Thanks to its ease of use and customizability, WordPress is the most popular open source CMS platform in the world. However, the plugins that allow users to easily add features also carry a risk: Sites with 20 or more plugins were nearly three times more likely to have malware. Malware attacks can damage your site’s reputation and cost you money, especially if your site is taken offline or removed from search results. Knowing how to evaluate plugins effectively and use them safely allows you to maintain the functionality of your site without sacrificing security.
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If you’ve ever visited a website only to be greeted by a red screen warning you about a malware infection, you’ve found a blacklisted site. Search engines do their part to protect users everywhere from malware and cybercrime through a process known as “blacklisting.” While this can be helpful, it is not the most reliable way to look for malware. We’ll discuss what blacklisting does and does not do, as well as the most effective ways to know if a website is infected with malware.
Every website owner should take responsibility for ensuring the safety of its visitors, but unfortunately, some websites just aren’t secure. An unsafe website can spread malware, steal your information, send spam, and more. To protect yourself and your personal information, it’s important to know that a website takes your safety seriously – but how can you tell? Look for these four signs that a website is safe:
1. Look for the “S” in HTTPS
If HTTPS sounds familiar, it should – many URLs begin with “https” instead of just “http” to indicate that they are encrypted.This security is provided by an SSL certificate, which protects sensitive information entered into that site as it travels from the site to a server. Without an SSL certificate, that information is exposed and easily accessible by cybercriminals. It’s important to note that HTTPS isn’t the only thing a website can – or should do – to protect its visitors, but it’s a good sign that the website owner cares about your safety. Whether you’re logging in, making a payment, or just entering your email address, check that the URL starts with “https.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you’re busy managing your website, it helps to have a security expert on your side should you ever run into trouble. That’s where SiteLock Expert Services comes in. Expert Services is our team of trained security engineers who manually find and fix malware, vulnerabilities, and other security issues quickly. They partner with customers to help them through stressful and confusing situations, such as sophisticated cyberattacks and host suspensions. Their services are available a la carte or included with SiteLock INFINITY, so you’re always covered in the event of a cyberattack.
Amanda Naor’s camera lens has a distinct purpose: “to authentically tell a story through images.” A hobby photographer turned professional, Amanda is known for her documentary-style photos of children, families, and “the beauty of the everyday.” She established her small business, Amanda Naor Photography, to pursue a career that would allow her the flexibility to start a family of her own.
Sharing her images with clients and acquiring new customers is essential to building a successful business, so Amanda created a custom website, amandanaorphotography.com with WordPress. Using a plugin specifically designed for photographers, she added galleries to showcase her beautiful photos and even installed a template to help give her website a professional, polished look. After prospective customers view her work, they can easily schedule a session through a contact form on her site. While all these features helped define her brand and made for a great user experience, Amanda’s website was missing one very important component: website security.
It’s a small business owner’s worst nightmare! What happens when Nancy’s website is hacked by cybercriminals? How will her business recover? Find out in our latest infographic!