As webmasters and web designers, HackAlert Monitoring can solve of one of our lurking fears - that which we visit our website or sites we have developed and find, that they have been hacked, defaced, or worse than that, that they are distributing malware. This would leave a very bad impression on our work, and sometmes it's hard to know if there has been a compromise on some page or component which we have forgotten about.
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This is what is called a drive-by download - a technique where hackers inject malicious code into your website without your knowledge which is then used to infect other visitors of your site. Moreover, it is possible that your website becomes a partner in crime by being the "provider" of malware and traffic from vulnerable machines is sent to your site to get infected.
For your website's visitor, the problem can be that their personal information is stolen, such as financial data including online banking credentials and credit card details. Personal information stolen in this manner also could lead to taking over of email accounts, malcious access to social networks, and in many cases, full-blown identity theft.
HackAlert monitoring and Google blacklists
Another huge issue which is created if your webiste is hacked, is that Google will very quickly detect that your website has been compromised by malware. As soon as this happens, Google will immediately delist your site and post a huge warning to any visiting users, that if they visit your website they are likely to get infected by malware. Of course - this will create serious repurcussions, on your website and your business. At the very least, you will see a drastic drop in traffic to your website, and of course with that comes a bad reputation that your website will infect visitors computers.
Hackalert monitoring solves all this - by silently monitoring our website in the background to check if our site has been tampered with or been compromised.
The SiteGround hackalert monitoring service, is essentially a service which scans all the files of our website and checks whether they contain any suspicious looking files. It looks for particular patterns, especially those which are typically used by hackers to hide their malicious code. If it finds any of these types of files, the web malware monitoring and detection service will report that your site is not clean.
The service is completely cloud-based and powered by GlobalSign, one of the leading security providers.
HackAlert monitoring benefits - how it keeps your site clean
HackAlert by SiteGround scans files on your websites even for the latest and freshest zero-day malware. The good thing is that you don't have to do anything at all, your job is to just sit back and relax and let the hackalert monitoring service do all the dirty work. You don't need to install anything if you are a SiteGround user, you just need to activate the service on your domain.
HackAlert Monitoring - only one of the many ways SiteGround keeps your site secure.
At SiteGround, they take the security of your site very seriously. We've already mentioned all the reasons how a malware infection negatively impacts your site, so let's get to how you can rest easy with SiteGround.
How SiteGround keeps your website secure from hack attacks
Automatic WordPress and Joomla Updates
You probably know that one of the biggest risks your website is exposed to, is when your WordPress or Joomla is not updated to the latest versions. When you don't update your sites fast enough, it's very easy to fall victim to a hacking attack.
With SiteGround you don't have to worry about updating your site to keep it protected. As soon as a new version is released, a SiteGround scripts automatically backups your site and then upgrades it to the latest version - without you ever having to lift a finger or think about it.
Security Team + Specific Firewall Rules against 0-day exploits and attacks
Hacking attacks create problems not just for the owners of websites and their visitors. These owners create very serious issues for the hosting company where these sites are hosted. Due to this, SiteGround have a web security team who are always on the alert for any new fresh attacks which have been released. Besides implementing all the above mentioned web security measures - they also do something very specific. When a new attack is discovered, they configure their firewall (which protects all servers), to stop any hack using the fresh attack code. So EVEN if your site has not already been updated, anybody trying to crack your website is going to get stopped by the SiteGround firewall rule.
If all else fails - automatic Daily Backups
There's alsways that occasion when something has gone wrong, and things have gone belly up. Despite the hackalert monitoring, the updates, the firewall rules, something might still happen to your site. Maybe you forgot to harden the site, or change the password to a secure password, or you forgot the change file permissions to the correct permissions and your site got hacked anyway.
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The great things is that SiteGround take daily backups of your files and databases - so for those cases when despite all protections, something failed on your site and you need to revert to backup, you're still safely protected.
Go on - do like we do and rest safely knowing your site is protected. Give SiteGround a free 30 day trial - transfers from your current host are free.
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