Protect Website Users from Malware

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Protect Website Users from Malware

Postby NetChico » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:31 am

The proliferation of malware designed to infiltrate computer systems without the owners' informed consent has become one of the most challenging security issues facing users today. Hackers are engineering ever more sophisticated viruses, worms and Trojan horses that can increasingly outsmart traditional defense mechanisms. Instances of Web-based malware alone increased by 508 percent in the first half of 2009 compared to the first half of 2008.1 And the vast majority of it is served or linked off of legitimate, trusted Web sites-maybe even your own.

The increasing popularity of interactive Web sites-such as social networks, blogs and wikis designed to facilitate the sharing of user-created content-has made it easier for cybercriminals to distribute malicious software through the very same sharing channels, planting the malware on a visitor's computer without his or her knowledge. To date, Web site owners have fallen short in defending against this problem, leaving it up to users to defend themselves. In most cases site owners don't even discover their sites are serving malware until long after they have been compromised.

Given potential costs to the business as well as ethical considerations Web site owners have a responsibility and a business interest in ensuring that their Web sites are not serving malware.
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