Does Your Website Contain Malware? How can you find out?
When was the last time you checked your website for malware? Maybe, you have a valid reason (business is booming or website is undergoing changes) for not doing so. But this could prove extremely dangerous. Therefore it’s extremely important to check your website for malware from time to time. In this blog, we list some guidelines about how to check for website malware infections and how to protect your websites.
Reactive Ways of Discovering your Website was Hacked
Your Website Visitors Are Being Warned By Google Chrome:
Your users will eventually start complaining about not being able to reach your website and that Google Chrome is blocking it using a message which reads ‘Phishing attack ahead’. If this is the case, it’s a clear sign that your website has been hacked. It’s time you did something about it.
Your Hosting Provider Takes Your Site Offline:
This happens when visitors approach your website hosting provider and lodge complaints with them instead of choosing to approach you. When this happens, your website hosting provider has little choice but to remove your infected-website before the infection spreads to the visitors.
Proactive Ways of Protecting Against Hackers
Using Website Malware Scanner:
If you’re someone who thinks along the lines ‘let me find out whether my website is vulnerable or not and then safeguard it’ (which is very wrong thinking, by the way) then there are plenty of free online website malware scanners(like our very own Web Inspector) which can prove useful to you. All you have to do is give your website’s URL and you’ll know whether your website is vulnerable or not within minutes.
Using Website Security Application:
This is probably the best way of offering 24/7 protection to your website. As the name suggests, website security applications are website protection tools which protect your websites from various security attacks like DDoS, Brute-Force, SQL Injection etc., through constant monitoring and by employing various website malware detection and prevention techniques.
Speaking in non-technical terms, malware typically hides within the website’s code, which website malware scanners find or detect. Whereas a website security application does not stop at just identification or detection. It gets to the root of the issue and removes the malware from the website. That’s the big difference between these website security or protection tools.
Now, proactive monitoring is important when it comes to website protection. Because, well, prevention is always better than cure. Therefore subscribe to the services of a website security application like Comodo cWatch and make sure your website stays safe against various security threats.
Comodo cWatch is available from CritchCorp Computers Ltd with all our hosting plans and you can get even more protection by upgrading to include the CDN and WAF. See the different options on the cWatch Page.