Have you ever had your car or house broken into? If you haven’t consider yourself lucky, if you have you know that sinking feeling you get, the feeling of violation that follows and how you just want to get things back to normalcy as soon as possible. Websites are no different.
No matter the type or size of the website, all websites are vulnerable to being hacked and infected with malware. You can be a one person entrepreneur website with a half dozen pages or a large enterprise eCommerce website with hundreds of pages — it doesn’t matter to the hackers. To them you are just another site to infect.
We speak from experience, this happened to the Effusion site back in 2014. Our site was hit with malware (malicious software) which is designed to infiltrate and damage user computers once they hit your site.
Google is good about catching infected sites and in search results will often put a warning under the search result stating the site has been compromised and will also auto-setup a warning page as a secondary shield once you click the link to the infected site to basically give you another warning “are you sure you want to enter this website — it’s very sketchy” type of statement. For the end user that’s great. But for the website owner it’s the worst because it then has potential customers afraid to visit your website.
No one wants that. That’s prospective business being lost.
In Effusion’s case within 24 hours we implemented a service that not only removed the malware, it also monitors our site 24/7 for potential hackers and also acts as a firewall middleman between the end user and our web hosting. We call this a website protection bubble. Whenever we compete a website project we always recommend implementing the malware/firewall protection, it’s a peace-of-mind thing that keeps you happy and your customers feeling safe.
You have insurance for your health, your car and your house, if you own a website, do yourself a favor and insure the integrity of the site with hacking protection. A firewall is the protection you need to keep your website healthy and your customers feeling secure.