Five Helpful Resources for Combating (and Defeating) Website Malware
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Malware is a very serious problem.
We know, as a user, that being infected with malware can open our computer to attacks and disruption which is why we choose to use antivirus & malware programs. The last thing we want is for our private information to become available to people of malicious intent.
The same can be said about running a website.
When a website is infected with malware you are putting your visitors at risk of being infected, too. Thankfully most browsers will detect malware and tell a user before they land on the page but this also means they’re going to click the back button (and probably won’t ever return).
As if that wasn’t enough – another downside to being infected by malware, on your site, is that you may see the site begin to be deindexed from the search results (this is to help protect search engine users). If you take too long to fix the problem you may be stuck starting your SEO efforts all over again (and in the meantime you’re losing a ton of potential profit).
The following are five different, helpful resources that will educate you on what dangers are out there, how you’re likely to get infected, and what ways to combat & defeat these infections.
Free Online Tools for Looking Up Potentially Malicious Websites
This post compiles a comprehensive list of websites and services which can detect if your website may be infected with malware. Most will do the scan for free but generally will offer an incentive for one of their services (which may be worthwhile) but even if you just use them to check it’s better than not knowing, right?
Web Malware: common threats and best practices for website protection
This 30+ minute video presented by CloudFlare takes you through a whole gamut of information about what happens when your site is infected with malware, how it’s done, and the best practices you can do to prevent such an occurrence. The video does try to sell you on a service but at least watch the beginning half to broaden your understanding of web malware.
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6II_r-4h76s
The Risk of Getting Infected with Malware
Isabel does an extensive job of explaining the downfalls of having your website infected by malware. She then goes into a variety of steps you can take to prevent and fix malware issues with the site including the use of Google Webmaster Tools, setting up alerts, and using backups.
Top WordPress Security Plugins To Check Hacked WordPress blog
WordPress is the most widely used content management systems on the Internet and I can bet that you’re likely running it right now (as part of your main site or at least in one of your projects or blogs). This post collects some of the best plugins so it’s a good place to start if you’re using the CMS.
Best Free PC Antivirus Software 2014
Tom’s Guide is a great resource for all things computer. They are quite extensive and thorough with their reviews which is why they’re a great, trusted source on the matter. This post isn’t about web malware but about protecting your PC. After all, it might be likely that it was your doing that got the site infected if you were uploading the wrong files from your hard drive. So take a look at these and start running them to make sure your computer is safe.
Read the reviews: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-free-pc-antivirus,review-2210.html
Malware can be just as deadly to your business website as being hacked and losing private information. This means you need to be on top of your game in order to prevent (and eliminate) these occurrences. Study the resources from this post and make a game plan. You never know when something like malware may happen so it’s best to be ready for the worst.