MalCare Security Service: One-Stop WordPress Security Solution

MalCare is a complete security solution for WordPress sites and non-techie WP users. With the Malcare plugin installed, you can keep your WordPress site secure and protected with just a few clicks.

MalCare Security Service: One-Stop WordPress Security Solution

MalCare Security Service: One-Stop WordPress Security SolutionWordPress is the world’s leading  platform for building websites and for publishing and managing content online. Over 30% of all websites in the world are powered by WordPress, making the platform a huge target for hackers and malicious users looking for vulnerabilities that they can exploit and use to compromise a website.

According to security experts, 90,978 hack attempts are made on WordPress websites every minute!

Our own security reports and logs confirm this. We run a number of WordPress sites and these are constantly under attack …

WordPress sites are constantly under attack!

(WordPress sites are constantly under attack!)

If you have created a website without proper security planning and the right WordPress security plugins installed, then it’s only a matter of time before you fall prey to hack attempts.

Find Out If Your Website Has Been Hacked

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If you suspect that your website has been hacked, then check out this tutorial:

How To Prevent Your Website From Being Hacked

To prevent your WordPress website from being hacked, you should have a web security plan in place and choose security plugins that you can trust and that are well-supported.

MalCare

MalCare: One-Stop WordPress Security Solution

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MalCare is regarded by many WordPress security experts and top WordPress plugin listicles as one of the best security solutions in the market.

MalCare is one of the best security solutions for WordPress!

(MalCare is one of the best security solutions for WordPress!)

What’s MalCare?

MalCare dashboard

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MalCare was built by the same company that developed BlogVault, a popular WordPress backup plugin with over 200,000 users. While working on BlogVault, they saw the need for a good security plugin and decided to build a comprehensive security solution that can detect, remove, and prevent hacking attempts.

What makes MalCare a better WordPress security plugin? First of all, this is a multidimensional solution created for non-technical users that allows you to keep your WordPress site secure with just a few clicks.

In this post, we are going to cover the following areas of using MalCare:

  • Installation and Setup
  • MalCare Dashboard
  • MalCare Scanner
  • MalCare Cleaner
  • MalCare Firewall
  • Website Hardening
  • Website Management
  • Secure Backups
  • MalCare Support

Installing MalCare

Installing and setting up MalCare requires no external help or technical assistance from experts.

Setting up MalCare and ensuring that your security plugin is running and keeping your site protected is a simple two-step process:

Step 1 – Add Your Site

First, sign up to  create an account, then log in.

After logging into the MalCare dashboard, add your site(s) to the MalCare dashboard by selecting the Add New Site button …

Add new site

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A field will display asking for the address of your website. Enter the URL of your site into the field and select the Next Step button …

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Step 2 – Install The Plugin

You will be asked to enter your site’s admin login details. Type in the credentials to your site and MalCare will do the rest for you and begin securing your site.

Exploring The Dashboard

The MalCare dashboard provides a clean and intuitive interface that makes it easy to navigate to the various plugin sections and features.

The left-hand side of the dashboard provides one-click navigation links to help you access all the main features quickly.  The dashboard is neatly divided into five sections: Security, Management, Backup, Reporting, and White-Labelling. Below this, you will find everything you need to keep your site secure.

After performing an initial scan, your site will be marked with a security rating ranging from A to D (A is best and D is worst). The score is determined by an internal algorithm that tells you the health of your site.

Don’t be alarmed if your scan doesn’t result in an “A”. MalCare will tell you what you can do to improve the score.

There are four main features available in MalCare that you need to know about. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these features:

The Scanner

An impressive fact worth knowing is that MalCare was built after collecting data from over 240,000 websites. The scanner uses artificial intelligence to detect hard-to-find malware. MalCare scans sites at a scheduled time every day.

MalCare scanner

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Apart from the scheduled scans, there is also a Scan Now option that lets you instantly run a scan and display the results.

Select the Scan Site option

(Select the ‘Scan Site’ option)

Scanning Technique

MalCare doesn’t just search for strings in the code to find malware. This technique is not sufficient to detect complex malware. It has a sophisticated algorithm along with AI that learns and discovers new and complex malware in your system with ease.

Reduces Load

Another reason why MalCare is impressive is that the scanning does not slow down your site. Instead, MalCare transfers your website data to its own server and runs the scan on the server.

