Meet Norma Maxwell of Connect Interactive. A member of our Power Blogger Team, Norma is an expert in web design and online presence.
As much as I love the Internet and all the possibilities it presents for small businesses and entrepreneurs, I have had to recently come face-to-face with some of the evil lurking beneath the surface of the Internet. I’m talking about the thousands upon thousands of hackers who have nothing better to do with their time than scour the web looking for vulnerable websites they can infect with malware to inject harmful viruses or spyware on your unsuspecting visitor’s computers.
Malware is a bit of code that someone who can infiltrate your website can place on your files without you knowing about it. As if that isn’t bad enough, once this happens, search engines such as Google will issue a warning to anyone who tries to visit your website warning them to stay away so their computer does not risk becoming infected. Malware can do anything from redirect a visitor to another website without their permission, to download a harmful virus or spyware application onto their computer.
I naively thought this was a somewhat uncommon experience, but last year I learned that it is not only common, but becoming increasingly common each and every day. To make matters worse, there is no special reason a hacker chooses to attack a particular website–it is a totally random attack that has to do with whether or not your website is secure, and whether or not the server on which your website is hosted is secure. Tweet this tidbit!
Despite how much value your website or blog contributes to the online world, or the well being of your business, you could face becoming the next victim of a attack if you do not take some important precautionary malware security measures.
There is information available on the web that speaks to what we can do after an attack, such as Google’s Webmasters Central, which discusses malware and what to do once your site has been infected. The WP Security Lock blog is chock full of the latest information on malware attacks and more importantly, how to protect yourself from falling victim in the first place.
I was relieved to discover that Regin Smola at WP Security Lock provides security services in addition to great information because I just don’t have the time available to learn all there is to know about this stuff, and keep up with every new development. But this is what the team at WP Security Lock does every day. Regina has made it her personal mission to foil evil hackers.
So for me, moving forward, all of my clients who have dynamic websites will either receive WP Security Lock services as an optional part of their package, or be referred directly to her team, because they simply cannot afford to have their website down because of some random hacker attack. Regardless of whether you do it yourself, or find someone like Regina to help you, I hope you will learn from my mistake and protect yourself against this ever-increasing threat. I would compare not doing so to driving a car without auto insurance just wouldn’t recommend it! Tweet this tidbit!
Success & Security to you!
(Post originally posted on Inside Web Marketing)
Norma Maxwell is the founder of Connect Interactive. Norma loves the web. LOVES. She fell head-over-heels when she stumbled upon it while studying History and Literature in college some twelve years ago. She promptly changed her academic focus to Interactive Design, and has never looked back. Norma helps clients build solid, lasting relationships, and grow thriving businesses by utilizing the power of the Internet in strategic, intentional ways.