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Online Security: SiteLock 2020 Annual Security Review

SiteLock has released its 2020 Annual Security Review; this article will show you what they protect you from.


Based on SiteLock's analysis of 7 million websites, we've determined the most prevalent security threats facing website owners this year.

Understanding today's attack surface enables you to make educated and proactive decisions about your cybersecurity strategy and help prevent a security breach that could impact your visitors, reputation, or revenue.

Threat Landscape

Every week, an average of 2,608 bots visit a site. 88% of these websites are infected with malware that was not blocked by search engines. That's nearly 9 in 10 websites missed by search engines. 
90% miss by search engines.

How often are sites attacked?

attacks per site

What makes sites more vulnerable?

  • WordPress sites are three times as likely to have malware than non-CMS sites. 18% of WordPress sites have at least one vulnerability, including SQLI, CSRF, and XXS.
  • Plugins impact WordPress vulnerability at the following rates:
    Plugins impact

    This means that you nearly double the risk of getting compromised for every 5 plugins you add to your site. As a best practice, users should remove any plugins they are no longer using.

How successful are cyber attackers?

  • Currently, we estimate that there are 12.8 Million sites worldwide that are infected with malware.
  • Nearly 1 out of every 100 of those sites could be infected with malware.

What is a high-risk site?

Websites that are deemed high-risk by our SiteLock Risk Score are 24x more likely to be infected by malware. 
high risk site

What are the top threats to websites?

Websites infected with malware contained at least one of these top cyber threats:
Top Threats

If you have further questions, please contact us at 844-589-5312
Our friendly security specialists will be more than happy to assist you.