We recently had someone contact us who was looking for a service that would protect their website from being hacked and clean up the website if it did get hacked. There is what seems to be us to be an obvious issue with that, which is that cleaning up hacks wouldn’t be necessary if the website was being successfully protected from being hacked. It also seems like a bad idea to expect that if a company is providing a service where half of it doesn’t work that the other half will actually work well. When it comes to services that offer both of those things, our experience is that their providers usually are not just bad at both, but don’t even attempt to do the work that would be needed to do them properly.
As a case in point, we were contacted by someone last week that was using Sucuri’s service that provides both of those. The service failed to protect the website from getting infected with malware. Sucuri’s first clean up failed to stop it from getting infected again (or didn’t fully clean it up), which is not all surprising based on lots of previous instances we have been brought in to re-clean things after they failed to even attempt to do things properly.
After the second cleanup the website was broken. Once Sucuri fixed that issue, it was broken in another way, at which point the owner of the website contacted us.
There really isn’t any reason that anyone should be relying on Sucuri at this point (which was equally true years ago as well). They have shown they lack an even basic understanding of security and their own marketing material indicates they are not focused on providing effective protection. They fail to properly deal with hacked websites with even the most serious hacking issues or high profile websites (we were recently hired to re-clean a hacked website they failed to clean, for which the hack was being investigated by the FBI).
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