More and more cyber-criminals are using websites as a vehicle to deliver trojan horses and other malwares. Often they insert malicious codes into innocent websites run by unsuspecting webmasters. Detecting a malware infection is relatively easy (as long as you have a top class antivirus) if all the pages of a website is affected. However, the real trouble is detecting a single infected page when you have hundreds and thousands of webpages. Due to the rapid rise in the number of malware infected websites most modern browsers (including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera) include a built in blacklist of infected websites. Getting blacklisted by any of them can be a nightmarish experience. Besides causing immediate fall in the popularity of your website it will also dent your credibility. Even search engines like Google use third-party services for warning visitors of malware infected websites. Getting tagged by Google can be a torturous experience since most webmasters heavily depend on Google. The main problem with Web Malware Infections is that most webmasters aren’t even aware of the problem until it’s too late.
Dasient is a new service co-founded by Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi (ex-Google employees) along with Ameet Ranadive (from Yodlee). Dasient provides three features:
1. Blacklisting Monitoring – This service is available for free and anyone can use it. Once you signup Dasient will periodically check your website’s status in Google, Firefox, Chrome, Norton Safe Web and McAfee SiteAdvisor and alert you if your website has been blacklisted in any one of them. While this doesn’t protect your website against malware infection or from getting blacklisted, this allows you to minimise the damage by acting quickly.
2. Malware Monitoring – This is not available to free users. Dasient will periodically scan your website and alert you if any malicious code in found. They will also provide you with helpful diagnostic information that will help you to quickly remove the malicious code. This solution doesn’t prevent your website from getting hacked, but allows you to act quickly and prevents getting blacklisted.
3. Quarantining – This is the highest level of protection offered by Dasient and as you would expect it isn’t free. Webmasters are required to install a simple module provided by Dasient on their server. This module will scan all your pages and automatically quarantine any malicious code. This stops any malware in its heels and prevents cyber-criminals from exploiting your website. This is currently in private beta and is available only to webhosting providers or folks with dedicated server.
Dasient is an extremely valuable and a unique service. The premium products from Dasient provide a layer of security that anyone who is dependent on their website for making a living should consider purchasing. At $49.95 per month it isn’t cheap, but can prevent disasters and offers peace of mind. WordPress blog owners who can’t afford Dasient can use WordPress Exploit Scanner to keep their blogs safe.