Today, over 760,000 websites are breached each year. However, only 6 percent of website owners use proactive website monitoring for suspicious activity, while 84 percent don’t find out about cyberattacks until after they’ve been compromised.
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Darin Wilson founded Bluedge Business Solutions in 2010 after several friends and colleagues reached out to him for help with their businesses. Bluedge is a comprehensive marketing and business development firm specializing in marketing, branding and planning for companies of all sizes. Wilson stands by the Bluedge philosophy for each of his clients: create an effective three-tier marketing plan by synchronizing the client’s goals, sales plan and tactics.
Wilson’s website, bluedgebiz.com, is the face of his firm. The site provides visitors with information about the company’s services and project portfolio. Prospecting clients visit bluedgebiz.com to read and request information. It is very important to Wilson’s business that the site is available to his visitors at all times.
Smallbizapalooza.com is one of three websites founded and run by Ivana Taylor. Taylor brings a passion for small business marketing to her many pursuits, striving to share with others the tools and tips she has learned. The concept for Smallbizapalooza was to create a platform where entrepreneurs could engage with brands and experts who are committed small business success. Taylor describes her goal, “The idea was to open a space where experts could share their success strategies, answer small business questions and entrepreneurs could learn about the best books, brands, tools and strategies that could help them succeed.”
The new school semester has begun and is off to a great start. Your students are engaged, prepared and full of spirit. Ready for their first test, they log in to their online student portal to access the exam. Just as the test is about to begin, the website crashes. Panic ensues among the students, who instantly turn to twitter and email for help.
Here’s what happened: The school did not have proper website security in place and consequently was the target of a data breach that shut down its website. Higher education institutions are attractive and lucrative targets to cybercriminals. In 2015, the education sector was among the top three sectors breached, behind healthcare and retail. College campuses store a wealth of confidential student and faculty data, including medical records, financial information and intellectual property for products and prescription drugs. Some of the most common attacks cybercriminals use to breach higher education institutions are hacking, malware and DDoS attacks.
With 80 percent of the biggest law firms in the country being hacked since 2011, law firms are prime targets for data breaches. This infographic covers why cybercriminals go after law firms, what types of attacks they use and how you can protect your firm from becoming a victim.
While at WordCamp Kansas City 2016, we ran into Frankie Jarrett manning the Happiness Bar, helping new WordPress users get started with the platform and answering advanced questions. Frankie is known in the community for his role at GoDaddy, advancing Managed WordPress products and helping educate WordPressers at various WordCamps through one-on-one conversations and more formal talks, such as the one at #WCKC.
In our interview with Frankie, we chat about all kinds of WordPress-related things, including how he got started with WordPress and what keeps him up at night.
Can you tell the difference between the two ads below?
Advertisement A Advertisement B
They may appear to be identical, but actually, they are far from it. Advertisement A is a perfectly legitimate ad, while Advertisement B contains malware.
Advertisement B is an example of malvertising, or malicious advertising. Malvertising is a hack cybercriminals use to spread malware via online advertisements. As you can see, malvertisements are deceiving and the damage can go beyond your website by infecting your computer with malware.
Large scale events, whether in sports or music, take a host of people to make sure things run smoothly. However, making sure things go smoothly is not limited to the organizers. Bigger events that draw crowds of enthusiasts and supporters from across the globe can also, unfortunately, draw in some from the criminal element. It is important to apply the lessons learned from past experiences and breaches to our daily activities. Attendees of any large events should remain vigilant by implementing these tips to help protect their information on site.
Talking about cybersecurity is equivalent to addressing the elephant in the room. It needs to be addressed, but the issue often gets pushed to the backburner. Studies show that 70 percent of Americans shop online at least once a month. However, over 30 percent of consumers say they hesitate to make those purchases due to security concerns, like credit card data theft.
As an online retailer, it is time to address the elephant in the room by addressing your customers’ fears. To get you started, we cover four basic—yet essential—website security tips to protect your eCommerce site.