Many small business owners believe their websites aren’t significant enough to interest cybercriminals. Unfortunately, many cybercriminals specifically target business websites of all sizes. One of the most serious cyberthreats is malware, which is malicious software designed to damage a website. So, how dangerous is malware to your site? Here’s what you need to know about malware, and how to protect your business.

How Dangerous is Website Malware?

So how dangerous is malware when it comes to your website? It is highly dangerous, as it can inflict damage in many different ways. Common types of malware for websites include defacements that change your site’s appearance and redirects that send your visitors to malicious sites. Backdoors are a type of malware that give cybercriminals access to your website without your knowledge. Malware can also appear as SEO spam or hide in advertisements. Once on your site, it can steal customer data, spread more malware, and result in Google blacklisting your site. For these reasons, all website owners need to implement cybersecurity solutions to protect their site and visitors.

How Website Malware Impacts Businesses

Malware can have especially severe consequences for business websites. For instance, malware can damage your site’s overall rankings, or result in Google removing or sandboxing it from their search results. This prevents visitors from accessing your site, resulting in a drop in traffic and potential customers. Malware can also make your website appear untrustworthy and damage your reputation, costing you customers and revenue. And if your customers’ sensitive data gets compromised, 65% of them probably won’t return to your site. As a result, many businesses are unable to recover from a website malware attack, and 60 percent end up closing within six months of a cyberattack.

Protect Your Business with Cybersecurity Solutions

The good news is there are many cybersecurity solutions businesses can invest in to protect their sites from malware. To choose the right solution, it’s important to understand your site’s risk of being compromised.

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