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Ask a Security Pro: What Is Encryption?

Over the last year I’ve led a multitude of security workshops aimed to educate entry-level WordPress users about website security. Some of the questions I regularly field in these workshops are related to the mechanics of SSL certificates, and their role in protecting website data from prying eyes. As you may know, the installation of an SSL certificate on a web server allows the server to accept traffic on the hypertext transfer protocol (secure), or simply ‘HTTPS,’ the primary form of encrypted data transfer between websites and visitors. I’d like to share the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve had on the subject.

HTTPS and SSL Certificates

SSL is the Armored Truck

The first thing I’d like to clarify on the subject of HTTPS and SSL certificates specifically is that the use of SSL certificates and HTTPS do not in any way, shape, or form protect the data on your website itself. HTTPS encrypts data in transit only. Neither does it protect data resting on visitors’ computers. You should consider HTTPS the armored truck of websites, not the bank vault. It acts as the protection against adversaries while data travels from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’.

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How SiteLock Works With Your Hosting Provider [Video]

At SiteLock, we partner with the largest hosting providers around the world to secure more than 6 million websites. In speaking with all of our customers, we often get asked, “What is the difference between the security provided by my host vs. the security provided by SiteLock?”

It’s important to understand that your website isn’t entirely protected by your hosting provider, and despite being hosted in a secure server environment, your website is still at risk of cyberthreats without the proper website security.

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SiteLock TrueShield Updates on May 1st, 2017

SiteLock is expanding the network behind our web application firewall, TrueShield, and our content delivery network, TrueSpeed. To accommodate our growing customer base, we’re adding over 130,000 new unique IP addresses on May 1st, 2017. This will require some customers to make changes to their firewall or web server configuration to ensure our new servers are compatible with your website’s hosting server. If these changes are not made by May 1st, 2017, your site visitors may be restricted from accessing your website.

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AskSecPro: Feature-Based Malware Detection

Last year we published an #AskSecPro series where we explained how signature-based malware analysis works, as well as how traditional signatures are created. An area we don’t often talk about in public channels, but has played a pivotal role in SiteLock becoming a global leader in website security solutions, is our research and development efforts in new security technologies. In addition to our more traditional approaches to malware detection, SiteLock continues to explore new frontiers in technological improvement to push the field of security research forward. For some time SiteLock has been developing machine learning mechanisms as part of its process for discovering new malware iterations on an automatic basis. Our research in the field has shown that machine learning promises to be an important part of early malware detection and preliminary identification. One of the most significant breakthroughs we’ve had in machine learning as it pertains to malware detection and signatures, has been in feature-based signature analysis.

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SiteLock Recognized in 2017 Gartner MQ for Application Security Testing

We are excited to share that SiteLock has been named to the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing for the second year in a row! Designed to analyze and test applications for security vulnerabilities, application security testing (AST) is growing faster than any other security market, according to Gartner.

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Ask a Security Professional: WordPress Database Security Part Two — Best Practices

In Part One of our #AskSecPro series on WordPress Database Security, we learned about the anatomy of WordPress. Now that we have a firm understanding of the role the WordPress MySQL database plays in a WordPress installation, we can take a look at the various ways an adversary can exploit the mechanisms involved. We’ll also explore some of the ways to defend your database against compromise.

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AskSecPro: What is #Cloudbleed?

Over the last few days you may have heard the term #Cloudbleed thrown around the water cooler. Some of the questions our customers are asking us include,  “What is Cloudbleed?” and “Am I protected from Cloudbleed?” As your resident Security Professional, I’ll be glad to help you to understand what the Cloudbleed buzz is all about and how it may impact you.

— First, I want to be very clear that the Cloudbleed bug does NOT impact SiteLock TrueShield™ WAF/CDN. More below.

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SiteLock Wins Best of Cool Award

SiteLock Earns “Best of Cool” Award by BestCompaniesAZ!

We are excited to announce that SiteLock has been named one of the 2017 100 Best Companies in Arizona by BestCompaniesAZ! Even more exciting, we’ve been recognized in the category “Best of Cool,” which honors Arizona’s top organizations that create strong, unique corporate cultures and promote creativity and innovation.

We are lucky to have an excellent team of dedicated individuals who work hard to support the growth and success of our company. Our open working environment offers lots of transparency and employee freedom to share ideas and challenge the status quo. We operate under a true open-door policy and try our best to ensure our employees enjoy coming to work each day.

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Rogue Pharmacy Defacements via REST API Exploit

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This article was co-authored by Security Researcher Wyatt Morgan from SiteLock Research.

 

This month we’ve seen WordPress websites bombarded with defacements and remote code execution attempts by abusing a vulnerability in the WordPress REST API. As could be expected, compromises motivated by financial gain have now made their debut through the same vector. This most recent flavor of defacements focuses on driving traffic to a rogue pharmacy website, where the visitor is encouraged to purchase — you guessed it, “authentic” erectile dysfunction medication.

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