Why WordPress malware Scans
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) on the internet. It is used to create nearly 20% of all websites on the internet. Due to it popularity it also makes it a popular target for hackers, spammers, and other malicious parties.
The goal of most hackers is to infect your website with malware. Common malware threats include:
- Pharma Hacks – Injects spam into your website database or files
- Backdoors – Allows hackers to gain access to your website at any time using FTP or your WordPress admin area
- Drive by Downloads – When a hacker uses a script to download a file to the users computer, either without their knowledge or by misleading the visitor and saying the software does something useful
- File and Database Injections – Inserts code into your files or database that lets the hackers do a number of different things
- Malicious Redirects – Redirects visitors to a page of theirs that misleads people into downloading an infected file
- Phishing – Used to acquire usernames, passwords, email addresses, and other sensitive information
The majority of people think they will know when their website has been hacked because there will be some obvious sign. However, this is not the case, the majority of hacks will be very unobtrusive and neither you or your customers will notice anything untoward.
The fact is attackers will aim to use gather information from your site, for a very long time time. They will place, malicious code which only purpose will be to provide them with access to your system whenever and wherever they need it.
It’s ok my hosting provider provides security
Your hosting provider may provide a layer of security, but the security and defence of your website is your responsibility.
If your WordPress site does get hacked and information is stolen from it, it is your responsibility and not your hosting company. They may not even try to assist you even recovering from the incident.