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How to Avoid Being Blacklisted by Search Engines

Have you ever visited a website — only to be greeted by an alarming red screen that reads: “The site ahead contains malware”? That’s quite the deterrent, and chances are, you left the page in a hurry. That’s what happens when Google and other search engines blacklist a website.

Blacklisting websites is how search engines protect browsers from malicious content. Google and other search engines send bots to scan websites and flag anything suspicious. If your website is deemed a threat, then it’s removed from the search engine’s results page. And for small businesses that rely on their websites to capture and convert leads, this can have serious consequences. 

What It Means to Be Blacklisted

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Best Practices for Using a VPN While Traveling

Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? It allows you the flexibility to work from a coffeehouse or hotel room the same way you would from your office or home. Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, allowing you to stay connected no matter where you are. But they’re also convenient for cybercriminals, as your personal data is less secure when you’re browsing on a public network.

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How to Protect Your Small Business Against a Cyber Attack

Don’t expect alarms to go off when cybercriminals launch an attack. In fact, it’s just the opposite. What do cybercriminals want? Mostly to remain invisible. That’s why they make every effort to fly under the radar — and why attacks can go unnoticed for months or even years. 

Take a recent cyber attack on Florida healthcare provider AdventHealth. The attack was discovered in February 2019 — a full year after cybercriminals gained access. Attackers used that lengthy window to steal the personal records of 50,000 patients and cover up the evidence of their crime.

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5 Steps to Building a Foolproof Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan

No matter what industry you’re in, there’s a good chance that you conduct a lot of your business online. Most modern small businesses have one or more digital properties, including a website and various social media pages. Your website may or may not be your chief sales portal, but it’s usually the first place prospective customers go to learn about your brand, making it a vital asset.

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What Is a Web Application Firewall — and Will It Protect My Small Business?

web application firewall — also known as a WAF — is basically a website’s gatekeeper. Once installed, it monitors all incoming traffic to determine whether website visitors are legitimate or malicious. It then denies access to suspicious traffic, blocking out nefarious players.

You may think that your small business’s website doesn’t receive enough traffic to necessitate a gatekeeper, but consider this: More than 60% of all internet traffic is made up of bots. Of course, not all bots are dangerous; some serve a positive purpose, such as search engine crawling. But many pose a significant threat to your website and its visitors. These bad bots visit websites for negative purposes — crawling a site’s code in search of security vulnerabilities, for instance.

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Content Delivery Network Security Best Practices

Despite what your lightning-fast Wi-Fi connection may indicate, the internet is not instantaneous. When someone visits your website, it takes time for content such as text, pictures, and videos to travel from the point of origin to wherever the website’s visitor is located. The further apart the two points are, the longer it takes for the content to be delivered.

Content delivery networks exist to expedite this process. Imagine your business is based in Boston and someone visits your website from San Francisco. If the content had to travel completely across the country, the website load time would be extremely long. CDNs improve this process by storing content on servers located throughout the country in data centers called “points of presence.”

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These 3 Automated Cybersecurity Tools Will Save You Time and Money

As cyberattacks become increasingly automated, website owners must come to the realization that it might be time to fight fire with fire. Manual detection and removal is becoming increasingly unrealistic — even with the most highly skilled team of cybersecurity specialists at your disposal. 

Implementing automated cybersecurity tools is the best way to not only prevent cybersecurity attacks but also reduce the time it takes to identify and contain successful ones — which is a major determinant of the overall cost of a cyberattack. Downtime from a cyberattack can cost small businesses as much as $427 per minute. Automated cybersecurity tools can notify you of an attack as soon as it occurs so you can spring into action.

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The Ultimate Incident Response Plan Checklist

How do you resolve a cyberattack as quickly and completely as possible? A cyber incident response plan is designed to answer that question. The plan kicks in immediately after an attack and outlines exactly how your company will use its resources to minimize the damage and overcome the incident. In as much detail as possible, it describes who will be involved, what individuals’ roles will be, and which procedures they will need to follow.

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How to Assemble a Cybersecurity Incident Response Team

A cybersecurity incident response plan is the best way to ensure your business is ready to, well, respond to a successful cyberattack. The most effective plans delegate specific responsibilities to individual team members so that when a hacker strikes, everyone knows his or her next steps. 

When building your response plan, the first question you should ask is: “Who should be on the cybersecurity incident response team?”

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How You Should Respond Internally to IT Security Incidents

In a single day, websites experience, on average, nearly 60 cyberattacks. And for small businesses, successful attacks can have a lasting impact: 60% of small businesses will go out of business following a successful breach due to the costs of recovery.

In this article, we’ll talk about IT security incidents, which are events that indicate an organization’s systems or data have been compromised or that existing cybersecurity measures have failed. The key to staying afloat during an IT security incident is preparation — and effective communication is a major component in that. Knowing how to communicate transparently, both internally and externally, in the wake of an attack not only builds trust with your employees but also helps protect your reputation.

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