A crucial thing to understand is that malware cleanup is not enough to ensure your site is secure and operational. Once your website becomes infected, you will need to have all the malware files removed. From there, you must identify the source of the infection. There are then multiple measures you'll need to take to avoid website reinfection.
The majority of website attacks are automated, meaning they are carried out by bots looking for domain names to attack. Hackers don't usually target specific websites - they typically launch attacks on a large number of websites simultaneously, looking for vulnerabilities. They aim for a high-volume approach, hoping that a small percentage of sites they attempt to infect are vulnerable. If they come across a site that has already been infected without taking the proper precautions, the site will be more susceptible to additional attacks.
If you don't follow the correct protocols following an initial attack, your website will keep becoming reinfected
. Hackers know where the vulnerabilities are meant to be, and they will launch automated attacks until they find another vulnerability and exploit it.
Let's take a look at six essential steps you need to take to mitigate the risk of reinfection and protect your website. To prevent website reinfection, you should: