBerry,11,BlackBerry App,3,Blogger,26,Blogs,38,Bluetooh,6,Business,93,BuySellAds,1,Call Center,4,Camera,6,CCTV,1,Certification,2,China Mobile,3,Chrome,26,Chrome OS,6,ChromeBook,2,ChromeBox,2,Chromium,4,CISPA,1,Cloud,22,CMS,6,Communication,9,Computer,47,Cortana,1,Credit Cards,5,CRM,4,Cryptocurrency,3,Currency,5,Cyberbullying,2,Cydia,39,Cydia Apps,7,Cydia Tweaks,7,Debit Cards,4,Developers,11,Digital Camera,7,Digital Media Marketing,42,Digital Signage,1,Disqus,1,DMCA,1,Doodle,1,DOS,1,Downgrade,11,Dropbox,1,Drupal,3,Earn Money Online,31,EarPods,1,eCommerce,13,Electra,2,Electronic Arts,1,Emulator,3,Encryption,1,Entrepreneurs,6,eReader,4,eSignature,1,Evasi0n,16,eWallet,4,Facebook,126,Facebook Ads,11,Facebook Apps,19,Facebook Credits,4,Facebook Developers,3,Facebook Like,7,Facebook Marketing,10,Facebook Messenger,4,Facebook Pages,9,Facebook Photos,2,Facebook Stocks,2,FacePAD,1,FaceTime,2,FileSonic,2,Firefox Add-Ons,2,Firefox OS,2,Fitbit,1,Foursquare,1,Framaroot,3,Free Stuff,28,Gadgets,101,Galaxy Nexus,2,Galaxy S-Voice,2,Game of Thrones,1,Games,47,Gaming Console,11,Gaming Laptops,8,GApps,2,GearBest,5,Gifts,6,Gmail,10,Google,231,Google +1,10,Google Ads,5,Google Adsense,3,Google Adwords,4,Google Analytics,1,Google Apps,11,Google Earth,2,Google Fit,2,Google Glass,8,Google IO Conference,4,Google Map,7,Google Music,2,Google Nexus,13,Google Nexus Player,1,Google Panda,1,Google Penguins,1,Google Play Edition,1,Google Play Store,16,Google Plus,18,Google Plus Pages,6,Google Search,19,Google TV,5,Google Voice,6,Google Wallet,1,Google+,16,Google+ App,1,Google+ Pages,6,Graphic Design,3,GreenPois0n,28,Groupon,5,GSM,3,Guest Posts,10,h3lix,2,Hack,79,Hackintosh,4,Hard Disk,10,Hard Drive,13,HDD,13,Headsets,3,HealthVault,1,Home Automation,6,Hootsuite,1,Hostgator,1,Hotspot Shield,1,HP,2,HTC,15,HTC One,6,HTML5,15,HTTPS,1,Huawei,2,Huawei Honor,2,Hyper-V,2,IBM,2,iCloud,14,iGoogle,2,iMac,9,Infographic,138,Instagram,3,Intel,7,Internet,123,Internet Explorer,18,Internet IPOs,1,Internet Marketing,33,Internet Protocols,3,iOS,351,iOS 10,21,iOS 11,21,iOS 4,1,iOS 5,17,iOS 5.0.1,5,iOS 5.1,9,iOS 5.1.1,12,iOS 5.2,1,iOS 5.2.1,1,iOS 6,73,iOS 6.0.1,13,iOS 6.0.2,5,iOS 6.1,21,iOS 6.1.1,3,iOS 6.1.2,4,iOS 6.1.3,7,iOS 6.1.4,4,iOS 6.1.5,2,iOS 6.1.6,2,iOS 7,59,iOS 7.0.1,2,iOS 7.0.2,2,iOS 7.0.3,1,iOS 7.0.4,2,iOS 7.0.5,1,iOS 7.0.6,5,iOS 7.1,25,iOS 7.1.1,6,iOS 7.1.2,6,iOS 8,60,iOS 8.0.1,5,iOS 8.0.2,5,iOS 8.1,12,iOS 8.1.1,2,iOS 8.1.2,1,iOS 8.1.3,1,iOS 8.2,6,iOS 8.3,5,iOS 8.4,10,iOS 8.4.1,4,iOS 9,33,iOS 9.0.1,1,iOS 9.0.2,1,iOS 9.1,6,iOS 9.2,2,iOS 