The cost of a data breach is rising globally. Learn how different countries and industries are impacted when they’re hit with one.
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Brandi Yee is the owner and writer of YeeWittleThings, a family-friendly blog that offers product reviews, giveaways, recipes and lifestyle information to its readers. Yee is happily married, has two kids and takes pride in writing about family-focused topics.
Yee’s passion lies in her blog. “I started my blog over six years ago as a way of creating an outlet for my passion of writing, but also to connect with families and offer them recipes, honest reviews on family-friendly products and the opportunities to try those products themselves,” she says.
It is hard to keep track of all the websites that are compromised on a daily basis. Cybercriminals are constantly crawling the web for targets, and they’ll often go after websites you might not expect, such as a vegan cooking blog. So what does a hacker look for in a website? And why would they be tempted to attack your site? Here are some examples so you have an accurate picture of common website attacks.
When you think of websites being infected with malware, what types of sites come to mind? Pharmaceutical sites, porn sites or sites that bombard you with pop-up ads? While these sites could very well be malicious, you’re actually more likely to run into malware while visiting one of your typical, everyday e-commerce or news sites. Today, 75 percent of legitimate websites are at risk of malware. Malware, also known as malicious software, is designed to harm a website and its visitors.
One question that SiteLock encounters quite often is “Why do I need a firewall when my host has one?” If you haven’t spent a good portion of your life researching firewalls, it’s easy to understand why you’d ask. Most website hosting companies utilize what is generally referred to as a Network Firewall, which is fundamentally different from, but equally as important as, a Web Application Firewall (WAF) like SiteLock® TrueShield™. As a WordPress website owner, it is imperative to understand the roles that each plays in your website’s security.
In Part One below, we’re covering Network Firewalls.
Bots represent over 60 percent of all website traffic. This means that the majority of your website traffic could be coming from Internet bots, rather than humans. A bot is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Bots can be put into two categories, “good” and “bad.” Good bots visit websites to perform jobs, like search engine crawling, website health monitoring and website vulnerability scanning. Bad bots perform malicious tasks such as, DDoS attacks, website scraping and comment spam.
We’re happy to announce our sponsorship of WordCamp Asheville 2016, June 3-5!
Now on their third year, WordCamp Asheville is planning one of their biggest camps yet with over 325 attendees! We can’t wait to take in the breathtaking views, fresh mountain air, quirky Asheville vibe and tons of new WordPress ideas!
Keep an eye out for our very own evangelist, Adam W. Warner. He’ll be the one wearing the “Secure Your Word” t-shirt!
Prestige Conference was held immediately following WordCamp Minneapolis, and just a few blocks away at the University of St. Thomas, allowing many WordPressers, such as myself, to pull a double feature in the friendly city of Minneapolis. If you’re not familiar with Prestige, it’s a premium business and career development conference. While not exclusively a WordPress event, the speakers and attendees were predominantly from the WordPress space, offering their familiar flavor of camaraderie and open-source collaboration.
You know that awkward moment when you’re screen sharing with your boss and a Viagra ad appears on your screen? It’s difficult to rebound from an embarrassing moment like that, even when you did nothing to prompt it. These “pharma” hacks happen all the time, and it is just one example of what can happen when a site falls victim to cyberattacks. Luckily, the team at SiteLock is here to help you avoid these rather uncomfortable situations.
SiteLock offers comprehensive, cloud-based website security solutions to businesses of all sizes. We protect websites from a multitude of attacks and threats, pharma hacks being just one example. Check out our video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how some of our products work.