Did you know that websites experience an average of 58 attacks per day? That’s one cyberattack approximately every 25 minutes! Even more startling, as much as 61 percent of all internet traffic is automated traffic from bots, meaning these attacks do not discriminate based on the size or popularity of a website. No website is too small or too new to hack.
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Breaking news: No website is too small to hide from a cyberattack.
Enterprises and big brands may receive unwanted publicity for cyberattacks and data breaches, but smaller doesn’t mean safer. In fact, website attacks increased 14 percent in Q1 2018 compared to Q4 2017 as cybercriminals set their sights on independent websites and small businesses. A successful attack can result in a loss of revenue, a drop in traffic, and damage to the business or website’s reputation. The good news is? There are easy and effective ways website owners can protect their sites and reduce their risk. Knowing what you’re up against is the first step to creating a safe experience for your website and visitors.
The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q1 2018 analyzes data from over 10 million websites to pinpoint the threats website owners need to be aware of. As a new feature to the report, SiteLock surveyed 250 website owners to assess their knowledge and preparedness of cybersecurity. Below are some of the key findings and first steps to securing your website. For more insights and actionable advice for all website owners, download the full report.
As we continue to watch the global fallout of the leaking of the NSA’s secret surveillance of everything from phone calls to Facebook, one of the more interesting and perhaps disturbing revelations was that the embarrassing leak of top secret U.S. spying operations came from a trusted insider.
What was perhaps even more disturbing was the fact that the alleged whistle-blower had largely unsupervised access to some of the biggest U.S. intelligence secrets, in spite of the fact that he was only on the job for a few years and actually started as a facilities security guard.
You’ve launched your website and done all you can to ensure its success, but you may have overlooked a critical component: website security. Cyberattacks cause costly clean-up, damage your reputation, and discourage visitors from coming back. Fortunately, you can prevent it all with effective website security. We’ll discuss the basics of website security and what solutions will help ensure your website isn’t taken down by a cyberattack.
What is website security?
Website security is any action or application taken to ensure website data is not exposed to cybercriminals or to prevent exploitation of websites in any way.
We are proud to announce that for the second year in a row SiteLock® INFINITY™ has won the Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards presented by TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine. The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards recognizes solutions in two categories: cloud-delivered security and security for cloud application.
FireFox and Chrome announced big changes last week with new ways they will be protecting our information. FireFox will begin to block tracking cookies by default, allowing users to have a better experience while web browsing. Google Chrome announced that starting in September 2018, users will be required to enable Adobe Flash every time the user wishes to use it, all in Chrome’s efforts to wean the public of Flash and force websites into the future.
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.