This is the last in the series of three posts following on from part 1 and part 2 which covers a review of the WebsiteDefender service and how to maximise your website security.

In this article we will explain in detail some of the most important features that WebsiteDefender provides and exactly how they help to increase your website security.

As mentioned in the previous post, WebsiteDefender have announced a multi-site package which allows you to scan up to 50 websites on a daily basis (while at the time of writing the free version only allows for weekly checks). This is great news – especially for web developers and administrators who are providing maintenance and administration services for several commercial websites.

But why choose WebsiteDefender to secure your website(s), out of so many online security scanners?  Because WebsiteDefender offers a number of important security checks for your website(s) or blog(s) within the suite of features:

Scans for Malware: According to the Verizon 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report, the Web has become the second most common infection for malware.  Scanning for malware is one of the most important security checks that must be considered today, however not all the online scanners checks for website malware.  A survey conducted by BitDefender from January to June 2009 states: “Trojan-type malware is on the rise, accounting for 83-percent of the global malware detected in the world”.  Read more about what is malware and most common infections discovered to date.  Here are the security checks that WebsiteDefender provides against malware for your website(s) or blog(s):

  • Scans all your files for malware.
  • Detects malware links within your site.
  • Detects backdoors and Trojans.
  • Detects local root vulnerabilities such as rootkits.

Avoid Google blacklisting: If your website distributes malware or is prone to a hacker attack, the chances are that your website will be placed on the Google blacklist, meaning that it will no longer show on Google’s search results.  This can have disastrous consequences for your website and business.  It will damage your reputation, your website search engine optimisation ranking and your web traffic.  In one word, it can affect your entire online presence.  WebsiteDefender checks if your website is blacklisted by Google or any other search engine or if you are at risk to be banned.  In case your website is blacklisted, run a scan with WebsiteDefender in order to discover the problem and follow the instructions provided in your scan report to remove the malware.

WordPress security checks: If you run a website on WordPress, you are probably thrilled with the wide variety of plugins and themes you can use.  Many of them are free, meaning you can minimise your expenses.  Great thing for you, isn’t it?  Sure, but all the great achievements in technology are also risky.  A malicious developer can create plugins or themes that distribute malware and infect your website.  Have you thought about the risk of using open sources plugins and themes?  WebsiteDefender did, and developed special security checks that verify if your WordPress plugins and themes are safe and if you are using the latest available version of your installed plugins.

WebsiteDefender also checks if the administrator credentials are changed or if a new administrator account has been created, as well as if your entire WordPress installation is secure.

File integrity validation: This is a great feature provided by WebsiteDefender which is not offered by many online security scanners.  A hacker can find security vulnerabilities and exploit them to get access to your website.  Once the hacker breaks into your website, they can modify your important files and you might not even notice that.  Upon a scan being run, WebsiteDefender will notify you as soon as one of your website’s files have changed and will also highlight these changes.  In this way, you can easily compare the old version with the new version of the website and recover if necessary.  View this article to learn more about file integrity validation and why this feature is a must for your website security.

Other important security checks that WebsiteDefender provides are:

  • Monitor your website and inform you about potential threats that target your website or blog.
  • Detects under the hood hacking activities on your website.
  • Checks if your website content changed.
  • Checks if error messages display any source codes or sensitive information.
  • Detects php configuration problems.
  • Continuously looks for new security weaknesses on your site.

People appreciate website security according to the configuration and structure of their website(s) or blog(s).  The above mentioned features are the most wanted and searched for these days.

Overall, WebsiteDefender provides a best of breed set of security and scanning tools with some real under-the-covers security strategies to give you the peace of mind that your online presence will be taken care of, vulnerabilities proactively notified and the ability to respond to threats or risks to your website diverted.

This concludes our review of WebsiteDefender and recommendations on what should become internet best practices.  No-one who runs a website of any sort should be without these tools and the security layers that the service provides.  The company is clearly doing great things, enhancing their services and ensuring that they are at the bleeding edge of technology whilst keeping abreast of the latest strategies taken by hackers and nasties on the internet who tried to make use of your website for malicious gain.

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