SiteLock website security scans search your site, looking for anything that shouldn’t be there (malware, harmful code, etc.). When the scan finds something suspicious we alert you via email. Or the SMART (Secure Malware Alert & Removal Tool) tool can take it a step further and automatically removes anything harmful. Many security services perform only surface-level scans, but SiteLock examines your site from the inside-out and the outside-in. This enables SiteLock to detect vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit to harm your business, like out-of-date applications or open entry points to your back-end.
Malware, short for malicious software, can be installed on your website by hackers who are able to find weaknesses on your web server. A typical website can have thousands of potential vulnerabilities for malware injection. Once placed on your website, malware can then be used to spread viruses, steal personal or financial data, and even hijack computers. It is not easily detected and may infect your customers’ computers after they visit your website.
Outdated applications are the most popular way for criminals to gain access to your website and data, which is why application scans are critical. If Google detects malware on your website they will blacklist you, killing your reputation as well as your search engine rank. All of this can result in damaged visitor trust, angry customers and lost revenue.