Hackers often deploy botnets on websites to gain access to their systems. The botnet is then used for two primary purposes – distributing malware to visitors' machines or placing links to unsafe websites on the host's site.
According to a recent report from Search Engine Land, either of these circumstances can have drastic repercussions on a website, damaging a company's reputation or making it more difficult to access. Access issues occur because Google and other search engines track websites that contain malware and bots, and remove them from the search engine.
In order to prevent hacking, the report said users should first ensure they are working with a virtual server hosting provider that focuses heavily on providing a secure solution. Not all web hosts are equal in this regard, and security should be a priority for webmasters. The report also said administrators should be purposeful about their creation and distribution of passwords, making sure their hosting solution is difficult to access through password theft.
Hackers frequently use keylogging programs that can monitor every keyboard stroke and identify passwords to gain access to a user's web hosting solution, the Web Hosting Geeks report. The report said passwords should be complex and change often to prevent keylogging from being effective.