Worldwide Bot attacks are at a record high – and rising!
Definition of a Bot attack (Wikipedia):
- A destructive or disruptive assault on a computer system carried out by a network of computers running bots.
- Spambots that harvest email addresses from contact or guestbook pages
- Downloader programs that suck bandwidth by downloading entire web sites
- Web site scrapers that grab the content of web sites and re-use it without permission on automatically generated doorway pages
- Viruses and worms
- DDoS attacks
- Botnets / zombie computers; etc.
Take a look at real time info on what’s going on out there. Pretty scary stuff. Over 30,000 attacks per minute compared with a historical average of around 5000. I’ve taken some additional preventative action steps with all the websites I manage, beyond what your hosting service provides:
- Back-up Buddy – weekly or monthly website back-ups (depending on your content changes)
- Akismet – a spam filter for your site
- WordPress plug-in – Remove XMLRPC Pingback Ping (installed yesterday on the advice of a new security threat)
I’m going to take it one step further, but there is a cost of between $5 and $20 per client depending on how many sign up. It’s called Cloudflare, and it’s the best bang for the buck from the people that I follow in I.T. security. It also includes an SSL* (secure socket layer – i.e. https://mysite.com). It’s much better than Wordfence (referenced above) and easier to manage.
For $20 per month, it’s cheap insurance. Once a site gets hacked, it’s practically worthless**. No one can guarantee 100% protection, but this is about as safe as it gets.
I.T. Marketing Geek
*Google announced the other day that it will rank sites higher that have an SSL. This may or may not be necessary in every case. It depends on your business, and what you use your website for.
** I have never had a website hacked, but recently was approached by a merchant that had been. The damage was so pervasive, that I could not find anyone willing to refer the business to. Usually it’s easier to get a new URL and start over from scratch.