Tuesday 23 May 2023

How secure are the websites you visit?


It is a fact that for many years the internet has provided us with the best source of information on thousands of topics, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, many trying to take advantage of the same benefit to the detriment of unsuspecting users try in many ways to gain access to our data in order to steal any confidential information and in most cases simply empty our wallet.

They achieve this mainly through malicious code that they inject through websites that entice us to visit, or through websites that unbeknownst to their administrators somehow pass the malicious code into the code of the website that they want to control.

Of course, on the other hand, things are not so simple and easy to achieve their purpose, on the other hand, techniques are already being developed and developed so that anyone can effectively check and prevent the possibility that their website will be changed on a ΄΄zombie΄΄ website.

So today focusing on this part we will present products from official and branded companies so that at any time we can see and check online our website for such phenomena. Of course we can check in addition to our own website and any other that we believe or have reasonable suspicions that something is wrong with it.

It will certainly come as a big surprise to many, especially if the website you are viewing has not shown similar behavior in the past. But what can be hidden behind such messages, to what extent are they reliable and how can we as users and as administrators of a website protect ourselves? 

These problems concern every user who wants to make browsing on the Internet safe, but it is the duty and obligation of every website administrator to take those measures to prevent such unpleasant situations that, if nothing else, undermine the reputation of his website.

But let's see what are the factors that will put your computer on alert. Some websites have security issues, more specifically, when a user tries to visit them, a message appears warning them that their computer security is at risk. This, of course, is the classic message that Google displays when it detects that a site has been infected, is hosting, or has a link to dangerous content. 

But what is malware and what can be the consequences of any infection of your computer, and especially how we can learn more details to deal with this problem more effectively.

The term "malware" covers all types of malware that is designed to harm a computer or network. Malicious software can be installed on your device without your knowledge, often through misleading links or downloads that appear to be of interest to you.

There are services where you can check some urls, but here I have chosen the ones that have a particular weight, both because of their name and certainly because of the very good search and evaluation engines for all kinds of Malware, which we briefly describe below: In the search field, put the url of the website that we want to check and within a very short time we see the results and indeed in many details.


VirusTotal.com is a free online scanning service that scans for suspicious files using 50+ Anti-virus applications and facilitates the rapid detection of viruses, worms, trojans, all kinds of malware providing reliable results and prevention of false positives. 


The peculiarity of this check lies in the fact that this time it is not done by a specific antivirus but by dozens, thus making the check even more reliable. 

To be precise, the control programs are as follows: PcTools Browser Defender, Norton SafeWeb, MyWOT, Threat Log, MalwareDomainList, hpHosts, ZeuS Tracker, Google Diagnostic, PhishTank, Project Honey Pot, ParetoLogic, Spamhaus, URIBL, Malware Patrol, SURBL, SpamCop , Finjan, TrendMicro Web Reputation, Web Security Guard, AMaDa, DNS-BH, joewein.de LLC, Spamhaus, DShield, Malc0de. 

After the check as you can see in the photo above there is the classic green evaluation dot which means that the url to be checked has passed the test. 


It is considered by many to be the best and most reliable service of its kind. In the same way here we type the name of the website we want to check and wait for the results in a few seconds. However, the particularity of this website lies in the fact that it can also do cleaning, but for this possibility you must be a registered member. 


After the malware is installed on your computer, hackers are very likely to try to steal your personal data. They do this by recording your keystrokes or monitoring your computer activity. 

They could also control your computer or force it to visit websites, send spam emails, or perform other actions without your knowledge.  

The effects of a malicious program can range from simple annoyance to identity theft. Usually before this happens administrators will be informed through the relevant option in the field of health, Tools for webmasters (I guess you have all linked webmasters tools to your website). All you have to do is put in the search field Google Transparency Report the webpage you want to check.

Usually, even before we get to the point where Google gives us a red card, there is a relevant update to our e-mail in very serious cases and, of course, the update through the tools for Webmasters from Google about the problem. 

The table above will help us a lot to understand where the problem comes from and which in many cases can be relatively simple, for example there is no problem with the code of your website but it is very likely one or some of your links lead to websites with dangerous content. 

Another case and perhaps the most serious and often the most difficult is to have placed infected code usually in the form of a widget, so it would be good to check it before proceeding to download code and place code on your website so it will be good do not put what you find where you find it if you are not sure of its origin.

It is also very important to make sure that you have removed any virus on your computer and that it can spread to your website. Even in case of a problem, change the passwords on all your accounts and of course on your website. 
Finally, try to restore your website files from one of your older back-ups. 
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