Are you aware of the kind of cyberattacks that take place online? The impact it has on business? The losses that come with each attack? Also, did you know that malware attacks can affect the revenue of a website? There are over 1 billion websites in the world, and each has its own ranking. However, it doesn’t matter if a business is big or small, cyberattacks target everyone.
In this guide, I’ll talk about how cyberattacks like Malware invasion can hamper or slow down the progression of a website and steps you can use to prevent it.
But first, do you know what a malware attack is?
What is a malware attack?
A malware attack is a virus. When a virus spreads, it causes mass destruction. In the same way, a malware attack is when cybercriminals create, install and spread malicious software to smaller, more vulnerable, or unprotected websites and other areas.
They spread it from device to device without the target having any knowledge of it. What is it done for? To gain access to sensitive or personal information, to sabotage a device, or the more popular reason “For financial gain.” They come in the form of Trojan horses, ransomware attacks, phishing mail, DDoS attacks, Man-in-the-middle attacks and others.
How do malware attacks affect the revenue of a website?
Now that you’re all caught up with what a malware attack is, let’s talk about how it affects business. Here’s how:
- The revenue of a company depends on the engagement from users on your website. When a cyber attacker spreads malware through your website, it incredibly hampers the performance of it. Users experience spam links, ads, site downtime etc.
- If these malware attacks hack into your website, they can easily hold your data and all of the website’s important information at ransom.
- Hacked websites, means spending more on the losses, on cybersecurity software, on IT teams and other means to rejuvenate a website after the losses.
- Just because malware attacks on websites don’t directly cause any damage to users, it doesn’t mean there’s no damage done. Business owners make most of their revenue on trusted clients. If that trust is broken through attackers stealing user information, a website loses business.
- When attackers spread malware and hold important data and user information at ransom, a website loses credibility.
- When a website loses credibility and is plagued with malware, Google automatically blacklists the website.
What can you do to prevent malware attacks in the future?
Malware attacks on a website cause a huge loss and the expenses to rise from the ashes are expensive. However, there are certain things you can do to secure your website from future attacks. They are:
- Make sure you install and check up on regular updates. If you’re using a content manager system for your website content, make sure they’re also updated to avoid any future vulnerabilities.
- Never overcrowd the plugins or features that you don’t require and uninstall them.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or any other reliable security software to help detect and block malware attacks and other intrusions.
- Cybersecurity training for the whole team is crucial. Everyone needs to be on the same page where prevention mechanisms are concerned.
Most businesses need to understand that a website plays a huge role in gathering up the most sales or revenue. A product can be extremely great but if the website poses as vulnerable and unreliable, business immediately starts receding. A website is like the front cover of a book. It’s what everyone sees or goes through when looking for a product. This is why you need to make sure its protected from external threats following the guide mentioned above.
Jade Nazareth is a writer at topvpnservice. She takes a keen interest in writing how-to guides and awareness blogs related to cybersecurity measures and software. To instill a little cyber-knowledge in her readers using layman’s terms is what she aims to do.