We hear about it almost every day: another major business is facing data corruption due to inadequate cybersecurity protection. No person or organization is immune to the dangers of cybercrime, just as no person or organization is completely secure. So what’s a small- to medium-sized business to do in the face of cybercrime?
Cybersecurity is the state of being protected from malicious entities that could access, corrupt, or harm your systems, including websites. Efforts to promote cybersecurity include secure passwords, careful monitoring of authorized users, SSL Certificates, firewalls, and malware detection and removal.
As a website owner, it’s important that you are paying attention to your cybersecurity efforts. This is especially true for ecommerce website owners who regularly handle customers’ sensitive data. Malware can easily worm its way into your systems to steal passwords, personal information, and even take your website offline.
In this article, we will explain what malware is, what you need to know about it, and what you can do to protect your systems.
What is malware?
Malware is a catch-all term for any piece of software designed to corrupt, damage, or disable another system. Malware includes worms, spyware, ransomware, adware, popups, browser hijacking, code injecting, and more. The list of types of malware is endless. Everyday malware is sent around the web searching out its next victim.
Learn more about the various types of malware below:
Keyloggers: Keyloggers are malware that monitors every key you tap on your computer. Not very critical when writing an email to your uncle, but can be damaging when logging into your bank account.
Trojan horses: This type of malware pretends to be part of useful software downloaded for a purpose. However, hiding inside is malicious code waiting to damage your system.
Spyware: Like keyloggers, spyware tracks your movements but it also tracks the websites visited, software used, and people contacted.
Adware: Adware sets up shop inside a website or application to present users with ads during use. If you’ve ever “won a free iPad” then you have experience with adware.
Worms: Worms are designed to spread through networks to infect as many systems as possible. Like viruses, they can distribute infected files or software build to corrupt your system.
Ransomware: This type of malware has made headlines recently. Ransomware steals your information or locks you out of a system, and then charges you a ransom to restore your systems. In most cases, even if the money is paid users are rarely restored.
How can I protect my website?
The best way to protect your website from malware is to employ safe internet habits and to add malware detection and removal services to your web hosting account. Midphase has partnered with SiteLock to offer cybersecurity to our clients.
SiteLock will scan your computer for any nasties that may be lurking and will quickly remove anything found. Once complete, you will receive a full report of SiteLock’s activity as well as notification should your website become compromised. SiteLock scanning begins instantly, are always on, and will automatically prevent attacks.
Learn more about SiteLock protection at Midphase.com.
How to add SiteLock to your CHI account:
To add SiteLock to your hosting account, log into your CHI account with your username and password. You can also visit our SiteLock web page. Choose from three SiteLock packages: Basic, Premium, or Enterprise. Add your choice to your shopping cart. Next, enter the necessary information about your account and finish the checkout process. Once complete, you can start to enjoy the benefits of SiteLock protection in minutes. In just a few clicks, you can stop malware in its tracks.
Protect your website and your customers today by adding SiteLock to your hosting package at Midphase.com.
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