malware

Why Do I Need Website Security?

A website attack can be a heartbreaking experience. Your site may be vandalized and your hard work could be destroyed. You may even lose visitors or revenue —and it’s more likely to happen than you might think, as websites receive up to 50 attacks per day on average.

Cybercrime is a big business and cybercriminals are actively looking to cash in, no matter the website’s size or purpose. Cyberattacks are usually caused by malware, which is software created for malicious purposes. Malware can:

  • Slow or crash your website
  • Steal data or traffic
  • Steal sensitive customer information, such as credit card info or phone numbers
  • Cause your website to be removed from search engine results

Malware isn’t just damaging to your website – it can also be excessively expensive. Website downtime costs an average of $427 per minute, and that can quickly add up to a devastating amount for small businesses and bloggers.

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Three Common Cybersecurity Threats Small Businesses Should Be Worried About

As a small business, you’re likely concerned with drawing traffic and visitors to your site – but you may be attracting the wrong kind of attention. Cybercriminals are constantly targeting websites, and yours may be one of them. No matter how small your business is, you’re not too small to be hacked. In fact, 50% of small businesses in the US have been breached. Big or small, the average site is attacked 50 times per day, and improper security measures can increase your risk.

The evolving world of cybercrime can be complicated, and at the end of the day, you just want what’s best for your business. While you don’t need to be a cybersecurity expert to successfully protect your business, it’s beneficial to understand the ways cybercriminals seek to threaten your livelihood. You can start by learning about the three common cybersecurity threats that all small business owners should be prepared for: malware, vulnerabilities, and DDoS attacks.

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Decoding Bytes: Whose Job is Website Security?

It’s no secret that websites face a barrage of attacks daily, up to 50 on average. But whose job is it to secure websites against those daily threats? Recent SiteLock survey data shows that nearly half (45%) of website owners believe that their web host is responsible for keeping their website secure. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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WordPress Addresses File Deletion Vulnerability in New Version

Last week WordPress released version 4.9.7, a maintenance and security update. This update addresses a recently discovered security vulnerability, as well as 17 additional bug fixes. WordPress disclosed that versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a security vulnerability that  to delete files outside of the /wp-content/uploads directory. This could potentially allow users created by malware to delete files necessary to the core functionality of WordPress.

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Choosing an SSL Certificate for Your Website

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever before to get an SSL certificate for your site. Virtually all managed hosts offer it right from the dashboard, some even providing a free SSL certificate, so check with your host before looking into third-party certificates. If they don’t offer a free one, they may still sell and offer configuration of third party SSL certificates. But as with most other things, the price and complexity of configuration depends on your specific use case. In this article we take a look at the types of SSL certificates that are out there, so you can decide what is right for you.

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Decoding Security 123: What Are You Wearing?!

Hot on the heels of the major cyberattack on Ticketfly comes the news of a breach affecting Ticketmaster UK. Impacting customers who purchased concert tickets in the UK, it was reported that malware was found in the website’s third party customer chat client. The malware flew under the radar for months, accessing credit card and personal information of 40,000 victims between September 2017 and June 2018. Stealthy malware is just one of many topics featured in Q1 2018 edition of the SiteLock Website Security Insider – our hosts cover some of the highlights of the report.

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Demystifying SSL and HTTPS: Why You Need This Simple Security Feature on Your Site

Recently, ServerPress released a huge update to their DesktopServer local development environment software: Native support for SSL and PHP7. Next week, look for an interview with ServerPress partner Marc Benzakein on these features and the journey of building this highly anticipated release.

Now, let’s take a closer look at SSL and HTTPS to understand why this was such an important feature to support, and why you should have HTTPS enabled on your website no matter your CMS or business case.

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Joomla! Releases 3.8.9 Including Security Updates

The newest version of Joomla!, version 3.8.9, was released on June 26, 2018. This version addresses two minor security vulnerabilities and several other bugs which caused errors in the application’s core.

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How To Protect Your Website From Cyberattacks With SiteLock SMART [Video]

Did you know websites experience around 50 attacks per day on average? Not to mention, 18.5 million websites on the internet are potentially infected with malware at any given moment. Whether you run a personal website, a blog, or a small business, cybersecurity may not be high on your priority list due to limited time and budget. With all that being said, it’s important to protect your website from malware attacks, and the good news is—it can be easy and affordable.

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Decoding Security 122: Shut The Front Door

We continue to hear about cyberattacks and data breaches around the world. Last week, the European retailer, Dixons Carphone, admitted to a huge data breach involving 5.9 million credit cards and 1.2 million personal data records. Meanwhile in the United States, net neutrality has officially been repealed. The rules that required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content are no longer in effect as of June 11, 2018.

 

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