CodeGuard Launches Patented Malware Monitoring and Remediation Service: MalwareGone™

ATLANTA, GA. (August 18, 2016) – CodeGuard, Inc. (http://www.codeguard.com), the global leader in cloud website backup services announced today the release of patented technology which utilizes website backups for automated site remediation in the event of malware.

Coupled with CodeGuard’s ChangeAlert™ monitoring, which provides insight into new zero-day attacks, MalwareGone™ has the potential to transform website protection. Until now, companies have struggled in fixing sites infected with malware, with many relying on humans to provide fixes, while others with clunky automated technology end up causing more damage to sites than help.

“MalwareGone™ has been a long time coming – we have been waiting for years to release this product”, says David Moeller, CEO of CodeGuard. “The reason there isn’t a product like this on the market is that its foundation is our patented backup technology, which obviously no one else possesses.”

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This isn’t your average malware cleanup tool. Instead of relying on just signatures, MalwareGone™ utilizes actionable intelligence from ChangeAlerts™ and examines the collected information. This approach allows the scanner to discover which files act and look like malware.

It’s designed to discover viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and other malware on any websites. It searches for early-life and next-generation malware; the kind of malware that doesn’t yet have a detection signature.

MalwareGone™ removes persistent threats from within the operating system by utilizing prior backups stored in CodeGuard’s cloud. This ensures that remediation happens as quickly, efficiently, and accurately as possible – no more destroyed websites from a “fixing” service.

CodeGuard uses a virtual version control system and stores site data in the cloud. Backups are stored as the differential between each daily scan of the site, providing visibility for users into what has changed along with the ability to undo any changes. Restoring a previous version is as easy as pressing a button.

For additional information regarding this new product, you visit http://www.codeguard.com/pages/malware

CodeGuard Website Backup and Web.com Group Announce New Partnership

ATLANTA, GA. (August 8, 2016) – CodeGuard, Inc. (www.codeguard.com), the global leader in cloud website backup services announced today a partnership with Web.com (NASDAQ: WEB) who will now offer CodeGuard’s suite of website backup services to customers who sign up for their hosting plans.

Hosting customers will be offered options for bundled packages of CodeGuard’s backup services – which include daily website monitoring for changes with ChangeAlert™ email notifications, differential backup to the cloud, 1-click restore, automated plugin updates for WordPress, and newly released malware monitoring and remediation.

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Backing up Databases Just Got Easier

For websites using a content management system (CMS), backing up the database is crucial. In fact, database content such as posts, comments, and users is often more important to website owners than the file content (e.g. themes and plugins). That’s why CodeGuard now automatically detects and adds databases for websites built with WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.

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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server support in CodeGuard

As some of our customers may have already noticed, we at CodeGuard have been hard at work adding a new product line – Microsoft SQL Server Database backups. Today, we wanted to share some of the technical aspects around the creation of this new functionality.

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Until recently, we have only provided MySQL database backups. Like many other cloud-based companies, much of the work we do is performed on the Linux operating system. While that works well for many of the systems we back up, including SFTP, FTP, MySQL, and WordPress, currently, it is better to backup Microsoft SQL Server using a Windows-based solution. Fortunately, these servers, like other parts of our infrastructure, run in Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, where we can create and remove new Windows Servers in only a few minutes. With some custom code written to execute the backups on this group of servers, we are able to provide the same type of daily backups to our Microsoft SQL Server clients that we do to clients running MySQL.

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Easy Upgrade From The Free Plan

When we launched our free plan recently, we weren’t sure whether customers would routinely want to upgrade from the free offering to a paid subscription. Of course, we hoped that would be the case but, in the absence of concrete data, we always try to keep new functionality as simple as possible. Our MVP was a plain signup form to create the account and page with a message asking customers to delete their account and sign up again for a paid plan if they took an action that initiated an upgrade.

 

We knew going in that this would not be an ideal experience for customers that wanted to upgrade and over the course of a few weeks, we heard from a handful exactly how dissatisfied they were with the process. With a few strong data points, we were able to make the decision to prioritize this work and deliver a new, easy upgrade process for those customers that want to benefit from our paid features. The entire process has just three steps.

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Realtime Syncing with AWS Lambda

In one of our recent blog posts, we talked about the improvements we have made to integrate our WordPress plugin with our main CodeGuard dashboard. One of the issues we faced when working on this integration was making sure WordPress plugin data are synced with the dashboard quickly so users see changes in close to real time.

We’ve talked about how the CodeGuard WordPress plugin works in the past, but just to give you a short refresher: The plugin first scans the WordPress root directory for files. It splits this content between several small zip files that are then transmitted and safely stored in an Amazon S3 storage account managed by CodeGuard. Combined, these zip files make up a single backup. We also upload log files that can be used to determine which steps in the backup succeeded and which steps failed, as well as an integrity check that we use to verify all of the zip files are present in S3. In order to make details about the backup accessible in our main CodeGuard dashboard, we needed a way to analyze the information stored in S3 and record statistics in our Rails app database that we could then display to users.

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