9.2.1,2,iOS 9.3,3,iOS 9.3.1,2,iOS 9.3.2,4,iOS 9.3.3,4,iOS 9.3.4,2,iOS 9.3.5,2,iOS Apps,61,iOS Beta,5,iOS Games,9,IP,3,iPad,337,iPad 2,54,iPad 3,47,iPad 3G,1,iPad 4,9,iPad Air,3,iPad Apps,28,iPad Mini,29,iPad Mini 2,2,iPad Siri,4,iPhone,385,iPhone 3G,52,iPhone 3GS,6,iPhone 4,63,iPhone 4S,67,iPhone 5,33,iPhone 5C,4,iPhone 5S,14,iPhone 6,31,iPhone 6 Plus,9,iPhone 7,2,iPhone Apps,28,iPhone Siri,7,IPO,3,iPod,184,iPod 4G,2,iPod 5G,1,iPod Apps,15,iPod Classic,1,iPod Nano,7,iPod Shuffle,5,iPod Siri,5,iPod Touch,180,IPv4,1,IPv5,1,IPv6,1,iShower,1,iShower Speaker,1,IT,1,iTunes,185,iWatch,10,Jailbreak,125,Jailbreak Tools,33,Jitterbug Touch,1,Joomla,3,Kaspersky,1,Keyboards,2,Keylogger,1,Kindle,9,Kindle Fire,3,Kingo,2,KingRoot,1,Laptop,52,Lasers,1,Launchers,3,Lava,1,LCD,2,Legal,5,Lenovo,2,Lenovo ThinkPad,1,LG,9,LiberiOS,2,Lightning Cables,1,Link Building,3,LinkedIn,3,Linux,12,Lockerz,1,Logitech,1,Lync Desk Phones,1,Mac,176,Mac Mini,3,Mac OS X,189,MacBook,3,MacBook Air,10,MacBook Pro,10,Macintosh,4,macOS,46,macOS 10.12,9,macOS 10.13,6,macOS High Sierra,7,macOS Server,3,macOS Sierra,10,Magento,1,Mambo,3,Maps,9,Mark Zuckerberg,2,Marketing,54,Marketplace,1,Meego,2,Megaupload,1,Micromax,1,Microsoft,189,Microsoft Office,32,Microsoft SharePoint,1,Microsoft Surface,3,Microsoft Surface Pro,2,MIUI,2,Mobile,652,Mobile App Developers,8,Mobile Apps,129,Mobile Broadband,1,Mobile OS,23,Mortgage,1,Moto X,1,Motorola,6,Mouse,2,Movies,2,Mozilla Firefox,16,Music,9,MySpace,2,Nasdaq,1,Net Meeting,1,Nexus,7,NFC,1,Nikon,1,Nintendo,3,Nintendo 3DS,2,Nokia,31,Nokia Belle,2,Nokia Lumia,8,Nokia Normandy,1,Nokia Store,2,Nokia X,6,Notebook,1,Nuance,1,Office 2010,8,Office 2013,2,Office 2016,11,Office 365,6,Open Graph,1,Open Source,1,Opensn0w,1,Opera,6,Opera Mini,2,Operating System,55,Oppo,1,Oracle,2,Orkut,1,OS,47,OS X 10.10,65,OS X 10.10.1,6,OS X 10.10.2,9,OS X 10.10.3,10,OS X 10.10.4,6,OS X 10.10.5,4,OS X 10.11,25,OS X 10.11.1,3,OS X 10.11.2,2,OS X 10.11.3,2,OS X 10.11.4,2,OS X 10.11.5,3,OS X 10.11.6,2,OS X 10.8,2,OS X 10.9,37,OS X 10.9.1,2,OS X 10.9.2,5,OS X 10.9.3,12,OS X 10.9.4,7,OS X 10.9.5,5,OS X El Capitan,23,OS X Mavericks,40,OS X Mountain Lion,17,OS X SDK,9,OS X Server,48,OS X Server 3,5,OS X Server 4,15,OS X Server 5,9,OS X Yosemite,60,Outlook,8,Ovi,2,Ovi Store,1,P0sixspwn,1,P2P,1,PageRank,2,Pangu,11,Payments,9,PayPal,3,PDF,7,Personalization,1,PhotoBox,1,Photography,5,Picnik,1,Pinterest,2,PIPA,2,Piracy,3,PlayStation,6,PlayStation 4,4,Pod2g,2,Podcasts,1,Powerpoint,2,PP,2,Printers,5,Privacy,31,Programming,9,Projectors,1,PS4,4,QMobile,1,QMobile