Over a billion websites: mostly parked, old, vulnerable!

Statistics site Internet Live Stats reports there are currently 1,060,822,043 websites in the world!  Even if you read this only minutes after I post there will already be thousands more!  Just follow that link and watch the counter fly!

ILS also reports, however, that

It must be noted that around 75% of websites today are not active, but parked domains or similar.


We’ll just add that of the remaining 250,000,000 sites an extraordinary number are live, yes, but also old, obsolete, broken, and vulnerable! Small wonder then that as operating systems become more robust hackers and spammers are breaking into and hijacking websites.

Ouch again!

Our advice?  Make sure your website software is up to date, backed up, protected with security checks and plugins, and of course regularly updated!  Either do it yourself or if you don’t have time or resources find someone able to do it for you.

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David Innes, RealBasics.com

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981. And no, I still haven't seen it all but by now I usually know where to look. More about David Innes...