Below is my full Sucuri Review, which will include a personal story about how I signed up for Sucuri and why you should be signed up too.
I recently had someone message me on Skype and let me know that they were getting a warning message from their browser when trying to visit one of my blogs. The warning was a “malware” warning and would let visitors know that my website had a malware problem and would let them know that it may not be safe and give them a button to go back or take the risk and visit the website. Of course most people would rather not take that risk, and I was defeintely losing a majority of my traffic because of the warning.
Wikipedia’s definition of Malware is “short for malicious software, is software used or created to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.” Clearing not something you want on your website or on any website you visit.
I had no clue how to get rid of it, as I wasn’t able to login to the wordpress backend, so I called out for some help and got recommended to Sucuri.net.
When I landed on the homepage the first thing I saw was “Get rid of website malware” so I was pretty happy that I had gotten a website that would somehow help get rid of the Malware, but my guess was that it was either going to take a long time or cost a lot of money. Thankfully neither of those were true.
After looking into it further I found out that Sucuri not only removes malware on infected websites, but also monitors your websites and alerts you if you ever happen to get hacked. This is perfect for me, as I’ve already been hacked 3 times in 4 years running websites – and it isn’t something that is fun to deal with.
I own a bunch of websites, but decided to monitor my top 5 websites with the “Power” plan that covered up to 5 websites. The cost was only $189 for the year for 5 websites, which works out to a little over $3 per website monthly. If you are making any bit of money with your websites you should be happy to dish that out to protect them.
After signing up I submitted my sites and it alerted me that I did in fact have a Malware on my blog, and they had me submit a Malware Removal Request. I gave them my details and was expecting it to take maybe a week or so to get it sorted out.
Just a few hours later I had an email from one of their support members letting me know that the Malware was gone, and my site was back to normal. They also gave me 5 tips that would help prevent future attacks on the website. I was extremely impressed in the speed it took them to fix my blog.
Why You Should Sign Up
I am going to actively recommend Sucuri to other for a few different reasons.
First of all I know that many people are like me and can’t monitor their website(s) daily. Sometimes I even go a few months without checking up on a website or even checkin analytics to make sure I’m getting my normal traffic to the site. The site that was infected could have had that malware for a couple months without me knowing, and I could have been losing out on a lot of traffic and some revenue. If it weren’t for a friend who tried to visit the website and let me know I may have not seen the warning for a while. Sucuri checks your websites a few times per day (you pick in the settings) and it will send you an alert if your website has any issues – allowing you to get them to fix it right away.
And to add to that – if your website is infected for even a few days not only will you lose out on all of those visitors during that period, but you may also have the search engines visit your site, notice it is infected, and take you out of their search engines and have you lose all of your rankings. I rely mainly on search engine visitors, so that would be a huge hit on any of my websites – and I’m sure the same can be said for you.
Secondly I was willing to pay $100 to someone with a background in removing malware to fix my blog the afternoon I found out it had been hacked. The cost of a yearly membership for 5 websites at Sucuri is $189, or $3 per site/month. That is not only to remove malware, but also to protect you and alert you when a site becomes infected. This is an extremely good price for the service and if your website is making even a few hundred dollars per year it is something you will want to have.
Lastly it is extremely easy to use. I have no technical skills when it comes to websites, and none are needed when dealing with Sucuri. When submitting your website all you need is to give them your URL and your FTP access information and they do the rest. The sign up process was easy, and their backend is extremely easy to use and find what you’re looking for.
Overall it is a great service for all webmasters and I highly recommend you sign up and protect your websites.