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Website Security

All a Website Wants for Christmas is Website Security

Dear Santa,

Letter to SantaThis is my first ever Christmas letter to you. I don’t like to ask for much, but I’m desperate. I’ve been a website for, gosh, going on three years now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. My owner’s great, new people visit me every day from all around the world, and my graphics are to die for. There’s never a dull moment, even when my owner is sleeping. Which of course, I never do.

But there’s a problem. My owner is so busy building the business, managing cash flow, and getting orders out the door, that she has little time for things like website security. Besides, she says she doesn’t have a technical background and know much about cybersecurity.

And that has left me feeling, well, vulnerable. Which is not a good thing on the Internet when I’m completely exposed to so many strangers. But my owner really needs the website to showcase her work and generate online orders. And being blacklisted by the search engines would make her very upset. But I worry about what might happen if she doesn’t put everything else aside, just for a moment, and think about website security.

With that in mind, here are just a few things that I would absolutely love this year. Not really for me, but for my owner. I’m doing all this for her, which I think is a very unselfish act. So I hope you’ll do your best to get me as many things on my list as you can.

Here goes.

  • First, I’d love someone to watch over me. I know where my weaknesses are, but my owner doesn’t, and she doesn’t have the time to guard me every second of the day. So a website security or monitoring service would be just great. Everyone can sleep easier and I’ll feel much less naked and vulnerable.
  • A new password would be great. Would it be asking too much to ask for a new website password say, every three months? Maybe one with a number or two, or heaven forbid a special character!? That could significantly reduce the chances that hackers will guess or crack my password and have access to who knows what. And a strong, random, and well-protected password would be ideal. I mean, what good is a password if it doesn’t do its job very well. Not complaining or criticizing, just saying.
  • This might be asking too much, but any chance you could help me get rid of this stuff I’m not using anymore. I feel so bogged down lately with all this old, outdated code and images that no one even uses. It takes every bit of my energy to just load a simple page. I know I could be so much faster and lighter with just a bit of a clean-up  – I’ll be a whole new website, you’ll see!
  • I don’t want to sound selfish, but could I ask for a little something else for myself? Nothing fancy, but I’ve worked so hard all year I think it would help my spirits and confidence as we get ready for yet another year. Patches. I’d like some patches, or updates. I am up to my gills in all kinds of third-party programs that the web designer thought would be so very cool to burden me with. But he’s easily distracted and he’s forgotten about most of them. Now at least half of them have serious and known vulnerabilities that have never been patched or updated.

Anyway, I hope I didn’t take up too much of your valuable time. And I hope you’ll see that what I’m asking for is not for me. I even know of a company that can help you with this. To make things easy, I’ll provide you with the number to SiteLock website security. It’s 855-378-6200. They’re available 24/7/365 to help!

 

Ecommerce Security for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Beyond

e commerce securityAs Thanksgiving weekend approaches, your customers may be gearing up to make some big purchases. And how safe and secure they feel about your website could determine how much of their hard-earned cash will end up in your pocket.

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SiteLock Website Security

3 Ways to Improve Your Website Security

Website security is one of those things that needs to be addressed (the horror stories of hacked websites are everywhere), but it tends to get put off for many reasons. Some of us underestimate the importance of securing our website, some are afraid it will be expensive, and some think it will be too hard to manage without an IT person on staff. The truth is, website security is critical to your business, but also very easy to implement.

We’ve listed three easy ways to improve your website security:

1. Ensure safe online shopping for your eCommerce customers

As an eCommerce website, you can maximize your sales opportunity by displaying a trust seal. Most website scanning services provide a trust seal to publish on the website’s homepage to show visitors that the website has been scanned and is free of malware and viruses. Trust seals are also used to boost customer confidence.

2. Update your plugins

This is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your website, and also one of the most important. Using outdated versions is the single most common way for a hacker to gain entry to your website, and all your information, and often that of your customers. So make a list of all the plugins and third-party software on your site, peruse it, and purge (uninstall) anything you no longer use. For the ones you do use and want to keep, make sure you have the latest versions and updates installed.

3. Educate your employees about phishing emails

If you are someone who is extremely cautious about opening emails from unknown or large company senders, it may be hard to believe anyone still opens phishing emails or (gasp!) downloads the enclosed attachments. But the reality is that not everyone is aware. And even those who are careful are often so busy and inundated with emails that a few might slip through the cracks. Plus, hackers are getting scary good at impersonating legitimate business emails – PayPal, FedEx, Apple, to name just a few – and luring victims to click on links in order to update account information, track a package, download an important update, etc. All you need is one employee to click on one of these fraudulent download links, and you could be handing over your entire business to a criminal. Financial data for you and your customers – stolen, and your reputation – ruined, in a matter of seconds.

Follow these three easy ways to improve your website security. If you need help with any of the items listed above, give the SiteLock experts a call 855.378.6200. We are available 24/7/365 to help.

PCI Compliance and Your Business

PCI Compliance Data has always been a currency for crooks but, now more than ever, personal data has become a hot commodity for everyone from petty identity thieves to major organized crime. And one of the easiest ways to get this kind of information is from websites just like yours.

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Is Your Website a Malware Watering Hole?

A watering hole, or water hole, is a website with vulnerabilities that hackers take advantage of to plant malware. The idea is that the malware simply lies in wait until someone visits your website, and if that someone is not using protection, he or she will find their computer or smartphone infected with that malware.

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Celebrate National Website Security Month

OK, so there’s no such thing. But guess what? It’s still October, which means it’s still National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Close enough, right? That also means there’s still plenty of time to focus on the security housekeeping that’s crucial to the success and survival of your web presence.

Security is like profit – it’s not an option. And that’s even more important to remember if you rely heavily on your website, either to promote your business or to process orders.

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Cybersecurity Starts With a Plan

Cybersecurity policyYou probably already know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, right? Of course every month should be cyber security awareness month because these days no business can afford to let its guard down. Not for a moment.

But because businesses and consumers are often too busy to think about security when it matters most, a national celebration was created as a reminder. And we’re celebrating NCSAM by sharing with you some of the most basic security options that are available to any small business.

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How a Web Application Firewall Benefits Your Website

web application firewallDoes your website have a bouncer, and if not, why not? Think about it. Websites are being probed by hackers millions of times every day, using sophisticated and automated hacking tools looking for any vulnerabilities they can exploit. It’s like having a store on Main Street that’s swarmed with visitors every single day, only you can’t tell which customers are going to pay you and which ones are going to shoplift.

A web application firewall, or WAF, is like a bouncer for your website. It stands between you and the street and determines based on a variety of criteria who gets in and who’s kicked out. It acts as a filter to make sure the visitors to your online store don’t mean you any harm.

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Creating Cyber Trust in a Small Business

There is a copious amount of evidence to support the notion that concerns over security, privacy, and trust stifle ecommerce, and continue to keep large numbers of consumers from shopping online as much as they’d like to.

The impact is felt even more by small businesses who constantly struggle to persuade consumers that their websites are a safe place to shop and surf. The customer might not always be right, but at least on this call, they are. Most small business websites, just like most small businesses, are inherently insecure. Consumers sense this, and it has become a barrier to trust.

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Increasing Cyber Trust with a Trust Badge

Website security seals are ultimately about improving two things – trust and sales. And without the first, the second won’t follow. Small businesses with little-known brands always have a tough time persuading new customers that they’re a safe place to do business. And not only that orders will be honored and delivered as promised, but that the site itself is safe. That’s because unsafe sites can be a death-knell for customer trust and confidence, and perhaps even for the business.

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