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Small Businesses and Cyber Security

The small business (SMB) movement is anything but small. From sole proprietors to startups, businesses with one to four employees account for 1.2 million businesses in the United States. In a world where huge data breaches dominate headlines, many small business owners are aware that they need to invest in cybersecurity to protect their business. In fact, 42 percent of small businesses plan to increase their security investment within the next 12 months.

However, many more don’t invest at all. It’s certainly not due to a lack of awareness:  38 percent of SMBs cite security as one of their top technology challenges. It’s that very challenge that results in inaction. Many small business owners feel too “overwhelmed and ill-equipped” to put cybersecurity measures in place – so they put it on the back burner instead.

The solution: make it easy to get expert help. SiteLock reviews how.

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Small Business Video Reviews and Feedback

It’s not uncommon for a business owner to have a story about the time they experienced a cyberattack.

Perhaps their website was suspended, customers were turned away by malware warnings, or slow loading times caused their traffic to plummet. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the way the story ends for any business of any size. With the proper website security in place, cyberattacks can be mitigated quickly should they occur.

Here are three SiteLock reviews from three unique businesses that not only survived a cyberattack, but thrived in the aftermath.

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SiteLock Video Review: A whale watcher’s path to success after a cyberattack took control

When the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises website was unexpectedly hacked by cybercriminals, Melissa Marchand, website manager, began to panic.

The attack on Whales.net arrived just in time for busy season—and a hacked website meant a complete halt in online scheduling and ticket purchases, the company’s primary source of sales. Even more alarming, the website was blacklisted by Google and online visitors were redirected to pornographic sites, damaging the company’s bottom line and reputation.

Luckily, Melissa called SiteLock at the request of her web host to help get her website back online.

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SiteLock Video Review: How one web developer protects 125 websites

Brett Matthews manages over 125 websites through his company, Square 1 Designs. He provides website design, programming, and maintenance at an affordable price for his clients.

When he had just a few clients, he was able to clean malware and resolve cyberattacks himself. This worked well until one day, a customer experienced a cyberattack while Brett was on his honeymoon! His romantic getaway was interrupted as he spent seven hours removing the malware manually.

Brett realized that he needed a better solution for the sake of his business and his clients. Listen as he recalls his SiteLock experience:

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SiteLock Video Review: A photographer quickly bounces back after a website compromise

After Amanda Naor, founder of Amanda Naor Photography, was locked out of her own website, she knew there was a problem.

She reached out to her web host, who encouraged her to change her passwords to regain access. But by the time she changed her passwords, her website was hacked, distorted, and her pictures failed to load. Heartbroken and worried by the sight of her deformed website, she called SiteLock for help.

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What Is an SSL Certificate?

Websites can transmit a lot of sensitive information during a typical browsing session. Consider what you share online every day: your email address, mailing address, phone number, credit card info, even your login credentials. That’s a substantial amount of information you don’t want falling into the wrong hands! The secret to keeping your and your visitors’  info safe lies in SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates. Learn what SSL certificates are, which websites need one, and what else you need to do to protect yourself and your visitors. 

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Cybersecurity Tips

69 Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Small Business from Cyberattacks

Most small businesses typically don’t have the proper security measures in place because they don’t know they’re at risk of cyberthreats, or they don’t know how to protect themselves. This leaves a company’s network, emails, computers, and mobile devices at risk of compromise—especially its website.

We’ve rounded up 69 easy and effective cybersecurity tips to help protect your small business from disruptive cyberattacks.  We’ve organized these tips by category to make them more easily digestible.

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Why Do I Need Website Security?

A website attack can be a heartbreaking experience. Your site may be vandalized and your hard work could be destroyed. You may even lose visitors or revenue —and it’s more likely to happen than you might think, as websites receive up to 50 attacks per day on average.

Cybercrime is a big business and cybercriminals are actively looking to cash in, no matter the website’s size or purpose. Cyberattacks are usually caused by malware, which is software created for malicious purposes. Malware can:

  • Slow or crash your website
  • Steal data or traffic
  • Steal sensitive customer information, such as credit card info or phone numbers
  • Cause your website to be removed from search engine results

Malware isn’t just damaging to your website – it can also be excessively expensive. Website downtime costs an average of $427 per minute, and that can quickly add up to a devastating amount for small businesses and bloggers.

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Three Common Cybersecurity Threats Small Businesses Should Be Worried About

As a small business, you’re likely concerned with drawing traffic and visitors to your site – but you may be attracting the wrong kind of attention. Cybercriminals are constantly targeting websites, and yours may be one of them. No matter how small your business is, you’re not too small to be hacked. In fact, 50% of small businesses in the US have been breached. Big or small, the average site is attacked 50 times per day, and improper security measures can increase your risk.

The evolving world of cybercrime can be complicated, and at the end of the day, you just want what’s best for your business. While you don’t need to be a cybersecurity expert to successfully protect your business, it’s beneficial to understand the ways cybercriminals seek to threaten your livelihood. You can start by learning about the three common cybersecurity threats that all small business owners should be prepared for: malware, vulnerabilities, and DDoS attacks.

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The SiteLock Risk Assessment Explained [Video]

Did you know all the features that make your website unique and engaging could also be putting it at risk of compromise? The reality is, all websites are at risk of attack—and your site features, like plugins, are actually putting you at an increased risk. This is why it’s important for website owners to understand their likelihood of a breach. When you know your risk, you can make an educated and proactive decision about your security.

But how can you find out your risk, and what can you do to lower your chances of a breach? SiteLock created a proprietary risk assessment to determine your likelihood of a compromise. The assessment reviews your site and calculates your risk score on a scale of low, medium, and high—ensuring you’re informed about any potential threats you might face.

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