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The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017

Announcing The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017

SiteLock is proud to share the latest installment of our quarterly security report, The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017!

Featuring exciting new research, the SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017 reveals that cybercriminals continue to become more ambitious. This confirms what we concluded in Q2 2017: that website owners are more likely than ever to experience a cyberattack.

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WordCamp U.S. 2017 Recap – Beating Hackers to the Draw in Nashville

After a year of anticipation and planning, SiteLock arrived in Nashville, TN for WordCamp US – ready to ‘beat hackers to the draw!’ We sponsored the event again this year,  allowing us to meet many of the 1,702 attendees from all around the world. There were also 1,182 viewers who live-streamed the event, making the total attendee count a whopping 3,584!

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Decoding Security 107: Your Episode Title is the Last 4 of Your Social + Your Mother’s Maiden Name

Whether it’s a photo that should have never been posted or an angry Facebook rant, it’s not uncommon to see others oversharing on the internet. But did you know that what you post on social media can make your profile a gold mine of information that can be used against you? Cybercriminals can easily build profiles and create targeted attacks, such as a personalized phishing scam, simply based on information about a person or business found freely online.  SiteLock Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall discuss the little-known dangers of social media and what individuals and businesses can do to stay safe.

Also in this episode, our security experts discuss the latest headlines in cybersecurity news. For example, the city of Chicago is suing Uber for covering up a data breach that disclosed the data of 57 million users. And, a security researcher recently discovered a vulnerability in Facebook’s new polling feature that could allow hackers to delete any photo on the network. If you’re concerned that your favorite app may have compromised your information, our hosts can help you understand what happened, and what you can do about it.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us, but knowing how to shop securely never goes out of season, so be sure to check out last week’s episode for tips and best practices. And for more Decoding Security, subscribe on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play!

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Decoding Security 106: The Nightmare Before Christmas

If a compromised credit card isn’t on your wish list for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then be sure to check out the latest episode of Decoding Security! Your hosts, SiteLock Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall,  have some simple tips that all holiday shoppers can follow to keep your information safe.

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What is PCI Compliance?

Did you know that 27 percent of consumers don’t shop online due to fears their personal information might be stolen? Or that 65 percent of consumers who have had information compromised due to online shopping will no longer shop online or return to the site their information was compromised? These alarming statistics are based on a survey conducted by SiteLock in Q4 2017, in which 1,017 consumers were asked to assess their views on online shopping. These survey results illustrate that consumers are reluctant to shop online out of concern their personal information is not being protected from eCommerce stores.

As an eCommerce owner, are you doing enough to address and overcome your customers’ fears? If not, don’t worry – we’ll explain how you can protect your customers by using PCI compliance. We’ll also make sure you understand the ins and outs of PCI compliance, the steps to get started, and the penalties for not meeting PCI standards.

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Why Your Customers Fear Online Shopping

Ecommerce sites can look forward to overstuffed stockings this holiday season. Holiday sales are expected to increase by at least 4 percent this year, for an anticipated total of $1.04 trillion – and for the first time, online spending is expected to exceed in-store sales. In fact, consumers plan to spend 51 percent of their holiday shopping budget online, compared to 42 percent in stores.

Despite these trends, a recent study by SiteLock shows that nearly one in three online shoppers do not plan to shop online at all during the holidays.

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WordCamp Seattle 2017 – The Emerald City Event

This past weekend SiteLock attended WordCamp Seattle as a Gold sponsor. It was a heavily attended event with almost five hundred WordPress designers, developers, and content creators who filled the Washington State Convention Center’s Tahoma space on the third floor.

Our experience as a sponsor was excellent! Organizers did a fantastic job placing all the sponsor tables in the same room as registration and refreshments and we had ample room to interact with attendees and learn more about their businesses and the security needs of their clients.

In addition to chatting with attendees, we really love the content that WordCamps offer and the schedule in Seattle provided some unique talks. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Decoding Security 105: You’re Not Too Small To Be Hacked

Can your small business afford being hacked? According to CNBC, 50 percent of all small businesses have experienced a breach – and 60 percent of victims are out of business within six months due to the hefty cost of recovery. What makes small businesses such an easy target, and what can business owners do to keep their digital doors open? Find out in the latest episode of Decoding Security, as  Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra discuss small business cybersecurity, recent security news, and more.

You can learn more about cybersecurity in our previous episode, Endpoint Security. Check out past episodes of Decoding Security and subscribe for more on YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play!

WordCamp Phoenix 2017 – Feeling Right at Home

WordCamp Phoenix has a reputation for being a great event. And lucky for SiteLock, it was close to our headquarters in Scottsdale, allowing more of the SiteLock team to attend than usual, many of them first-time WordCampers!

As someone who works remotely and travels often, this event was especially fruitful for me because it meant I could spend some quality time with our entire team, many of whom I’ve never met in person due to our rapid growth.

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Heads Up: WordPress 4.8.3 Security Release

WordPress released version 4.8.3 today, which includes a critical security patch. WordPress is advising that all versions 4.8.2 and earlier are vulnerable to SQL injection attack, and that all sites using WordPress should be updated immediately.  The vulnerability in question is related to the $wpdb object where $wpdb->prepare() can create queries that allow attackers to inject malicious code into the MySQL database that powers the site. WordPress is reporting that the vulnerability does not impact core application files, but may impact plugins and themes that use WPDB. The security team has added hardening to prevent these add-ons from inadvertently creating the vulnerability.

We are recommending that all WordPress sites be updated immediately. If you have enabled automatic updates, these should complete within the next 24 hours. Additionally, all plugins and themes associated with your WordPress sites should be updated to their latest vendor provided versions. This will help to ensure your site is not compromised.
It is also recommended that you utilize a malware and vulnerability scanner, such as those provided with SiteLock INFINITY to prevent infections on your site.

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