• Vulnerability Patching is only the first step – why malware monitoring is necessary

    So you just downloaded the latest patch to protect your website from the latest hacker-developed malware or virus.

    Congratulations. Your site is protected. Now you can sleep easy … for a minute, anyway.

    The truth is, getting the latest patch is only the first step in protecting your website from the myriad viruses and other nefarious hacker-developed programs out there on the internet.

    It’s this bit of knowledge that keeps people like you—people whose websites are critical for business, information management, and reputation—up at night. That’s why you can’t rest easy just because you installed the latest patch.

    Sure, the patch you just installed is likely to protect your website from current threats, but installing the it is does nothing to guard your site against new viruses—you know, the ones we haven’t heard of, yet. And there are always emerging viruses, adware, email infections and malware traveling the information superhighway in search of websites (like yours) to infiltrate, exploit and damage (or destroy).

    Downloading the latest patch and then acting like everything is okay is like buying a one-time use smoke detector—you’ll be able to put the fire out the first time it starts, but you’ll likely have no clue your house is on fire a second time … until it’s too late.

    So, what are you supposed to do to protect your website (and valuable information) from emerging dangers?

    Well, the first thing is invest in a web malware detection service. Sure, you may have gotten the latest patch in time … this time. But what’s already on your server, lying in wait, that you don’t know about? That’s right, you don’t know for sure, do you?

    A web malware detection service will scan your website for malicious code. And if it finds any, it will eject it—automatically and immediately—you won’t even have to click your mouse.

    Getting rid of any viruses or malware that’s currently affecting your site (or lurking silently, waiting to affect your site) could save you serious headaches in the future.

    The second thing you’ll want to do is know exactly what impact malware and viruses have had on your website. If they penetrated your site, chances are they did some damage. Were you deemed a spammer by Google or Yahoo or the other search engines? If so, you’ve got to fix the problem quickly. Because if you don’t, your (unfounded) reputation may be hurting your bottom line.

    The third thing you’ll want to do is understand where else your site is vulnerable. The easiest way to do this is to run a vulnerability assessment. Let’s face it, there are people out there who spend their days looking for vulnerabilities in websites just like yours. They want to find them, exploit them, steal your data and wreak havoc on your business or reputation.

    It’s nothing personal, it’s just what these hackers do. A vulnerability assessment will scan your site through the lens of a hacker. It will look for cracks in your foundation the same way hackers and bots do. Only, it won’t exploit them—it will help you fix them so they won’t be penetrated by future viruses or malware.

    All of this may sound overwhelming. And if you try to accomplish it all yourself, it may be. The key is to find a full-service malware monitoring service, one that provides all of the three services listed above … and more.

    Using a malware monitoring service now can help you sleep easier in the future, rest assured that your website, data, critical information and online reputation are in-tact, secure and exactly how they should be.

    If you find this article interesting you also may want to check out the following blog articles: “Disadvantages of signature based web malware monitoring” and “How Malware Infects Websites

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