Everyday customers call in and ask us if website security is really necessary for their website and the short answer is yes. In this article we will be shedding a little light on this topic and the potential dangers that come with leaving your website unprotected and if you find this article helpful or informative, please feel free to share it with your friends and family.
Website Security in a Nutshell
Website security helps protect your website from viruses and malware, DDoS attacks, as well as brute force attempts. Keep reading to learn about these terms and what you can do to protect your website from becoming a target.
Virus & Malware – By definition, a virus is a specific piece of malware that can be injected into your website files that could cause serious damage to your website. Malware, also known as malicious software, is a general term that is used to describe to viruses, spyware, rootkits, worms and trojans.
DDoS Attacks – Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS Attacks) are meant to disrupt traffic to a specific server by flooding the bandwidth and resources. These types of attacks can cause websites to go down for a long period of time if they aren’t dealt with appropriately and be quite the headache to try and fix on your own.
Bruteforce Attacks – This type of attack happens when a user or an algorithm tries to crack your password through trial and error. Learn more about bruteforce attacks by clicking here.
Website security can help protect your website from falling victim to these unwanted attacks and it could end up saving you a lot of time and money in the long run. It doesn’t pay to procrastinate on protection. Granted, your website might not be a target today, it might not be a target tomorrow, it may not even be a target two years from now, but chances are, someone will try to target eventually.
What Happens If My Website Gets Malware?
If your website becomes infected with malware, then the first thing you should be thinking about doing is getting automated website security. This type of security usually scans your website daily to try and detect any malicious files or code that could be harmful to your website. Some security plans also give you the ability to connect your website to a web application firewall (WAF) which we will discuss shortly, but you should know that it is extremely important to stay vigilant and to do everything you can so you can try to prevent this from happening in the first place.
Can Malware Be Removed?
Yes. Malware can almost always be safely removed from your website so that your website functions as it did when it was malware free. However, this is also why it is important to try and take backups of your website frequently, or at least after you do any significant updates to it. Being proactive and taking the necessary steps before something happens is one of the best things you can do to protect your website and having an extra backup or two sitting around could end up being your saving grace in the future.
Potential Consequences of Malware
Believe it or not, most websites that get infected with malware are usually never completely destroyed. Instead, they are made to behave differently as intended.
- Redirecting traffic to another website
- Unwanted Ads may start showing up
- Your website could start to load extremely slow
- You may fail to load entirely
- Random users may give themselves access to search console or to your website.
That is only a few things that could possibly happen if you get infected with malware or if your website gets hacked, but there is something much worse that could happen to your website as well. We’re talking about your website being blacklisted from Google search. When Google detects a security issue or malware on your website it will usually send you a notification in Google Search Console under manual actions. When this happens you have the option of letting them know when you have cleaned up the malicious files or security vulnerabilities, but in the meantime they could stop your website from showing up on search altogether or seriously limit the amount of users who can find you using their search engine.
If your website ends up getting blacklisted, then at that point it is time to invest in reliable website security that can help you fix the issue so that you can be in Google’s good graces again. Please be sure to click here if you need help with this because our security team can get you the help you need asap.
Anyhow, are you ready to learn about WAF’s? Of course you are, so keep reading!
Web Application Firewalls
Web application firewalls work by intercepting, inspecting, and removing any malicious code that is trying to be injected into your website. WAF’s essentially work by preventing damage before it starts. This preventive website security measure is also another great way to ensure the safety of your website and your users.
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