Have you ever been to a Google search result page, looked through the results, and seen “This site may harm your computer” written underneath the title of one of them? This is Google’s way of warning you that you might get unexpected results when entering a website, usually in the form of browser hijacking scripts or malware.
Not all sites with malware in them actually asked for it to be put there. Some websites get compromised and experience several problems getting out of Google’s bad graces even after they’ve dealt with the problem. You don’t want to have to deal with the big blue, green, yellow, and red “G” when you have a problem like this, so start thinking about prevention.
So, where do we start? Besides hiring a team of developers to spruce up your code and tighten it against malicious code injections (yes, those are real), you can also employ the services of companies that notify you when something’s wrong. There are tons of firms out there that have years of experience in dealing with these problems, and they’re all at your disposition. More recently, they’ve been targeting the small business market, which tends to get hit harder by these kinds of issues.
Let’s list a couple of services you can rely upon to get rid of any nastiness found in your site:
- StopTheHacker – This service constantly monitors your site for malware and automatically removes it wherever it’s found. This ensures that you don’t get blacklisted and makes sure you don’t suffer damage to your reputation. STH also monitors your Facebook page to ensure no malicious links are posted. Their cheapest plan, however, isn’t effective in doing these things. You must choose their “Professional” plan for the automatic malware removal and artificial intelligence engine. This plan costs $20 per month.
- Sucuri – This company touts the ability to have your website clean and running again within 3 hours. If your website gets blacklisted, the service will remove you from the blacklist for you. The promising features make it a rather tasty option especially for the SMB owner who’d like to pack a punch without paying out a whole lot. Their most affordable plan costs $89.99 per year and includes all the gadgets and gizmos you need for one website. More advanced plans cover more websites and they’re willing to monitor as many of them as you want, for the right price.
If you’ve got a website that receives even a moderately small amount of traffic, your revenue can be completely obliterated by a single attack. You should set up your fort accordingly. After all, your website’s security platform is equally important as the server you host it on.