After the scanning is done, if malware is found, the next step is to clean it.

The Cleaner

Cleaning malware is normally a time-consuming task. MalCare, however, makes this easy. The Auto Clean option is present in the Scanner section and the malware clean happens at the click of a button.

MalCare cleaner

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 If you are informed that your site has been hacked, all you need to do is press the button, and your website will be malware free! You will be informed of this by email and receive a notification alert on the dashboard.

No Technical Expertise Required

You don’t need technical experts to use the MalCare Cleaner. The entire cleaning process is simple and easy to follow and can be done by a non-technical person.

Thorough Malware Removal

The nature of malware programs is that even after being removed, many will try to make a comeback by finding a backdoor. MalCare was built to prevent these kinds of issues. After running the cleaner, most malware issues should be permanently resolved.

Precision

The MalCare cleaner works in a way that does not affect any part of your site while removing malware. It takes care of the files that were hacked and leaves your clean files untouched.

Many people will recommend performing a manual clean up after your site has been hacked. This kind of cleanup, however, is considered outdated. MalCare employs the latest technologies to clean a site with the click of a button!

Your site is now clean!

(Your site is now clean!)

While removing existing malware is essential, the next important step is preventing malware from infiltrating your website again.

Website Hardening

WordPress recommends certain website hardening measures to improve website security. To perform those measures, however, requires some technical knowledge. MalCare makes it easy to perform these measures. Based on the level of security required, MalCare offers three types of protection.

MalCare website hardening

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1. Essentials
  • Block PHP Execution in Untrusted Folders
  • Change Database Prefix
  • Disable Files Editor
2. Advanced
  • Block Plugin/Theme Installation
3. Paranoid
  • Reset all Passwords
  • Change Security Keys

MalCare performs these actions when the above security levels are enabled. Here are a few technical aspects of the website hardening feature.

Security Keys

These are stored by default on the database of the site. However, it can be dangerous as it is an easy target for hackers. With MalCare, these keys can be replaced with a new set of keys that are stronger. They are also placed in a more secure location.

PHP files

Attacks caused due to the execution of PHP files in the uploads folder are frequent, but MalCare efficiently takes care of this too!

Prevents Plugin Installations

Rogue plugins and themes are an easy way for hackers to get into your site. MalCare detects them at the initial scan itself. It will disable these installations and reduce the risk factor.

You can select your preferred security level and choose the actions to take when you navigate to the website hardening feature. The hardening feature is highly recommended even if you have not experienced hacking issues.

MalCare Firewall

MalCare Firewall is a feature enabled to fortify your website and protect it from hackers. This feature is automatically activated when a site is added to MalCare.

MalCare firewall

(MalCare firewall)

However, you can disable if you wish. MalCare filters the traffic coming from the outside world in two ways:

IP Blocking

MalCare scans more than 100,000 websites in search for bad IPs. These are the ones that are known to harm your website when they visit it. So whenever one of these IP addresses try to gain access from your site, the firewall blocks it!

MalCare traffic log

(MalCare traffic log)

Login Protection

Some hackers continuously try to gain access to your site by trying different combinations of passwords. MalCare blocks them after a few unsuccessful attempts by deploying a CAPTCHA.

This feature will make you feel a lot safer, so ensure that the firewall remains enabled all the time.

MalCare login logs

(MalCare login logs)

Integrated Backup

Backups are an essential part of website security. They are your safety net if a hacker gains access to your site and wipes out your files and data. With MalCare’s powerful backup service, your sites will remain protected and you always have access to your backups.

Website Management

MalCare has a website Management section where you can manage your dashboard, update plugins, themes, and a lot more. The site also has a feature that alerts you if your plugins are outdated!

Additionally, you can change passwords, user roles or even delete users who have access to your WordPress site.

MalCare website management

(MalCare website management)

MalCare Support

If you need support or have any questions or concerns about the features or the technology behind MalCare, you will find that the MalCare support team is very responsive and eager to share their knowledge with you.

Recommendation: Install The MalCare Plugin

The features in MalCare are simple and easy-to-use. If you own or manage multiple WordPress sites, adding these to the dashboard is just a simple ‘rinse and repeat’ process. MalCare is a robust WordPress security solution backed by a solid support team and extensive help documentation.

With MalCare’s Scanner actively looking after your WordPress sites on a daily basis, you will have peace of mind knowing that your sites will be safer.

