Have you ever signed into your email only to find a flood of unread emails? Silly question, of course you have. Some of those emails probably get deleted immediately, while others might sit idle in your inbox for weeks. Then there are those emails from your mom, your bank or your boss that require a prompt response… especially the ones from your boss (sorry mom). Have you ever had the feeling that maybe the email labeled as from your boss actually isn’t from your boss at all? This may seem a little far-fetched, but it does happen, and it happens quite often.
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The first round of @WordCampSD tickets sold out within hours of being announced and stunned us all. The second and final round sold out March 1, a mere week after opening sales. Unfortunately, it was also twenty-four days before I officially stepped into my new role as Product Evangelist at SiteLock. It was looking like I missed the boat. In this case, the boat would, of course, be the USS Midway; the majestic World War II era aircraft carrier-turned-museum permanently moored across the San Diego Bay from San Diego International Airport … and WordCamp San Diego.
Over the past couple of years, it has become apparent that similar to home and office computers needing anti-virus software and a firewall to keep them protected, individual websites have become a prime target for hackers, and they too require some form of protection. As it becomes a more lucrative racket for hackers worldwide, it’s more important than ever to understand what malware, or malicious software, is, and how it has increasingly become a problem for websites of all sizes. Before we talk about how a website can be protected from malware, let’s first cover some common purposes of malware, how it generally works and what it means for a website after it’s infected.
California is known for Hollywood, sunny weather, its beaches, and now, data breaches. The Golden State is the most populous state in America, making it an appealing target to cybercriminals. This information was gathered from the February 2016 California Data Breach Report by the Attorney General of the California Department of Justice.
Yesterday on Twitter, Dr.-Ing. Mario Heiderich of security firm Cure53 announced an unauthenticated cross-site scripting flaw in WordPress version 4.5, the current version as of the announcement, and below.
Cross-site scripting, or XSS, flaws are vulnerabilities in a website’s code where malicious actors can execute, or trick visitors or administrators to execute, malicious code in a visitor’s browser.
According to a recent report from Google, nearly all website owners rely solely on Google’s Safe Browsing program to alert them when their site has been hacked. The report concludes that only 6% of webmasters discovered an infection via proactive monitoring for suspicious activity. That’s alarming.
It is hard to image that over half of a country’s population could fall victim to a data breach, but the reality is, no one is exempt from cyberattacks.
The country of Turkey was hit with a massive data breach in early April 2016, exposing 50 million of its citizens. With 80 million people living in Turkey, the leak impacts more than half the country’s population. The leaked data included the names, addresses, birth dates, and national identification numbers of the victims. The cybercriminal has not yet been identified, but it appears the hacker was motivated by political issues and used the data breach as a way to declare his dissatisfaction with certain political figures.
We can’t believe that our first @WordCampJax is over already! The weekend was filled with new faces, educational talks and some great networking. We were very excited to be present, as this year was Jacksonville’s first! The Camp organizers did an incredible job putting together a fun-filled weekend; one we will not soon forget!
The first ever WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006 and was organized by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg. WordCamps have since grown to include six continents, 48 countries, 66 cities and counting. Each individual WordCamp is planned by volunteers and brings its own local flavor. Jacksonville was no exception, with our hotel located near the popular Jacksonville Landing, and our after-party event at the eccentric Kickbacks, the Jacksonville team made sure we had a true local experience.
We kicked off our second quarter of 2016 with a trip to weird and wonderful Austin, Texas for the second annual #WooConf! WooConf is an event focused on online storeowners and developers that use the eCommerce solution WooCommerce. If you’re in eCommerce and you don’t know what WooCommerce is, you should! Used by more than 37 percent of all online stores on the Internet (according to BuiltWith.com), WooCommerce is the number one eCommerce platform in the world by volume. This year’s conference brought more than 30 top-tier presenters from the space to share their expertise and experience.
Many individual and small company forays on the web are through WordPress on shared hosting accounts, and it’s not uncommon for a shared hosting account to hold multiple WordPress sites as needs and business grow. Site owners maintain each and every WordPress install, managing content, configuration, users and updates. At least they should. Maintaining multiple sites in a single shared hosting account is time-consuming and, as we’ll see, risky as each site on the account is a point of access that has to be secured.