Most people have security software for their computers – but many don’t realize you need it for your website as well. Not having it can open your business’ site to being infected by malware. Malware is malicious software put on a site without the owner’s consent. And one thing all website owners don’t want to learn is their site is blocked due to malware.
Malware gets on websites using various avenues, including weak passwords that are easily deciphered and visits to already infected sites. Website owners typically have no idea they’ve been infected until the infectious programs create problems, steal personal data or even redirect visitors to unsavory sites that install yet more malicious software.
Malware is also spread through so-called “phishing” attacks, in which scammers send business and personal accounts what looks like a familiar e-mail but when opened and acted on allows malware into their computers, making their websites, customer lists and banking data vulnerable. The fake e-mails look like notifications from the well-known businesses that invite the website owner to open things such as complaints or news. When the concerned owner clicks on a link or opens an attachment to find out more information, the malware gets downloaded.
Once a site is infected by malware it hurts both the company and its customers.
As the ability to hack individual computers has been narrowed by automatic operating system updates and effective anti-virus software, hackers have now turned their attention to targeting small companies’ websites.
Every day search engines flag websites infected by malware so unsuspecting visitors don’t accidently get infected by them. Google blacklists about 6,000 malware-infected sites every day.
Malware can potentially put a website out of bounds for days or weeks before a small business owner realizes it. Not only does blacklisting hurt a company’s reputation but frequently causes loss of revenue.
With this in mind all site owners, especially small businesses should make sure they have security to protect them. Website security can be obtained through website host companies and anti-virus software. It doesn’t cost much to protect your website and in the long run can save you a lot more.