Hundreds of millions, even billions of websites are indexed in Google’s search engine, and of course that of many other less popular search engines. Along with these websites are nearly one billion viruses and malware just looking for a way to get in. Whether a virus infects your website, or a malware hitches a ride on your downloads, the results can be devastating for your business.
Businesses that have their website security compromised will lose customers and be saddled with a bad reputation. You may need your website design completely rebuilt/re-designed if a virus or malware infects and destroys it. Even if your site is still usable the website maintenance and repair cost along with the downtime may be quite costly; losing you potentially hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on your business. Even worse, your business could be held responsible for any damages that occur to your customers’ personal information, financial information, and more.
With over 350,000 malicious (malware) programs being discovered every day you cannot be too safe when it comes to protecting your website. While it is highly advisable to have a team of professionals (such as Thought Media) ready to help you through their maintenance & support packages, there are steps you can take to help yourself. Below are five powerful tools that you can use to help protect your business and website from damages associated with viruses/malware. There is a mix of both free and paid tools listed below that will fit your website maintenance budgetor lack of.
Cloudflare, a website security company, provides a scalable, easy-to-use, unified control plane to deliver security, performance, and reliability for on-premises, hybrid, cloud, and SaaS applications. Cloudflare’s free service is ideal for individuals with a personal website and anyone who wants to explore Cloudflare. The main features Cloudflare offers for free include unmetered mitigation of DDoS attacks, Global Content Delivery Network and Shared SSL certificates. Paid versions offer increased security options.
Uptime Robot helps you keep your website up and keeps you updated about the status of your site every 5 minutes or so and alerts you if your site is down. It works by asking your website for its website headers and gets status codes like “200-ok”, “404-not found”, etc. every 5 minutes (or more depending on settings).
If a status code indicates a non-loading site, Uptime Robot makes several more checks in the next 30 seconds, and if the site is still down, it sends you an alert. At a paid Pro rate, it offers additional services and website maintenance plans.
Sucuri Site Check allows you to enter a URL (ex. sucuri.net) and check the website for known malware, viruses, blacklisting status, website errors, out-of-date software, and malicious codes. The free remote website scanner has limited access and the results are not guaranteed. For a full scan, and further tools you need to subscribe to a paid plan which offer additional services such as monitoring and malware removal, website backup, firewalls and more.
UpGuard scans billions of digital assets daily across thousands of vectors. Some of the advanced capabilities offered by the UpGuard include Data leak detection, typo squatting protection, vulnerability scanning, and identity breach detection . Their free website scan offers you a risk assessment of your site. Paid website maintenance packages, on the other hand, feature a wider variety of features.
Thought Media Website Maintenance Plans
While it’s wonderful to have these tools at your disposal to help protect and secure your business website, it is much better to have a dedicated team ready to handle website maintenance and support services including general updates, backups, restoration, and much more! Thought Media has a team of experts standing-by to handle all of the website support services you need to keep your website clean, safe, and to keep your customers happy. Thought Media’s website maintenance services are available in monthly subscriptions that provide much-needed peace of mind to businesses.
A website maintenance plan with Thought Media ensures you have a team of specialists ready to assist, repair, or restore damaged sites, or upgrade websites to ensure they are fully protected. Thought Media’s website maintenance packages encompass the use of the best tools available on the market to keep your website in exceptional condition. TM’s website maintenance team is a powerful tool and will expediently solve all your support tickets and inquiries.
Ensuring the health and functionality of your website is vital, especially since the internet is teeming with malware, viruses, and hackers that could cripple your operations and obliterate your reputation. If you’re concerned about protecting your website, and you should be, reach out to the skilled experts at Thought Media.
As a bonus and honorable mention, you can also try Thought Media’s free SEO tool. Though it’s not related to security, it’s certainly worth bookmarking!