Using the Cleaner is easy and the procedure takes only a few minutes. Use the Website Hardening feature to lock down the backend of your site(s). Malcare also provides two additional useful features for agencies, web developers, or anyone managing client websites: White-Labelling and Client Reporting.

MalCare is very reasonably priced and offers a range of options to suit your needs, depending on how many sites you need to protect and manage.

If you are a WordPress site owner, we recommend installing the MalCare security plugin and using the service as part of your regular website management and security maintenance process.

For more details, go here: MalCare – Complete WordPress Security Solution

Software Security Tips

In this tutorial, we provide a number of software security tips to help tighten your WordPress security and overall web security.

Software Security TipsThis tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, we provide a number of software security tips to help tighten your WordPress security and overall web security.

Please also review our WordPress Security Guide For Beginners and our free WordPress Security Checklist.

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Software Security Tips

Below are some important tips and useful information to keep in mind regarding keeping your computer protected from malware attacks.

Don’t Run More Than One Security Program At The Same Time

Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance. Don’t run more than one antivirus program at the same time. You will cancel out the protection afforded by these programs.

Keep Your Antivirus Definitions Updated

For the most part, your antivirus software can only protect your computer from known threats.

New malware and new viruses (i.e. unknown threats) are continually being developed and regularly unleashed on online users by hackers and malicious users.

Much like scientists working on developing medical vaccines, when antivirus companies discover, are notified and/or get hold of new harmful scripts and viruses, they work on quickly developing a way to protect your computer from being infected by these newly detected threats, and release the new protection methods as updated “definitions”.

Some companies release new definitions for their software on a weekly basis. It’s really important, therefore, to keep your antivirus software definitions regularly updated. Fortunately, most software programs let you set your computer to receive automatic antivirus definition updates.

If you have your computer turned off for a long time, make sure that one of the first things you do when you go back online is to update your definitions.

Configure Your Antivirus Settings To Perform Regular Full System Scans

Just as we recommend keeping your antivirus definitions updated, it’s also a good idea to perform full system scans of your computer on a regular basis, including email scans. Once again, most security software programs let you set up automated scans.

Only Download Software Programs From Trusted Sites

Downloading files and software from unsecured and untrustworthy sites is one of the main ways computers get infected with malware. Sites can be very appealing, and entice users with “free” downloads, such as games, videos, screensavers, ringtones, cheats, money-making “secrets”, and even free WordPress plugins and themes.

If in doubt about the trustworthiness of a website, look for the following signs:

  • The site displays a secure connection in your browser address bar. Look for a secure connection (e.g. ‘https://’ insted of ‘http’) and a security symbol, like a padlock, etc. Secured sites should change from the http:// prefix to https:// or shttp:// when you are prompted to type in a user name and password. Note, however, that just because a site transmits data securely, it doesn’t mean it has a good reputation. See the other indicators below for additional signs to look for.
  • The site displays a trust certificate from a reliable organization (e.g. Better Business Bureau).
  • The site is the official website of a popular brand or name (e.g. eBay, Google, Amazon, etc).
  • Search for website reviews. Type in “name of site + review” (e.g. “xyz.com review”) into Google and go through some of the results to see what other users experiences with that site have been. Alternatively, type in “name of site + scam” (e.g. “xyz.com scam”) and see if anything comes back.
  • Look for suspicious activity. Be wary of sites that ask for personal information for no good reason. If you’re not buying anything, you don’t need to give any information away.
  • Links sent through email. Classic ‘phishing’ emails purport to come from well-known sites (e.g. ‘paypal.com’) but when links are hovered over with the mouse, they show a completely different domain name as the destination address. Unless you know and trust the sender, be wary of phishing scams and try to avoid clicking on website links in emails as much as possible.
  • Sales letters that seem to be too good to be true. You know the old saying, “if it seems to good to be true …”

Install A Security Toolbar

Many antivirus and antispyware programs offer the option of installing a toolbar on your browser with security features as an additional line of defense …

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Many security toolbars include features that block pop-ups, spam, and known phishing sites. Some can even detect potential consumer scams and warn you when you visit a suspicious site.

Can’t I Just Use A Firewall To Protect My Computer From Malware?

