Malware is basically any software that was built to get access or cause damage to other systems. It is a short term for Malicious Software and can be referred to as a virus sometimes.
Before the advent of the internet, malware could only be spread on shared networks in public places. The rise of the internet had greatly helped to spread malware all across so many systems, website, and devices. Malware can be cloaked in the guise of mail, embedded in a website so that people who visit such websites immediately get infected, and sometimes, even innocent programs and software that are easily downloaded from the internet carry viruses in them.
Your website needs to be secured from malware, especially if you collect sensitive information from your clients like credit or debit card details for payments, email addresses and what not. A malware could also leak your own private information, shut down your site and other such damages.
However, note that malware always changes its methods and improves so you can never be a hundred percent safe.
Types of Malware
Not every ad you see online is genuine. Some viruses show up as ads and encourage you to click on it or interact with it. The goal is to get you to click on ad banners and links so they can make money from your clicks. Most times, these ads appear as pop-ups that refuse to close or just keep popping up again in order to get you irritated.
Preventive measure: Install a Security Scanner Plugin that will scan your plugins, themes and other data on your site every day to check for viruses and unwanted content.
2. Computer Viruses
Your computer and website are built by codes that were developed by the developer or designer you hired. Some software, however, can replicate and add their own code to your website and/or computer. When this happens, your site becomes infected with the foreign code which can be used to delete data, spam your content, leak private or sensitive information and much more.
Preventive Measure: Install an antivirus into your computer to protect it against viruses. There are some WordPress security plugins you can use on your website that will protect your website and its data from malware.
Thus functions almost like the Trojan horse. It is a software that attaches itself to your computer or your website and collects data. When it affects your website, it will infect every phone or laptop used to access your website.
Preventive Measure: To safeguard against this, constantly update your WordPress, themes, and plugins immediately a new version comes out. This is vital because with each new version, vulnerabilities are tested out and more safeguards are added. Hackers always look for new ways to launch into software, themes, and plugins. So updating your software keeps you one step ahead.,
4. Trojan Horses
A trojan horse works like the story it is named after; it acts like it is doing one thing while it carries out its nefarious activities behind your back. An example is a plugin that seems to help with a task but really, it runs its own code into your site, corrupting data or leaking information to hackers. This happens mostly when people buy pirated plugins or themes because it’s cheaper. Hackers use the vulnerabilities in them to access your website.
Preventive Measure: Be very careful what plugins or themes you use on your site. Get all plugins, themes, images, videos, content, and others from reliable and trustworthy sources so your hard work does not come crashing down.
Like the name implies, this virus hijacks your system or website, threatens you with further disruptive action and asks for a ransom. Sometimes, it encrypts your website so you cannot access it, then asks for payment to decrypt it. It is often spread via attachments in emails.
Preventive Measure: Backup your website consistently so your files are always handy and regularly update your software.
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