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Cybersecurity Year in Review and Our Predictions Moving Forward

Our most recent cybersecurity research is now available in the “Cybersecurity Trends in 2019: Protecting Websites in the Age of Stealth Attacks” report. In it, we identified the trends, threats, and innovations in cybercrime that small businesses need to know about in order to keep their websites secure. We also look to the future, taking a good hard look at what last year’s lessons will mean moving forward.

To compile this cybersecurity industry report, we analyzed 6 million individual websites using an algorithm our team developed to evaluate website vulnerability. The goal was to identify attack patterns and risk factors based on the types of vulnerabilities present in websites and the types of attacks today’s hackers deploy. The result is a comprehensive report that offers website administrators important insights into online security.

The Biggest Cybersecurity Trends of 2018

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Don’t Get Suckered Into the Optimism Bias When It Comes to Website Security

If we concentrate hard enough, most of us can leave our personal biases out of our critical thinking. However, we’re not always consciously aware of the most persistent bias of them all: optimism. The optimism bias is the unfounded belief that we’re more likely to experience positive results than negative ones, even when tangible evidence suggests otherwise.

How does this relate to website cybersecurity?

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Tips to Stop Cybersecurity Threats for Small Businesses

It’s no secret that small to midsize businesses usually have similarly small budgets. As a result, expenses that don’t outwardly contribute to sales growth — like cybersecurity — often fall by the wayside. But small business cyberattack examples abound, defying the misconception that SMBs are safe from cyberthreats.

Misconceptions About Cybersecurity Threats for Small Businesses

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How to Prevent Malware as a Small Business

What is malware? It’s a rather simple question, but to answer it, we have to go back in time.

The first real instance of malware occurred in the early 1970s — when BBN Technologies engineer Bob Thomas wrote the code behind the so-called “Creeper worm.” The worm was the first self-replicating computer program, and it quickly spread through the ARPANET, annoying users with the pop-up message: “I’m the creeper: Catch me if you can.” Over time, engineers took the Creeper worm’s principles further, leading to the creation of the first viruses.

A decade after the Creeper worm, computer scientist Fred Cohen defined a virus as “a program that can infect other programs by modifying them to include a, possibly evolved, version of itself.” The definition remains accurate today, but now, it applies to an array of programs that have been created for nefarious purposes.

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How to Protect Your Website From DDoS

Since the arrival of the new millennium, cybercriminals have used distributed denial of service attacks to shut down some of the world’s biggest websites. You may have heard the acronym DDoS before, but what is a DDoS attack? And how can one impact your website?

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Consequences of Website Malware for Small Businesses

Did you know websites experience almost 62 attacks per day? Small businesses are often at the greatest risk. Without an allocated budget for protection and recovery, 60% of small to midsize businesses end up closing their doors within six months of a cyberattack. Small business owners shouldn’t assume that it won’t happen to them.

Be aware of the potential consequences of malware for your business and know how to adequately address them if you find yourself dealing with a malware attack.

What Problems Can Malware Cause?

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Small Business Data Breaches

When it comes to data breaches, we tend to hear only about the “big ones” — from Target to Equifax to, most recently, Wipro. S­o it’s easy to see why people assume these kinds of events exclusively happen to large corporations. After all, who would want to go after the minnows when there are so many whales up for grabs?

Being lulled into this false sense of security is dangerous for small to midsize businesses. SMBs are just as likely to be hit by cyberattacks as their larger counterparts, and when cyberattacks do land, they’re less likely to bounce back. Even a cursory glance at some small business data breach statistics makes that clear: Following a cyberattack, 60% of SMBs end up going out of business. And every minute of downtime following a small business data breach costs $427.

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How to Detect Malware on Your Website and What to Do Next

The average website is attacked over 55 times every day — and almost half of all sites on the web have high security vulnerabilities. With this, it’s no surprise that website malware is becoming more and more common.

Because the signs of an attack aren’t always clear, many victims don’t even know they’ve been targeted. It’s crucial to know the signs and to stop malware in its tracks as early as you can. In this post, we’ll share insight on how to detect malware on your website and what steps to take after confirming an attack.

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Protect Your WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal Site From Security Threats

More than half of all websites are built on some sort of open-source content management system, according to data from W3Techs. It makes sense. CMS sites are highly accessible to businesses of all sizes — from multinational enterprises to small mom-and-pop shops. They also offer multiple advantages. For one thing, you don’t have to be a website developer to build, maintain, and cultivate a powerful web presence. The tools are right there for you, with thousands of design and feature-rich plug-ins available to users at all times.

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How to Identify and Remove Malware From Your Website

The extent of the damage a malware attack can have on your website typically depends on a number of variables, not the least of which is your response time. The longer it takes to detect and remove malware, the more expensive the recovery process becomes. Unfortunately, many types of malware are deliberately designed to keep themselves concealed for as long as possible. Eventually, however, the symptoms of a malware-infected website can become hard to miss.

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