Since 1984, the word “virus” was used to describe what we now call malware. Malware is short for malicious software and collectively refers to things such as viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and rootkits. Recently we’re seeing new terms for certain types of malware such as Advanced Persistent Threats and advanced malware.
The essence of malware is to wreak havoc on computer systems, people and businesses often for ill-gotten gains. In the context of website security, malware can be injected into web pages and subsequently impact users who load the page leading to widespread infections. Web malware can also infect web servers, application servers or database systems that creates problems for websites and applications.
The most important thing to understand about web malware is that prevention is key. You’ll never have 100 percent protection but with the proper awareness of the threat and proper usage of tools that find vulnerabilities and help prevent web malware from executing, you can minimize your risk.