Your Small Business’s Cybersecurity Guide to the Most Common Cyberthreats

Research reveals that 68% of small- to medium-sized businesses have no policy to ensure cybersecurity, perhaps due to a belief that they don’t have anything worth stealing. However, the truth is that businesses of all sizes hold valuable data in their hands, and cybercriminals work to create new sophisticated attack methods to acquire this information.

An unfortunate reality for SMBs is that 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses. Because many small business owners are often busy and strapped for time, cybersecurity might not be a top priority. In order to protect your business, customers, and data, it’s essential you’re aware of the ever-evolving methods cybercriminals use to target SMBs and their customers.

To help you get started, we break down the most common attacks into a simple cybersecurity guide for your business. We’ll examine the techniques cybercriminals deploy to target businesses and their customers. Additionally, we’ll outline some of the most common cybersecurity threats and offer steps you can take today to protect your website from cyberattacks in the future.

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Coronavirus: A guide to securing your remote workforce

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have seen recommendations of social distancing, nationwide closures of schools and local businesses, and even national lockdowns of entire cities in the headlines. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we are likely to see further precautions taken to prevent spreading the virus, including major lifestyle and behavior changes. As part of this effort, we are likely to see more and more organizations transition to remote working environments in order to ensure the health and safety of their employees. However, this poses a larger question. What does this mean for the online security of those businesses?

Larger corporations, such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google, all have the proper resources and security infrastructure in place to protect their valuable online assets and communications, but what about small to medium-sized businesses?

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5 Ways to Protect Your Website From SEO Spam Attacks

As a small business, your website is a critical component of your success — in fact, it’s hard to be in business at all without a website these days. SEO is vital to ensuring your website gains the most visibility from as many potential customers as possible. Small businesses spend an average of $497 per month on SEO services to improve search rankings, keyword selection, and number of backlinks. However, an increased focus on SEO among small businesses has led to a popular type of cyberattack with the potential to destroy your search rankings.

Negative SEO attacks (also called SEO spam attacks) accounted for more than half of all cyberattacks in 2018 and have become increasingly common. This number was also up 7.3% from the previous year. These attacks sink website search rankings by deluging sites with countless files containing malicious keywords and backlinks. Search rankings can make or break a small business, so understanding how to strengthen SEO security and prevent these types of attacks is a must.

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SiteLock Wins BIG in Info Security Products Guide 2020 Global Excellence Awards!

We’re excited to announce that SiteLock earned Gold and multiple Silver distinctions in the Info Security Products Guide 2020 Global Excellence Awards!

SiteLock® INFINITY took home Gold in the Security Monitoring category, further reinforcing its reputation and performance as an industry-leading malware and vulnerability detection and remediation solution. INFINITY is the only cloud-based solution on the market that offers continuous scanning, automatic malware removal, complete CMS core security patching, and database protection for WordPress, Joomla! and any other web platform using a MySQL database. Recognized as an industry-first, INFINITY offers unrivaled accuracy and frequency, delivering the highest level of protection against security threats and vulnerabilities. Designed to scan a website from all angles to provide complete coverage of the website and database, INFINITY catches any trace of malware before damage is done.

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Website Backup: The Added Security Layer All Businesses Need

As a website owner, data loss can cause serious issues for your business. You can defend your site from the top cybercriminals, have the best hosting platform, and secure your platform with a strong password, but none of this is relevant if you aren’t performing website backups on a consistent basis. 

It’s essential that businesses of all sizes back up their websites. You rely on your website to promote your brand, attract clients, and perhaps even generate revenue via ecommerce capabilities. If you don’t back up your site, you risk losing thousands of hours of your website content in a single moment. How do you put a price tag on irrecoverable data loss? You can’t!

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SiteLock INFINITY Wins Gold for the Third Year in a Row in the 2020 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards!

Company Also Earns Bronze for Most Innovative Most Innovative Cybersecurity Company.

We’re excited to announce SiteLock received Gold and Bronze recognition in the 2020 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards for Best Website Security and Most Innovative Cybersecurity Company! The 2020 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards recognize companies, products, and professionals that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and leadership in information security.

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SiteLock Launches New Website Backup Solution

We are excited to announce the launch of SiteLock Website Backup, our newest solution that provides businesses the ability to backup all their website’s files and the database with a single click, ensuring an easy recovery when needed. SiteLock customers now have access to a comprehensive suite of cybersecurity solutions including website scanning, web application firewall (WAF), DDoS protection, malware repair, vulnerability patching, and now backup and recovery – all from the convenience of one trusted security provider.

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Why a Secure Database Means Stronger Customer Relationships

Most small businesses use a content management system to build their site. These systems are easy to use and offer the capability to add external features and functionality, which allows businesses to design a fully functioning website without a single line of code. CMS applications can reduce the overhead cost of staffing a developer to build and maintain a small business’s website. However, neglecting to understand your website’s internal components — such as its database — could cost you more over time. It’s important to understand the critical role a website database plays in your business’s success and how it could potentially impact your customer relationships.

So, how could your website’s database impact your customers? Essentially, your database is a treasure chest full of your customers’ most valuable information. This data stems from the actions customers take on your website, such as making purchases with a credit card or filling out contact forms that ask for phone numbers and email addresses. All of the information entered into your website lives in that database. As a trusted business, your customers count on you to keep their data secure.

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Assess Your Database Security With This 4-Step Checklist

With content management systems like WordPress powering a large portion of the websites online, it’s even easier for first-time website owners to build a sleek, professional site for their online business. Dynamic CMS sites are often powered by a database, which is a critical component to secure. This is where your customers’ information is stored. Any time a site visitor clicks an image, fills out a contact form, or makes a purchase on your website, that information is stored in the database.

As a digital storage room full of important customer information, a database is invaluable to your online business. It drives conversions and is the backbone of how you deliver meaningful content that keeps your visitors coming back — but it’s also valuable to cybercriminals. That’s why your small business should make database security a top priority in 2020.

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Plugin Vulnerabilities: WordPress Fashion Blogger Hit by Zero-Day Exploit

The desks were filled in the SiteLock Security and Research departments. Our security analysts were furiously working to manually clean malware from a number of WordPress sites. As each site was cleaned a trend began to emerge. Sites built with WordPress were experiencing a malicious redirect that originated in the Yuzo Related Posts plugin due to a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability. Our security analysts recognized they were cleaning the same malware strain found in the Yuzo zero-day exploit.

Lydia Swanson, fashion blogger and owner of ChicandModish.com was just one of many website owners experiencing this issue. In Swanson’s case, the attack not only impacted revenue but also put the future of her brand at risk.

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