The 4 most common causes of vulnerable websites

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Nowadays, a website has become an essential tool for marketing and businesses’ online presence. It is a key tool for obtaining any kind of information, and thanks to platforms like WordPress creating a website is extremely easy. However, many vulnerable websites are on the web, and these are easy to attack. Attacks can have not only reputational but also financial and other damages to your business. But what does make a website vulnerable? What are the most common factors that make websites vulnerable? Today, we are going to look into it. We collected a short list of the causes that can make your website vulnerable. 


Coding errors

To human factors, coding errors can happen. When speaking of coding errors, we do not always mean only the use, but also the creation itself. During the creation process of a website, even the most experienced website developers can make errors, and it is quite common for testers to find 15-50 errors in 10,000 lines of code.


Incorrect configuration

Misconfiguration is a widespread problem. For websites, it means that unnecessary or unused features were enabled during the website development process. These include default accounts, passwords, default or incomplete configurations that never changed, etc. The wrong configurations are detected by attackers and thus they can access confidential data easily.


Website update

Updating your website is one of the easiest security maintenance measures in web development, but also one of the most neglected. It is advisable to update the content management system, plugins, themes, extensions, and the server itself.


Shared hosting

The idea of shared hosting can seem very tempting because it is more cost-effective than other solutions. However, it may even cost you more than other hosting solutions. There are two main problems with using shared hosting. One is that the speed and performance of your website might be affected, and the other is that it has security limitations. With the latter, for example, not only the strengths are shared, but also the weaknesses, so for example, if the attacker gains access to one website, he can also gain access to other websites on the same shared hosting.


Final thoughts

As you could see, in today’s article, we covered the most common causes of website vulnerabilities. A website can become vulnerable and attackable for several reasons, but they can all be eliminated with little more attention. Business owners tend to hesitate when it comes to creating the right security for their websites because it requires money. But just think about how much you can save with the investment of setting up a secure website, than of risking being attacked.