While we recommend using a firewall, the main purpose of a firewall is to stop other people from breaking into your system or computer network remotely. A firewall can’t stop malware from infecting your computer if you have allowed it to come in (e.g. by opening up a malicious attachment, or downloading infected files to your hard drive.

Why Not Just Use My ISP’s Antivirus?

Many Internet Service Providers (ISP) and free email providers offer some form of antivirus protection at the server level. While it’s great to have this added layer of protection, server-level antivirus programs can’t protect your computer from getting infected by malware downloaded from infected or malicious websites.

Create Separate User Accounts

It’s a good idea to create user accounts separate from the default administrator account, especially if you work from home, and other members of your family access your computer. By keeping admin and user accounts separate, you only need to log in as the administrator when changes to the computer are required. This minimizes the frequency of accessing the admin account, which limits opportunities or hacking.

You may also want to create an individual user account for each member of your family who uses the computer. This will allow each person to keep his or her information private.

Don’t Share Files With People You Don’t Know

Sharing files can allow a hacker to look at information stored on your computer or plant a virus to infect your computer. Learn about the risks of file sharing, and learn how to disable file sharing on your operating system to prevent these risks. If a file sharing program is installed on your computer, be sure that it does not run automatically when you boot up your computer.

Delete Unused Software Programs

Programs that you no longer use are usually not updated and may not have the security patches that could stop a hacker from accessing your computer. Back them up to an external drive and then delete/uninstall these programs from your machine.

Read The Software License Agreement

Before installing any downloaded software, review the End-User License Agreement (EULA). This is the legal contract between a software application author or publisher and the user of that application. Many free downloads come with spyware and other programs that you would not want installed on your computer. By reading the software agreement carefully, you will be able to find out if the software you are installing comes with any “hidden” extras.

Don’t Use Unlicensed Software

Pirated software is illegal, and sites that distribute illegal software are often loaded with malware. Unlicensed software can also be susceptible to viruses and incompatible with updates and patches designed to fix vulnerabilities in the software. Some unlicensed software copies may even come with viruses pre-installed.

Don’t Install Unknown Devices Into Your Computer

If you find a USB drive that does not belong to you, do not plug it into your computer, as it may be a trap for unsuspecting users to test their curiosity and could deliberately contain viruses. Treat it like any lost public property and hand it over to an authority or to the police.

What To Do If All Else Fails

If you suspect that malware is affecting your computer, stop any online activities that involve usernames, passwords, or other personal information immediately. Scan your computer with an antivirus software and delete anything that the program finds to be suspicious. If the problem is not resolved call for professional technical help from a computer security services company, repair shop, or your computer manufacturer.

If despite all of your efforts to keep your computer secure, you end up discovering that your computer has become badly infected, you may end up having no choice but to perform a complete reinstall of your computer operating system and restore your data from a previous backup. This is why it’s so important to have a computer backup system in place before disaster strikes.

To learn more about creating a computer backup system, see the tutorial below:

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Congratulations! Now you know how to protect your computer from malicious software and software-based security threats.

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  • Browser Security: Learn how to keep your internet browser secure and browse safely online.

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Software Security – How To Prevent Malware Attacks

In this tutorial, we look at ways to prevent malware attacks on your devices using Antispyware, Antivirus, and Firewall Software.

Software Security - Preventing Malware AttacksThis tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, we look at ways to prevent malware attacks on your devices using Antispyware, Antivirus, and Firewall Software.

Please also review our WordPress Security Guide For Beginners and our free WordPress Security Checklist.

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Software Security – Preventing Malware Attacks

If you plan to do anything online, then you must accept the fact that Malware is not going to go away, and that new forms of malware are simply going to keep surfacing on a regular basis.

The two main ways of dealing with malware are:

  1. Stay informed and up-to-date
  2. Secure your computer against viruses, spyware, and malware.

Staying Up-To-Date

If you are interested in staying up-to-date with the latest malware threats, you can visit threat update pages from reputable security companies like the ones listed below:

Securing Your Computer

Making sure that your computer is free of spyware, malware, and virus infections is vitally important to your online security. There’s no point securing your WordPress site if a keylogger is installed on your computer and can send your password and login details to hackers.

Antispyware / AntiVirus Protection

Anti-spyware programs combat spyware by providing real-time protection, scanning, and removal of any spyware software found on your computer. Antivirus software performs a similar function, but it looks instead for viruses, worms, and trojans, mostly sent to you via email.

