Today’s internet is fraught with hazardous malware, or malicious software. It comes in many different forms. It may lurk within the code of infected websites where it waits for unsuspecting visitors to enter personal information. It might hijack otherwise innocuous online ads, redirecting consumers to phishing sites. Or it might tag along in downloads to further spread its disease.
Though there are 1.86 billion websites on the internet, it has been estimated that malware infects at least 18.5 million of them at any given time.
As a small business owner, a malware infection of your website is more than just an inconvenience. Allowed to go unchecked, it can eventually cause your hosting provider to take down your site—and valuable customers may be lost in the process.
Designed with Small Business Website Security in Mind
In its recent Global Malware Report , Comodo Threat Research Labs stated that the top three malware types detected in 2017 were trojans (accounting for 41 percent of malware detections), applications (24 percent) and backdoors (10 percent). While unsafe applications and unwanted applications were detected in more than 180 countries, they were most prevalent in the U.S. along with viruses and malware packers.
“I don’t think there is hardly anyone left in business who doesn’t understand that computer viruses exist,” Carlos Solari, Comodo’s Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, told RewardExpert. “That’s the simplest explanation of what malware is, though it can be very sophisticated and often intended to nest inside of websites.”
Solari explained that hackers like to hide their malware within websites because, by nature, the sites are designed to interface with the internet, making them the most exposed part of a computer network.
While Comodo offers its customers everything from security software for personal users to SSL certificates, endpoint protection and enterprise security solutions for larger businesses, its cWatch product was designed with small business website security in mind.
cWatch includes Comodo’s free website malware removal service, which the company launched in November of last year. In less than 30 minutes, Comodo’s team of cybersecurity operation center analysts will scan and remove any malware detected on your company’s website. The service is available 24/7 with no obligation. You don’t even have to enter your company credit card to get started.
Ozer Metin, Comodo’s Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions, explained that the free detection and removal process benefits Comodo as well as the small business end user. The more companies using the service, the more opportunities the Comodo team has to learn how various types of malware are behaving within website networks.
“This helps us categorize the malware and get much more efficient at detection, blacklists, and installing web application firewalls,” Solari added. “That way, we can really start to put a dent in this real problem that exists.”
Continuous Protection for Less than $10 a Month
But one-time use of cWatch is not enough to prevent future website issues according to Metin. “After the website is cleaned, if precautions aren’t taken, it requires just six hours for reinfection,” he explained.
With the addition of cWatch’s website protection services, the company’s security operations center will not just clean your web files but “also clean the databases and remove code that can cause you to be reinfected. If they find vulnerabilities, they will guide you to remedy them. And finally, they will put you behind the firewall.”
cWatch Web plans start at just $9.90 per month and include live assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. The software is easy to deploy and can be used with any website or CMS platform. The service will scan your website every six hours and remove any malware found.
Upgrade to a premium plan for $24.90 per month and your website will be scanned every four hours. You’ll also receive expert security tuning assistance.