Malware – it’s a scary word you’ve probably heard before. But if you’re not quite sure what malware is, why it’s such a threat, or what you can do about it, you’ve come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, SiteLock reviews what malware is, what a website vulnerability is, how infections occur, how to remove malware infections, and finally, how to prevent them in the first place.
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It’s not uncommon for a business owner to have a story about the time they experienced a cyberattack.
Perhaps their website was suspended, customers were turned away by malware warnings, or slow loading times caused their traffic to plummet. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the way the story ends for any business of any size. With the proper website security in place, cyberattacks can be mitigated quickly should they occur.
Here are three SiteLock reviews from three unique businesses that not only survived a cyberattack, but thrived in the aftermath.
When the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises website was unexpectedly hacked by cybercriminals, Melissa Marchand, website manager, began to panic.
The attack on Whales.net arrived just in time for busy season—and a hacked website meant a complete halt in online scheduling and ticket purchases, the company’s primary source of sales. Even more alarming, the website was blacklisted by Google and online visitors were redirected to pornographic sites, damaging the company’s bottom line and reputation.
Luckily, Melissa called SiteLock at the request of her web host to help get her website back online.
FireFox and Chrome announced big changes last week with new ways they will be protecting our information. FireFox will begin to block tracking cookies by default, allowing users to have a better experience while web browsing. Google Chrome announced that starting in September 2018, users will be required to enable Adobe Flash every time the user wishes to use it, all in Chrome’s efforts to wean the public of Flash and force websites into the future.
You may have heard that you should get a website scanner to look for threats on your website. But what does a website scanner do? What kind of threats does it look for? In this blog, we’ll review SiteLock website scanning capabilities and the five different scans it performs to ensure your website is safe from every angle.
What is a website scanner?
A website scanner is a tool that reviews your website for things that shouldn’t be there. The SiteLock scanner looks for website malware, vulnerabilities, spam, and other security issues in your hosting environment.
Beyond finding these threats, there are other benefits to having SiteLock review your site.
- You’ll have peace of mind knowing that if any issues are found, you’ll be notified automatically.
- You’ll be alerted to vulnerabilities that could cause malware infections.
- SiteLock is easy to set up and install, so your scanner will take effect right away.
Brett Matthews manages over 125 websites through his company, Square 1 Designs. He provides website design, programming, and maintenance at an affordable price for his clients.
When he had just a few clients, he was able to clean malware and resolve cyberattacks himself. This worked well until one day, a customer experienced a cyberattack while Brett was on his honeymoon! His romantic getaway was interrupted as he spent seven hours removing the malware manually.
Brett realized that he needed a better solution for the sake of his business and his clients. Listen as he recalls his SiteLock experience:
After Amanda Naor, founder of Amanda Naor Photography, was locked out of her own website, she knew there was a problem.
She reached out to her web host, who encouraged her to change her passwords to regain access. But by the time she changed her passwords, her website was hacked, distorted, and her pictures failed to load. Heartbroken and worried by the sight of her deformed website, she called SiteLock for help.
As a website owner, it’s important you understand the ins-and-outs of your website—especially when it comes to your security. This is why the SiteLock Platform Digest was created, a weekly email that provides a high-level security analysis of the health and risks associated with your website. SiteLock reviews and delivers your website scanning results on a weekly basis–ensuring you always have visibility to the security of your site.
Breaking news last week, the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Small Business Cybersecurity Act was signed into law. The bill will provide an avenue of resources and guidelines for small businesses to reduce their cybersecurity risks. Up next, Black Hat, one of the world’s largest information security conferences, took place in early August 2018 in Sin City. The conference held many briefings on politics, legislation, and Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity, as well as the challenge of endpoint security for many IoT devices. A topic of importance came from Kryptowire, a mobile security research firm that found firmware vulnerabilities in as many as 10 million Android devices in the United States that have remote escalation privileges.
Making headlines last week, over 170,000 carrier-grade routers belonging to internet service providers were compromised. This caused websites being accessed through these routers to be injected with cryptomining malware. In other news, social media site Reddit suffered a data breach in June due to a circumented 2-factor authentication, allowing cybercriminals to access user data like email addresses, usernames, and passwords.