Cybersecurity is an important aspect, especially if you are running a business. Both site owners and users need to know the signs of malware. Even when it has contact information, an SSL certificate and other signs of security, it can still be attacked. Some of the signs that a website has malware are as follows.
- Defacement: If you notice that a site has had sudden changes in things like logo, or name, then chances are that it has been infiltrated by malware.
- Pop-ups that are suspicious: When a website suddenly has pop-ups that are regularly showing and in strange positions, it is likely that it has malware. Most of these pop-ups will be showing you links to sites that you should download.
- Suspicious adverts: Be on the lookout for adverts that have spelling errors and sound scammy. The too good to be true kind of adverts that promise instant changes or the ones that tell you they hold the keys to your happiness. Always remember that even legitimate adverts can be attacked by malware, so you should be careful when clicking on a link that suddenly appears on a website.
- Suspicious redirects: If you have just landed on a site and you are suddenly getting many redirects to yet another site, you should not be too quick to click. This could be because the site has been attacked by malware.
- Beware of Phishing Kits: Phishing kits are sites that imitate websites that are commonly visited to get personal information from unsuspecting people. They could be imitating news websites, banking sites, or online gambling companies, and they will be asking for bank details or other personal information.
- Warnings from search engines: if you get a warning that the site you plan to visit is suspicious, you should be safe and not click on it unless you are very sure that it is the right site.