Malware Attacks on websites and blogs are increasing day by day. There are many forms and shapes in which these malware programs attack your websites. Some are easily seen, while some are hidden and not easily discovered. For instance, if a website is hacked, most of the time it is defaced and the entire world knows within minutes about the attack. These types of attacks are generally launched by hackers, who want to prove a point or two.
But there are some other types of attacks, which are more sophisticated and they insert a malicious script in your website code. On the face of it, you don’t see any change, but silently, your website is now one of the many similar platforms for that hacker to launch a bigger attack somewhere else. Your website is being used only as a pawn in the bigger game plan.
This situation is very risky. Soon your website will be tracked as a malicious site by various security agencies, including Google. And once this happens, and Google detects malware or phishing attacks are coming from your website they will place a warning next to your results listing, an interstitial warning page when the user clicks the result and a pop-up warning if the Google Toolbar is installed. As soon as this happens, your site is virtually killed.
How to Get Warning Alerts to Protect Your Website from Malware Attacks
Thankfully, Google comes to your rescue here. Google has recently started Safe Browsing API, which is a simple method for developers to download Google’s list of suspected phishing and malware URLs for which malware warning alerts are issued to the users of Firefox and Google Desktop. There are many applications under development at present which will make use of this API.
One such useful service is SERPGuard. It is a FREE malware alert service that regularly checks the Google Safe Browsing Blacklists. And whenever any mention of your website URLs appears there, it immediately shoots you warning signals, through emails, twitter and RSS. You just have to sign up with a FREE account with them and verify your site by uploading a small code to your webpages, and it starts monitoring your site for any malware and fishing attacks.
A really useful service in the long term.
If you want to know more, follow these links to get the answers about SERPGuard.