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JoomlaDay Florida 2018 – Building Community

Wait just a minute. A Joomla! event recap on a WordPress blog? Why? The better question is why not? At SiteLock, we’re big fans of all Open Source software and the amazing communities built around them. The Joomla! CMS is no exception. That’s why we sponsored and spoke at JoomlaDayFL this past weekend. It was an amazing event filled with informative sessions and a heavy focus on communicating the benefits and use cases of the software, and the larger community that surrounds it.

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digital spring cleaning

Decoding Security 114: Spring Cleaning

Gearing up for another annual spring cleaning? Add a digital deep clean to your to-do list! Our hosts, Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall, share easy and valuable tips for conducting a digital spring clean of your website and everyday devices. With their help, you’ll be able to spring into the rest of the year with updated and more secure devices!

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Keeping WordPress Updated: A Process for Managing Updates

This is the second post in our series on managing WordPress updates. Without a good process in place to make sure updates are happening correctly, your site could be at risk of security vulnerabilities and outdated functionality. It’s easy to forget this part in your website business plan: when you go live, all of your themes, plugins, and WordPress core will be up to date running on the latest versions. But updates to everything from security patches to new features are constantly being published, and it’s important to stay on top of them.

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SiteLock

SiteLock Wins Big in the Info Security Products Guide 2018 Global Excellence Awards!

We’re excited to announce that SiteLock earned Gold, Silver, and Bronze recognition in the Info Security Products Guide 2018 Global Excellence Awards with its inaugural entry.

SiteLock® INFINITY took home Gold in the Security Monitoring category, further reinforcing its reputation and performance as an industry-leading malware and vulnerability detection and remediation solution. INFINITY combines deep website scanning, automatic malware removal and core content management system (CMS) security patching with unrivaled accuracy and frequency, delivering the highest level of protection against security threats and vulnerabilities in today’s ever evolving cyber world.

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SiteLock Threat Intercept

Threat Intercept: Fake IonCube Malware Found in the Wild

THREAT SUMMARY

 

Medium Threat
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Category:PHP Eval Request

First Identifiable Data: 02/01/2018

CVD ID: N/A

Trend Name: Value

Vector: Multiple

The threat rating was determined using the following metrics:

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While reviewing an infected site, the SiteLock Research team found a number of suspiciously named, obfuscated files that appear almost identical to legitimate ionCube-encoded files. We determined the suspicious ionCube files were malicious, and found that hundreds of sites and thousands of files were affected. We will discuss the defining features of the malware, its purpose, and discuss mitigation for infected sites.

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Malware

Drupal Releases Critical Security Updates

Last week Drupal released version 8.4.5, which addressed several critical security vulnerabilities.  The Drupal development team is urging all Drupal sites to upgrade immediately to avoid possible exploitation of these vulnerabilities in the core application.

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what is malware

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 SiteLock Blog

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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