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Top 4 Tips to Get Ahead of Security Threats

According to recent research, malware currently infects an estimated 12.8 million websites globally. These infections make sites vulnerable to takeovers, defacement and data breaches from bad actors looking to tarnish site reputations and turn a profit – and the costs can be devastating for businesses. In fact, the average data breach now costs businesses $1.9 million, which is enough to significantly impact any organization – regardless of size.

To avoid the harmful impacts of a cyberattack, businesses should get proactive about protecting their site now, before the damage is done. Here are our top 4 cybersecurity tips your business can deploy now to get proactive on preventing data breaches, site defacement, DDoS attacks and other threats that put your sites at risk.

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Understanding Cybersecurity

In the age of data, with organizations creating trillions of gigabytes of new information each year, it’s easy to think of cybersecurity as a mere synonym for “data protection.” But cybersecurity is so much more. By shielding companies’ data and systems from organized criminal attacks, cybersecurity programs also protect businesses from operational interruptions, financial losses, legal penalties, and the destruction of customer trust.

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3 Ways to Prevent a URL Redirect Attack

Cybercriminals are stealthy in their attacks — especially when financial gains are involved. With this type of attack, hitting the jackpot requires time and patience. Regardless, cybercriminals also employ “noisy” attacks, or ones intended for victims and other website visitors to see. These typically promote very radical or personal views on various subjects. Some common attacks, however, can be either noisy or stealthy, and this includes URL redirection attacks.

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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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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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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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SiteLock Website Security

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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How to remove malware

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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Types of malware

Breaking Down 5 Different Types of Malware Every Small Business Should Know

Modern malicious software — or malware for short — has reached unprecedented levels of sophistication, and as the attack landscape continues to evolve, new threats will undoubtedly emerge. Malware affecting websites poses a special danger to businesses. Even some of the world’s largest corporations have fallen victim to attacks.

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what-is-malware?

What Is Malware? Understanding the Basics of Website Malware

Malware has infected roughly a third of the world’s computers, costing companies across the globe trillions of dollars each year. Yet in a recent report by Nationwide, only 13% of small business owners said they’d been targeted by a cyberattack, but when they saw specific examples of cybercrime — from phishing to ransomware — that number shot up to 58%. Malicious code isn’t confined to operating systems, either. Millions of websites across the internet also contain vulnerabilities that make them easy targets.

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