The popularity of the internet and advancements in technology has created a large spectrum of possibilities for both individuals and business. However, this has also brought danger and ignoring that fact, could lead to catastrophic results.
Website and mobile security updates can be frustrating to implement, but they ultimately prevent cyber criminals gaining access to your online business or website and causing damage. The longer you neglect your site’s security, the more at risk your business is to damage, no matter how big or small your company is.
Security updates fix vulnerabilities in systems to prevent them being exploited by unauthorised users. Phones, tablets, computers, browsers, websites or content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress use code to function, and it’s weaknesses in the code that hackers exploit.
As technology is always being improved and functions added, hackers find new tactics to find loopholes and vulnerabilities in the coding. These holes need to be ‘patched’ and it is the security updates that provide these patches to keep your systems secure.
There are plenty of high profile hacking stories in the news where thousands of customers’ details have been stolen, or where websites have been brought down with DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, and to the small business owner this can seem like a very unlikely scenario to happen to them.
In actual fact, hackers don’t care if your business is large, small or medium-sized. They are simply looking for easy targets, and are constantly working on new ways to breach your security. Their automated ‘bots’ scour the internet looking for any weakness, and they don’t make a distinction on whether you are a small family business or an international organisation. If your website is insecure, they can and will break in.
For small businesses in particular, it is understandable that security updates can be overlooked or considered a low priority. However, regular updates to your websites security is essential, because new ways of exploiting site security are constantly being discovered, and organisations need to recognise the potential risks.