Tip

Tip: Make sure that any antispyware programs you install on your computer are authentic. Unfortunately, some programs marketed as free spyware detectors will actually install spyware on your computer. It’s best to stick with antispyware software from reputable and trusted manufacturers.

Below are some of the most widely-used and trusted computer protection software programs available to help keep your computer free of malware, spyware, viruses, etc…

Some of the programs listed below are available as a standalone software package, and others are available as part of an integrated security solution. Many security companies offer free or trial versions of their products

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We recommend investing in a reliable commercial antispyware/antivirus program for maximum protection against malware and to prevent and eliminate spyware and viruses from infecting your computer system.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Windows has a free security program called Microsoft Security Essentials that works in the background to protect your PC. It checks for updates automatically a few times a day and doesn’t slow your PC down while it works …

Microsoft Security Essentials

The program is easy to use and allows you to see if your computer is secure from threats using a very simple system – if the icon next to your computer clock is green, everything’s good; if it’s red, then something is wrong and needs immediate attention …

Microsoft Security Essentials

Clicking on the icon will then open up an alert window notifying you of the problem, and giving you options to fix the issue or potential threat …

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is available as a free download …

Microsoft Security Essentials

To download this software program, visit the site below:

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware

Ad-Aware

Ad-Aware is one of the world’s most downloaded security software programs. It immediately detects malware before it harms your PC, scans your download files before they have a chance to inflict damage, and automatically protects your computer from the latest threats and the newest malware being distributed through bad URLs and malicious websites.

Ad-Aware is available in different versions (see below).

To learn more about the Ad-Aware software products, visit the sites below:

Spybot Search & Destroy

Spybot Search & Destroy

Spybot Search & Destroy is a free and constantly updated antispyware utility that targets adware, malicious code and other threats. Spybot isn’t a replacement for a full antivirus program, but it can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer and remove some other threats.

You can use the adware and malware scanner to regularly check your system. Spybot has been around for years, and so offers users plenty of resources like tutorials, FAQs, how-tos, forums, etc.

To learn more about the Spybot software product, visit the site below:

Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more. There is also a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO version that provides constant protection and helps to automatically prevent malware from reinfecting your PC.

To learn more about Malwarebytes, visit the site below:

Avast

Avast

Avast is one of the most downloaded and highly recommended Antivirus programs available. It’s a complete security tool that protects you from all threats – Internet, email, local files, peer-to-peer (P2P) connections, instant messages, and more. Avast also has a “heuristics engine” that can detect previously unknown viruses and other malware.

To learn more about Avast security software, visit the site below:

Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is one of the fastest growing security companies in the world and has a mission to provide the world’s most effective, responsive and efficient protection against cyber-threats for all online users. Free virus scans and free trials of security products are available from the Kaspersky site

To learn more about Kaspersky security products, visit the site below:

BitDefender

Bitdefender

Bitdefender provides a range of security software solutions that are easy to set up and configure. The Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition program uses very little system resources, so it won’t slow down your computer. It also provides constant virus protection (also called on-access or resident protection) for free, which makes it a viable alternative to paid solutions from companies that charge for their software and for yearly access to updates (e.g. McAfee, Norton, etc…).

To learn more about Bitdefender security products, visit the site below:

Norton By Symantec

Norton Security Products

Symantec’s Norton range of software products provides comprehensive security protection for computers (and mobile devices). Norton products are available as standalone packages or as a ‘one-in-all’ security solution. For example, Norton 360 is easy to install and provides complete computer security by integrating antispyware, antivirus, and firewall protection …

Norton 360

To learn more about Symantec’s range of security products, visit the site below:

AVG Antivirus

AVG Antivirus

AntiVirus Free from AVG provides a comprehensive antivirus and antispyware solution that also includes an email scanner, link scanner, scheduled scanning options, automatic updates, and more.

AVG is considered by many to be one of the best free antivirus programs available today. It is a set-and-forget software program that is frequently updated and includes many premium features.

To learn more about the AVG security software, visit the site below:

McAfee

McAfee

McAfee provides comprehensive protection for home and office computers, and cost-effective security solutions for businesses.

To learn more about McAfee security products, visit the site below:

Trend Micro

TrendMicro

Trend Micro Antivirus software provides protection against malware attacks and offers accurate phishing and spam protection, plus and a firewall booster that can block exploit attacks.

