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What Happens When A Host Suspends Your Website

Your website is offline and in its place is a message that says “Please contact your hosting provider for details.” Panic sets in, what does this mean? Why is this happening? How do I get the website back online? These questions and more begin to race through your mind.

Let’s start with what this means.  Your website has been suspended, which means the hosting provider has temporarily taken it offline. Website hosts often suspend websites for a myriad of reasons ranging from malware to spam.  They suspend websites when needed  to protect their servers that host tons of other websites, so they don’t get infected too.

Why is it happening?  Unfortunately, thousands and thousands of websites are infected every day and yours was one of them.  In fact, websites experience an average of 59 attacks per day, which is more than 21,500 per year.

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Ask the Expert: Q&A with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Brought to you by SiteLock, Ask the Expert is our new Q&A series where we learn from industry innovators, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs about how they’re influencing their field. Throughout this series, you’ll find our interviewees share one commonality: they’re passionate about open-source content management systems (CMS), like WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. Join us as we dive into a variety of subjects, including social media, blogging and website security.

We are excited to kick-off Ask the Expert with Morten Rand-Hendriksen, web developer, author, educator, and WordPress mover and shaker!

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Blog Post Series: Keeping Your WordPress Site Updated

It’s a tense moment: after a few months of ignoring that “Update WordPress” notification in your dashboard, you’ve finally decided to push the Update button. Which is it going to be? Success Upgrading WordPress! or… The White Screen of Death? You click UPDATE and hold your breath…

Not going to lie: I still hold my breath when I push that Update button. I’ve been building sites with WordPress for over 6 years now, I’m familiar with all my plugins, and keep informed of every update that happens with my theme. And yet, there’s always that little nagging doubt that something COULD go wrong. How do I REALLY know that this update isn’t going to break something?

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WordCamp Phoenix 2018 Recap – A Smooth Flight

This weekend I flew South to the desert and joined SiteLock in their hometown state for WordCamp Phoenix 2018! This camp comes less than 4 months after WCPHX 2017, as they will now be hosting WordCamp in late February instead of in the Fall.  And somehow [as someone who has helped organize 2 WordCamps myself, I literally am in awe of this] they still managed to pull off another massive and beautifully orchestrated WordCamp. For those unaware, WordCamp Phoenix is consistently one of the largest WordCamps in the country alongside Miami, and this year boasted over 500 attendees with concurrent talks across 3 tracks during the Friday-Saturday weekend. SiteLock was there in October and we were back again last weekend for another awesome info-packed event!

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Decoding Security 113: What A Disaster

The 2018 Winter Olympics got off to a shaky start this year thanks to a cyberattack. The attack took down the official Olympics website, preventing access to tickets, thus preventing many ticket holders from attending the opening ceremonies. This kind of cyberattack could happen to any size organization at any time. In fact, it could happen to any person at any time. Cybercriminals often hack into individuals’ personal computers, allowing them access to private online assets, like family photos. No matter who you are, it’s important to put together an incident response plan (IRP) to protect your information should a crisis occur. In this week’s episode, our hosts share a few simple steps that anyone can take to create a response plan.

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Tales of A Cybercriminal’s Treasure: A Guide to Website Security [Infographic]

What does a pirate attack on a celebrity yacht and a website compromise have in common? Read our infographic to learn the unprecedented parallels between how stealthy pirates stole from a yacht during a high-profile party, and how cybercriminals are increasingly sneaking their way into websites for self-serving purposes, like to steal email addresses and credit card info they can resell on the black market.

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SiteLock INFINITY Wins Gold in 2018 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards!

Company Also Earns Silver and Bronze Across Additional Categories

We’re excited to announce that SiteLock earned Gold, Silver, and Bronze recognition across multiple categories in the 2018 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards!

SiteLock® INFINITY took home the Gold in the Best Website Security category, further reinforcing its reputation and performance as an industry-leading malware and vulnerability detection and remediation solution. As the only product on the market to offer continuous scanning, automatic malware removal and complete automated CMS core security patching, INFINITY offers unparalleled protection in today’s evolving cyber world.

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SMART PLUS

Ecommerce Patching Comes To SMART PLUS

In December, SiteLock introduced its revolutionary new product SMART PLUS – an industry first offering robust open source content management system (CMS) protection.  In addition to protecting the three most popular CMS platforms Joomla!, WordPress, and Drupal, SMART PLUS now protects  the two most popular eCommerce platforms: WooCommerce and Magento.

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Decoding Security 112: Back Up or Pay Up – Dissecting Ransomware

A few cybercriminals recently hit the jackpot – literally. “Jackpotting,” a hack that forces ATMs to dispense large amounts of cash on demand, hit the cybercrime scene in a big way, with six reported cases in the United States during the last week of January alone. In other cybersecurity news, exercise tracking app Strava and its public heatmap of user activity raised serious privacy concerns this week. A sharp-eyed student noticed that small, secluded areas of high Strava activity in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia could potentially indicate the locations of several US military bases.

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Please Welcome Our Newest WordPress Evangelist – Jamie Schmid

Since its inception in 2008, SiteLock has been committed to protecting all websites, including those built on WordPress. In 2016 we also made a deeper commitment to the WordPress community as a whole by participating in the WordPress Global Sponsorship Program. Through consistent attendance and speaking engagements at numerous WordCamps across the country over the past two years, we’ve been honored to give back to the community by sharing our knowledge and passion for WordPress and website security. As a testament to our continued commitment, I’m very pleased to announce that our presence in the community continues to grow this year with the addition of the smart and talented Jamie Schmid!

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