If you are a website owner, the one thing that can give you nightmares is any malware or virus infecting your site. Your website is probably hosted on an internet service provider's web hosting servers. And you don’t know if there are enough anti-virus measures that have been installed to protect customers' web sites against malicious attacks. The computer and internet community knows the menace caused by hackers, malware and virus spreaders. They don't spare any website and try to enter and destroy websites at will. They have caused damage amounting to millions on various websites, and some of the viruses have gained notoriety like Chernobyl, I LOVE YOU, Code Red, etc.
A virus can attack your computer, your mobile phone and any other device that's hooked to the internet. Some viruses cause a mild irritation and can be cleaned up easily. On the other hand, some of the viruses are so vicious that they can wreck the computer. That’s why any device that uses the internet needs to be protected against virus attacks. Also, remember that even a USB on which your friend or colleague has copied a video or work item for you could contain a virus which will infect your computer.
To fight these viruses that some very nasty people keep unleashing on the internet, anti-virus software applications have been developed. Today if you search for antivirus on the internet you will see some sites that offer anti-virus protection solutions. Some are free, and for the better ones, you have to pay. Also, some are offered with a free-trial period, and if you like it, you have to pay to get the full protection package. AVG, Avast, Kaspersky, Norton are just some of the antivirus software packages that are freely available.
As users keep upgrading their operating systems on their devices, they must use antivirus protection that protects against viruses that may attack those operating systems. For example, a Windows XP antivirus will not work in protecting a Windows 7 environment. Therefore, you must update your antivirus also and have the current version that will provide full protection.
Web servers should not be mistaken as comprising of just one powerful computer that is hosting websites. A proper web service provider will have some servers that do other tasks asides from hosting websites. Each server in the server has a specific role to perform in managing web traffic and protecting websites against malware, virus and hackers attacks. There are network servers, firewalls, and website servers. All the networks must be operational to provide the service expected from an internet service provider. The network servers are designed and operate to manage the traffic to the web servers; the firewall servers protect against illegal intrusions to the network.
It is the firewall servers that protect the web servers against malware, viruses and hacker attacks and other illegal intrusion attempts. Web hosting service providers do not depend on installing just one antivirus on their setups. They install several protection software applications and hardware. The reason for taking more than just one measure to protect their clients' websites is that every day thousands of intrusion attempts are made, and a single antivirus will not be sufficient to counter the attacks coming from various sources.
An email service provider will need to protect emails from attacks that target email servers. An internet service provider will have protection against malware, viruses, hackers and illegal intruders. Several layers of protection are required to protect websites. Should a website be hit by a virus or malware, the website owner will take legal action against the web hosting service provider, and that can end up ruining the web hosting service provider's reputation and financial standing.