To learn more about Trend Micro, visit the site below:

Important

If you are interested in comparing how different antivirus software programs perform, the AV-TEST Institute is a leading international and independent service provider in the fields of IT security and anti-virus research. They independently examine free and paid antivirus programs and rank them for protection, repair, and usability. …

AV-Test Institute

As antivirus programs are regularly updated, AV-TEST updates the latest test results every few months.

To view detailed test reports for antivirus programs, visit the AV-TEST site below:

Firewall Protection

Firewalls are an important part of your overall online security strategy. A Firewall analyzes traffic data (known as ‘packets’) before it is allowed into your computer and makes sure that it is not malware.

A firewall is like a security guard standing outside a busy nightclub. Its main job is to check everyone coming in while also keeping any undesirables out.

To learn more about using firewalls, see the relevant section in the tutorial below:

Below we have listed a number of software-based firewall programs you may want to look into for protecting your computer from external attacks. Most simple two-way firewalls ask you to allow or deny Internet access to unknown programs. Many automatically allow trustworthy apps and remember your decisions to become silent over time.

Windows Firewall

Microsoft Windows comes with a built-in firewall program. We recommend choosing an alternative firewall solution, however, as these tend to offer easier control of outbound protection and additional features.

Tip

If you plan to install a third-party firewall solution, make sure to disable the Microsoft Firewall first, as having two firewalls running simultaneously will create problems.

To do this, click on the ‘Start’ button (the Windows icon located on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen) …

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Choose ‘Control Panel’ …

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Click on ‘System and Security’ …

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Click on ‘Windows Firewall’ (or ‘Check firewall status’) …

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From the menu, select ‘Turn Windows Firewall on or off’ …

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Here you can turn Windows Firewall on, or off (not recommended unless you are installing a third-party firewall program) …

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Note: Some security programs will override your system’s default settings to prevent conflicts from happening. Depending on the security product you have installed, you should see a notification that your security settings are being managed or overridden by the program you have installed …

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Norton By Symantec

Norton Security Products

We covered the Norton security products earlier. As well as antivirus protection, Norton products also provide a Firewall program.

To learn more about Symantec’s range of security products, visit the site below:

Comodo

Comodo

Comodo is a robust firewall software solution that consistently scores highly in security tests and security expert reviews.

Comodo includes a “memory firewall” (protects against buffer overflow attacks) and a “sandbox” component that limits unknown applications and new software installations from affecting your computer. If an unknown application attempts to enter your computer via the firewall, Comodo will deny the application and ask you what to do. Comodo’s firewall software application for Windows is available as a free download.

To learn more about Comodo Firewall, visit the site below:

ZoneAlarm

ZoneAlarm

ZoneAlarm is a simple and user-friendly firewall application. ZoneAlarm is currently installed on over 80 million computers and offers advanced firewall protection that monitors programs for suspicious behavior spotting and stopping new attacks that bypass traditional anti-virus protection.

ZoneAlarm offers a free download of the software with certain conditions (e.g. individual and not-for-profit use).

To learn more about ZoneAlarm, visit the site below:

PrivateFirewall

PrivateFirewall

Private Firewall is a feature-packed firewall solution made available as unrestricted freeware. It provides a multi-layer security solution that includes behavior blocking technology, standard firewall protection, virus, spyware, and malware protection, process and application security, registry protection and more.

Additionally, there are many configurable settings, allowing you to set different security levels for Internet access and computer network security (ie. file and printer sharing) and configure different profiles (e.g. Home, Office, and Remote). Private Firewall is a very effective firewall program, but it is aimed primarily at slightly more advanced users.

To learn more about PrivateFirewall, visit the site below:

Important

In addition to the products listed above, we recommend that you search online for user and technology reviews and do your own thorough research and due diligence before investing in a security software program.

Tip

As well as enabling firewalls on your computer and other devices in your network, you can also add a firewall to your WordPress site, using plugins.

You can search for WordPress Firewall plugins inside your WordPress dashboard (Plugins > Add New), or the WordPress Free Plugin Directory …

WordPress Plugin Search - Firewall

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Search the WordPress Free Plugin Repository for firewall plugins below:

Next Step:

Now that we’ve looked at ways to prevent malware attacks on your devices, the next step is to review useful software security tips.

To review more software security tips, see the tutorial below:

See Also …

References

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