A Cybersecurity Checklist for the Modern Small Business [Top 8 Tips]

Security is one of the most important aspects of any website. This is especially true today considering the fact that cybercrime continues to be a serious threat for businesses and users. The FBI states that “Cyber intrusions are becoming more commonplace, more dangerous, and more sophisticated.” In fact, websites experience a staggering 62 attacks per day, according to SiteLock research. Now more than ever, small businesses need a cybersecurity checklist when building and maintaining their websites.

When cybercrime happens to your company website, you can lose money, credibility, and customers. Left unchecked, your website could be taken offline completely if the right hacker gets into it. With that in mind, let’s cover what you need on your cybersecurity checklist to protect yourself, your customers, and your company overall.

1. Set Your Site Up for Success with a Web Application Firewall (WAF)

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SiteLock INFINITY Wins Fortress Cyber Security Awards Two Years in a Row!

We’re excited to announce that SiteLock® INFINITY™ has won the Threat Detection category for a Product or Service in the inaugural Fortress Cyber Security Awards presented by Business Intelligence Group. This is the second year in a row INFINITY has been recognized as a winner in this category.

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Chatbot Security Risks: What you need to know before starting an online chat

What is a chatbot? Put in simple words, a chatbot is a software solution that uses machine learning to have a conversation (or chat as it is called) with another user online. You’ve likely seen these when you visit a website for a bank, or credit card company, a car sales website, or even a software business.

A few seconds after you land on the page, or sometimes upon arrival, a pop-up will appear that says something like “Hi, how can I help you?” or “Is there something you’re looking for?” If you answer the prompt, your chat with the bot will begin. Based on your responses additional prompts may be provided, or you might be redirected to a live representative for more help.

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Don’t Get Suckered Into the Optimism Bias When It Comes to Website Security

If we concentrate hard enough, most of us can leave our personal biases out of our critical thinking. However, we’re not always consciously aware of the most persistent bias of them all: optimism. The optimism bias is the unfounded belief that we’re more likely to experience positive results than negative ones, even when tangible evidence suggests otherwise.

How does this relate to website cybersecurity?

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Tips to Stop Cybersecurity Threats for Small Businesses

It’s no secret that small to midsize businesses usually have similarly small budgets. As a result, expenses that don’t outwardly contribute to sales growth — like cybersecurity — often fall by the wayside. But small business cyberattack examples abound, defying the misconception that SMBs are safe from cyberthreats.

Misconceptions About Cybersecurity Threats for Small Businesses

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How to Prevent Malware as a Small Business

What is malware? It’s a rather simple question, but to answer it, we have to go back in time.

The first real instance of malware occurred in the early 1970s — when BBN Technologies engineer Bob Thomas wrote the code behind the so-called “Creeper worm.” The worm was the first self-replicating computer program, and it quickly spread through the ARPANET, annoying users with the pop-up message: “I’m the creeper: Catch me if you can.” Over time, engineers took the Creeper worm’s principles further, leading to the creation of the first viruses.

A decade after the Creeper worm, computer scientist Fred Cohen defined a virus as “a program that can infect other programs by modifying them to include a, possibly evolved, version of itself.” The definition remains accurate today, but now, it applies to an array of programs that have been created for nefarious purposes.

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How to Protect Your Website From DDoS

Since the arrival of the new millennium, cybercriminals have used distributed denial of service attacks to shut down some of the world’s biggest websites. You may have heard the acronym DDoS before, but what is a DDoS attack? And how can one impact your website?

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Currently Tracking: WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities Causing Malicious Redirects

SiteLock research and remediation teams have become aware of several vulnerable WordPress plugins that are affecting our customers. The symptoms most commonly associated with these vulnerabilities are malicious redirects. Essentially, visitors are being sent to another website than the one they are attempting to access. We are still gathering information on these vulnerabilities, and how they are being used. As soon as we have completed our review, we will release more information.

The affected WordPress plugins are:

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Consequences of Website Malware for Small Businesses

Did you know websites experience almost 60 attacks per day? Small businesses are often at the greatest risk. Without an allocated budget for protection and recovery, 60% of small to midsize businesses end up closing their doors within six months of a cyberattack. Small business owners shouldn’t assume that it won’t happen to them.

Be aware of the potential consequences of malware for your business and know how to adequately address them if you find yourself dealing with a malware attack.

What Problems Can Malware Cause?

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SiteLock 2019 Website Security Report: Protecting Websites in the Age of Stealth Attacks

Among the cryptojacking-buzz, Facebook’s data breach saga, and nation-state attacks on companies like Nissan, you likely noticed a trend of high-profile cybercrime in 2018.

However, after studying website attacks that plagued 2018, a new trend arises. Cybercriminals swept the web with secrecy, focusing on stealthy attacks to compromise websites rather than taking a more conspicuous approach.

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