In the third instalment of our series of blog posts, Security 101, we’re going to tackle the topic of malware and how to protect your site from infection.
What is Malware?
Malware is any type of software that disrupts the operation of your system. Viruses, for example, self-replicate and spread themselves across systems to damage data. Spyware reports back to its creator, telling them about all the activity on infected computers. Bots hijack computers and networks to perform repeated tasks, facilitating spam distribution and DDoS attacks. As you can see, there are a lot of options for anyone looking to sabotage your business.
Malware can be downloaded simply by visiting a site; even if your users don’t enter data on your website, they and you can still be vulnerable.
Keeping Your Site Secure
There are a few tools that can keep your site safe. The first is a firewall. Firewalls are designed to protect any vulnerable point in a website’s code, so hackers have no way of getting malware into the system. Ubisan provides a robust firewall as part of our security package.
Another important tool for guarding your site is malware scanning. In the unlikely event that anything does make its way in, it is vital that you catch it early. Our malware scans run continuously, allowing you to identify threats right away.
Of course, dealing with malware requires good anti-malware software. Our security package incorporates the firewall and scanning mentioned above, and can fully eradicate any unwanted elements in your system.
Dealing with Malware
If a breach has already happened, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage.
Get anti-malware software
Anti-malware software isn’t like insurance; it has no problem dealing with existing issues. If you don’t have a good software package, get one now and start disinfecting your site.
Clean up the mess
Malware can leave your system cluttered up with unwanted data and lingering threats. Good cleanup software will perform rigorous scans and eradicate any possibly dangerous elements that have been left behind.
Re-evaluate your security
If you have been hacked, then you need to find and plug any gaps in your defences. In addition to anti-malware software, have a consultant take a look at what went wrong so you can prevent it in future. Ubisan offers consultation and feedback on all aspects of site management, including security.
It is essential that you invest in a high-end security system that includes a firewall, anti-malware software, and cleanup facilities. Visit our security services page for more information, or call us today on 0141 225 1969.
In the next blog post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about DDoS attacks.