Noir,1,RAM,2,Redsn0w,23,Remote Access,5,Root Android,36,Rovio Mobile,4,S-Voice,2,Safari,25,Samsung,56,Samsung Galaxy,28,Schemer,1,Search Engine,47,Search Engine Marketing,31,Search Engine Results,24,Seas0nPass,2,Secure Socket Layer,2,Security,55,Selfie,1,SEM,28,SEO,74,SEO Tools,7,SERP,2,Server,7,Shopping,25,Signage,1,SIM Card,2,Siri,12,SkyDrive,3,Skype,5,SlideShare,1,Small Business,85,Smart TV,4,Smart Watch,6,Smartphones,605,SMM,2,SMO,8,Sn0wbreeze,5,SnapChat,2,Social Media,81,Social Media Marketing,46,Social Media Optimization,35,Social Media Tools,6,Social Networking,142,Software,122,Sony,19,Sony Ericsson,5,Sony VAIO,1,Sony Xperia,3,SOPA,2,Speakers,3,Sprint,2,Spyware,2,SSD,13,SSL,2,Startups,5,Statistics,22,Stock,3,Stock Photography,2,Stock Photos,2,Storage,24,Store,24,Swift,10,Swype,1,Symbian,8,T-Mobile,4,Tablets,512,TaiG,5,TechGlobeX,1,,1,Technology,126,Telephone,1,Television,8,Templates,3,TinyUmbrella,2,Tools,51,Torrent,2,Toshiba,2,Toshiba Satellite,1,TubeMate,1,TuneUp Utilities,1,TV,10,tvOS,22,Twitter,17,TypePad,3,Ubuntu,6,Ultrasn0w,1,Unlock,42,USB Debugging,2,uTorrent,3,Verizon,4,Video Marketing,6,Video Optimization,6,Videos,31,Virtualization,6,Virus,5,Visual Studio,3,Vlogging,3,Vlogs,3,Vodafone,2,Voice Call,16,VoIP,11,VPN,7,Walmart,2,watchOS,20,Wearables,13,Web,78,Web Browser,26,Web Browser Plugins,3,Web Design,17,Web Development,25,Web Domains,14,Web Hosting,25,Web Servers,13,Western Digital,1,WhatsApp,4,Whited00r,1,WiFi,2,WiFi Calling,1,WiFi Hotspots,2,Windows,151,Windows 10,16,Windows 10 Enterprise,2,Windows 10 Mobile,1,Windows 10 Pro,2,Windows 10 Server,2,Windows 7,33,Windows 8,48,Windows 8 Pro,3,Windows 8 RT,3,Windows 8.1,6,Windows 8.1 Enterprise,1,Windows 9,4,Windows Apps,3,Windows Live,3,Windows Live Essentials,5,Windows Live Messenger,6,Windows Media Center,1,Windows Mobile,19,Windows Phone,47,Windows Phone 10,1,Windows Phone 7,10,Windows Phone 7.5,5,Windows Phone 8,9,Windows Phone 8.1,1,Windows Phone Apps,1,Windows Phone Mango,3,Windows Phone SDK,1,Windows Server,4,Windows Server 2012,2,Windows Server 2016,2,Windows Server 8,1,Windows Vista,5,Windows XP,6,Wireless,4,Wordpress,36,Wordpress Plugins,3,Wordpress Themes,5,WWDC,43,Xbox,6,Xbox 360,6,Xbox One,3,Xcode,73,Xiaomi,6,Yahoo,6,Yalu,3,YouTube,11,Zong,1,ZTE,1,Zune,2,Zynga,1,
    TechGlobeX: How Do Websites Get Hacked? Ways to Protect Website from Hacking Attacks
    How Do Websites Get Hacked? Ways to Protect Website from Hacking Attacks
    Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy