Cybercrimes are at an all time high, with hackers and identity thieves making a living from selling private or corporate data. If you have a hacked website, it can have far reaching repercussions especially if your website databases include your customers’ private and confidential information, such as their email addresses and credit card details. It is vital to take the proper website security measures to avoid these consequences that can result from having a hacked website:
Loss of Revenue/Sales
If your website is hacked, it can become non-operational for extended periods. Your website is like a shop window, and if it’s down, customers will not be able to access your website and you won’t be buying your products or services.
Lower Search Engine Rank
Establishing a high rank on search engines takes a lot of time and effort. A hacker attack can be devastating to your ranking- search engines like Google are ruthless when it comes to pointing out hacked websites or sites that host malicious website files. Your site could end up on the Google blacklist, dramatically lowering your website traffic and where you show up in search results.
Loss of Reputation
If you have a hacked website, people won’t buy from you. It’s as simple as that. Why would they take the risk of having their credit card details exposed, for example? If your website has malware, they won’t browse it. Existing customers who have their details stolen would rightly be annoyed at you, and this situation could even open up the door for a legal battle. You could build a new website in a short time, but you might never recover from having your reputation damaged.
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