Slow-down or complete breakdown of website, hosting of malicious links, phishing platform, and data theft are a few major outcomes of the major threats to website performance.
It has been found through different researches that more than two-third of small business websites are maintained by the business owners. A large majority of those owners believes that they are not potential targets of hackers just because they own small websites and don’t have any big databases, credit card information or bank account information on their websites. But in fact, they are the best choice for hackers for to hack a website and use the hacked website as an attack platform to achieve the bigger objectives.
According to the research conducted by AKAMAI, a big ratio of 40% visitors abandons the website that takes more than 3 seconds to load; and, an increase of 1 second in website loading time is estimated to reduce 7% of conversions. In such circumstances, it is very important to take special care of the website performance. It is very imperative to take proper steps to cope with the major threats that degrade the website performance. The top 5 threats that impact the website performance adversely are discussed below.
Distributed denial of service attack has transformed into a big threat for all sized websites with the passage of time. A gigantic increase of over 1850% in DDoS attacks was recorded during between 2011 and 2013; with this growth within a few years the entire cloud ecosystem would be under threat of DDoS attacks irrespective of size and nature of the website. Now, DDoS hackers are using more advanced techniques and equipment such as different types of servers – NTP, DNS, Web and others – to unleash the more lethal onslaughts on the targeted websites or servers.
The SQL injection has been very useful tool for the malicious users to attack the database driven applications to inject codes in the shape of certain queries to steal the valuable information. It is very important to note that a big ratio of business websites – one way or the other – is associated with the valuable databases; so, the SQL injection is a big threat for degradation or complete damage of your website and business performance.
Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
Cross Site Scripting or XSS is a type of exploitation of trusted sources such as client software to insert a malicious code, which disguises as a trusted web request from the legitimate source. Once the request is tried to be fulfilled, the targeted information is stolen. Mostly, these kinds of attacks are effective on different types of content management systems CMS, which are used by a large number of SMB websites. This kind of attack is not a direct threat to the loading time of the web application, but leaves a very bad impact on the business performance. According to Veracode, more than 70% of web applications were diagnosed with XSS flaws.
Any hijacked website becomes the source of malware attacks on the other websites, applications and web resources. This is a very powerful technique used by the hackers to spread different kinds of malware and spyware through some legitimate websites so that they are not suspected at first sight. This is one very dangerous threat to the websites that are designed to perform well but, at the end of the day, they are just carrying out malicious activities.
The outdated software resources are another major concern for the performance of a website. The outdated resources such as plug-ins, CMS platforms, database platforms, security software, or any other website codes have not only the performance issues, but also have several vulnerabilities that can be exploited by the hackers to bring your website down. It has been observed by a 6Scan study that at any given time about 80% of WordPress users run outdated versions. The outdated sources create many performances and compatibility related issues that can damage the website reputation and business bottom lines.
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