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You go to post a long-overdue update to your neglected website, and you notice that there are many new, strangely named files and directories in your ftp root. Or worse, you load your website and see the garbage below.
You are now a cog in the relentless global spam & malware machine. Your server is either infecting poorly protected Windows users, spamming them with ads for everything that’s missing in their lives, or just dutifully hosting media for the adult entertainment industry.
Some steps that will reduce the likelihood of this happening:
Lastly, if you don’t have to store sensitive data in your database – think 1000’s of individual’s contact details, DON’T. Integrate with a 3rd party – in this case MailChimp or one of their competitors – rather than being responsible for sensitive data, and hosting it on a neglected server.
As always, if you’d like a hand in verifying that your website is as secure as possible, contact us.