What is Malware?

Most people understand that when they build a website, they don’t want it to get hacked or destroyed (mainly because of the cost of time and monetary value). That’s a given that most businesses and consumers consider common knowledge.

However, not everyone fully understands what hacking is, and what it can mean for you, your website, your business, and your customers. Compared to the hacking you see on tv and in the movies, it’s much less dramatic but it is still extremely dangerous and can lead to some incredibly severe consequences. Throughout this blog, we’d like to share what malware is, how websites and computers become infected, and the simple steps you can take to protect yourself from possible attacks!

So, what is malware exactly? Malware is the short term for Malicious Software which is exactly as it sounds – software that’s meant to act maliciously without your knowledge. Malware can impact your website or your computer and all the different types of malware do different things. There are near endless types of malware, the most common being ransomware (blackmail), spyware (accessing or stealing sensitive information) Trojan horses (deleting, stealing, modifying or copying information) and scripts used to send SPAM emails on your behalf.

Myth: Hacking only really happens to big banks, large corporations or government sites.

Answer: FALSE.

According to reports by the government and internet providers, 64% or more of website data breaches actually impact companies with 100 or fewer employees!

As many small-medium sized businesses have probably learned, reputation is very critical for new websites, and if potential customers see something less than favorable, you may lose their business forever.

Read our next post about how malware gets into your site/computer, and what you can do to stop it!

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