It seems that the
occurrence of web based malware is spreading as security evolves to counter the
The two key areas of concern are malware sites setup
to spread malware from the rouge site, and compromised sites inadvertently
spreading malware on the web to users.
Prevent Web Based
Webmasters should take extra care
with the security of their websites to avoid being compromised.
Users should be wary of the sites they visit and utilize good
security software that can detect infections to try prevent web based malware from
Keeping the software up to date with the latest threats can help in minimizing
the infection from web based malware likelihood.
Security software can also be used to keep a list of 'bad sites' to try prevent
infection. However with the amount of sites with malware on the web
increasing, it may be difficult for these lists to be kept up to date as
required. Hence users should keep their security software as up to date as
There are also various browser toolbars that can help assess the
safety of websites. This safety can be checked as a page loads, but some
toolbars can also check the link as the user hovers over it, before the user loads
Some toolbars can also provided a security assessment of each of the links that
can be clicked from a page.
Once again these toolbars rely on the lists being up to date. Some
toolbars actually use data from multiple sources to try improve their accuracy
Security software may also incorporate a browser toolbar as part of their
overall software package.
All these practises can help prevent web based malware from spreading and
causing problems for users and on the web.