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.
Vic’s Tree Service prides itself in preserving “the beauty of nature in your own yard.” Founded in 1978, the company has provided quality tree and landscape care to the Great Falls, Virginia community for forty years. They specialize in tree care, tree stump removal, and can even show customers how to cut down a personal Christmas tree. Due to the company’s growing popularity, Vic’s Tree Service launched its website, vicstreeservice.com, to improve their marketing efforts and assist prospective and current customers.
Rentals on the Ocean manages twelve beautiful oceanfront and ocean view cottages in Nags Head, North Carolina. Reservationist and website manager, Ronni Moldovan, confidently states, “you will never want to leave our beaches.” Founded in 1995, Rentals on the Ocean prides itself in being “Always Pet Friendly.”
As a way to make booking reservations easier for their visitors, change was needed to accommodate their high volume of tourists. Rentals on the Ocean shifted from local advertising on third-party vacation rental websites to creating a website of its own. It quickly took off, and the website reached customers across the nation. Today, Rentals on the Ocean relies heavily on rentalsontheocean.com to book vacation rentals and help customers plan their vacations.
WordCamp MSP spanned three days this year, with the first day dedicated to blocks of 2-hour workshops. This gave the speakers and attendees the opportunity to engage in their topics more deeply and leave with both a great understanding of the topic, and many real-world actionable tasks to put into place immediately.