what is an ssl certificate

What Is an SSL Certificate?

Websites can transmit a lot of sensitive information during a typical browsing session. Consider what you share online every day: your email address, mailing address, phone number, credit card info, even your login credentials. That’s a substantial amount of information you don’t want falling into the wrong hands! The secret to keeping your and your visitors’  info safe lies in SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates. Learn what SSL certificates are, which websites need one, and what else you need to do to protect yourself and your visitors. 

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WordCamp Montreal 2018: 10 Years of WordPress

This year marked the 10th anniversary for WordCamp Montreal, held at the John Molson School of Business, in the heart of the city. SiteLock participated as a Gold sponsor and our own Jamie Schmid was selected to speak about how using staging sites in WordPress can make your web development projects a lot easier.

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3 Ways to Create a WordPress Staging Website

Test Plugin and Theme Updates Without Breaking Your Live Site!

Here at SiteLock, we often tell site owners about how keeping your site updated is one of the most basic security practices you can and should adopt. Earlier this year we talked about using a staging site for WordPress updates, and how it can help ensure your site updates don’t break your live site. In today’s post, we’re going to cover a few ways to create a staging site so you can make those changes without the terror that comes with pushing the update button and possibly breaking Live!

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Decoding Security 126: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…Bots

Making headlines last week, over 170,000 carrier-grade routers belonging to internet service providers were compromised. This caused websites being accessed through these routers to be injected with cryptomining malware. In other news, social media site Reddit suffered a data breach in June due to a circumented 2-factor authentication, allowing cybercriminals to access user data like email addresses, usernames, and passwords.

 

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WordCamp Denver 2018: WordPress is People!

“WordPress is People.”

That was the underlying theme of this year’s WordCamp Denver, but it’s also the theme of the WordPress community in general. Many of us who consider this amazing community “family” (myself included!) have our own stories of the odd, unexpected, serendipitous journey that led us here.

WCDenver 2018 coffee speaker's gift

The speakers gift coffee label made me laaaauuugh!

Many of us worked for years with WordPress, isolated on our own proverbial island, before we even discovered the WordPress community exists! But whether it was finding an answer in the .org forums, reading a helpful tutorial posted by someone who’s been there done that, or just referenced the Codex to learn the inner workings of a theme function: we’ve all benefited from community contributions in some way. And that experience is what drives many of us to give back to the community ourselves.

There were so many thoughtful and personal touches that went into this year’s camp, it was obvious the organizers and volunteers have a deep connection and love for the community.

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Decoding Bytes Episode 4: Facing the Consequences

On our last installment of Decoding Bytes, our experts explained what it means when your hosting provider suspends your website. Did you know that a suspended website is not the only consequence of having an insecure website? In fact, in Q1 2018, 37% of website owners who had a cyberattack on their website reported that the attack damaged their profitability.

In this week’s series finale of Decoding Bytes, our hosts Ryan Austin and Jessica Ortega discuss the potential fallout from a successful cyberattack. These consequences can range from being removed from search engine listings to defaced websites, and damaged customer trust. They’ll also give you some tips for securing your website and avoiding these consequences.  There are solutions available for websites of all shapes and sizes including malware scanners and web application firewalls.

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Decoding Security 125: Hack The Planet

Decoding Security’s most recent episode, Cryptocurrency 101, brought insight into the elusive digital trend of cryptocurrency. Well, it is once again making headlines. Earlier this month, a 20-year old California college student was arrested for stealing over $5M in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by hijacking more than 40 cell phone numbers. Also making cybersecurity news, inmates from five different Idaho Department of Correction facilities hacked tablets given to them for email, music, and games. By exploiting a vulnerability in the tablet’s software, they collected nearly $225,000 worth of credits to purchase various games and eBooks.

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Decoding Bytes Episode 3: Why Is My Website Down?

In previous episodes of Decoding Bytes, our experts answered the questions “Whose job is website security?” and “What does my hosting provider do for me?” But what happens when your website is suspended? How do you get it back online?

Join our hosts Jessica Ortega and Ryan Austin as they discuss what happens when your hosting provider takes your website offline. While this is one example of the consequences of a malware infection, it’s not a punishment. Learn how suspending an infected website actually protects the site and its visitors from further damage.

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SiteLock Website Security

Identifying Common Types of Cyberattacks

Is your website behaving strangely? Have you noticed it’s taking a long time to load, or that there are new pages, lines of code, or files on your site you didn’t create? Or perhaps you’ve seen a drastic decrease in site traffic, or you suddenly can’t log in as an admin? These are just a few visible signs that your site might be experiencing a cyberattack.

Of course, just because you’re not experiencing any of these symptoms doesn’t mean your website is secure. In fact, it’s possible for attacks and infections on your website to go undetected for years. To help ensure your site isn’t a target for cyberattacks, you need to know what you’re dealing with. In this blog, we’ll discuss what cyberattacks are, the most common types of attacks your website is likely to face, and most importantly, how you can prevent them.

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Cybersecurity Tips

69 Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Small Business from Cyberattacks

Most small businesses typically don’t have the proper security measures in place because they don’t know they’re at risk of cyberthreats, or they don’t know how to protect themselves. This leaves a company’s network, emails, computers, and mobile devices at risk of compromise—especially its website.

We’ve rounded up 69 easy and effective cybersecurity tips to help protect your small business from disruptive cyberattacks.  We’ve organized these tips by category to make them more easily digestible.

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