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5 Must-Read Cybersecurity Websites

Cyber MondayThere’s no doubt that cybersecurity is on the rise. As the world continues to experience data breaches, more and more of these stories have been filling headlines.

With so much cybersecurity overage, it can be difficult to sort through the noise and identify the most important stories. That said, we’ve put together a list of the top five must-read websites that you should add to your daily reading list:

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DoS vs. DDoS: One on One, or One on Many

DoS vs DDoSPlease read the following post with this notion in mind: DoS doesn’t refer to the classic operating system, nor is DDoS a “Different” version of this system.

DoS and DDoS are two common types of cyber attacks that can block legitimate users from getting access to your website. Both attacks can cause companies to lose millions of dollars in just a few hours. According to Incapsula, the average cost of a successful DDoS attack is $500,000. Although these two attacks look similar and both have unfavorable financial influences, the difference between them is more than just the letter “D.”

DoS Attack

A Denial-of-Service attack (DoS attack) is a type of cyber attack executed from a single server or a home network. It can compromise your website in the following ways:

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XSS vulnerability - cross-site scripting

XSS Vulnerability Found In WP Super Cache Plugin

A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was recently revealed in the WordPress caching plugin, WP Super Cache.

What Does The WP Super Cache Plugin Do?

WP Super Cache converts dynamic WordPress pages into static HTML.  This creates pages that are quicker to serve to visitors than a database-generated page. Great for high traffic sites, WP Super Cache’s popularity has garnered over a million downloads.

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SiteLock President Named to Prestigious Online Trust Alliance’s Board

Neill Feather

SiteLock announced today that its president, Neill Feather, has joined the board of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to building online trust.

“SiteLock’s mission aligns perfectly with that of the OTA, so it is a pleasure for me to join its board and forward both our organizations’ goals,” noted Neill Feather, President of SiteLock. “SiteLock and the OTA are strong proponents of educating businesses and, collectively, we hope to share best practices and thwart the rising number of dangerous and malicious cybercriminal efforts.”

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OTA’s 2015 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) recently released its 2015 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide for its seventh consecutive year. This guide helps provide businesses with prescriptive advice to help optimize data privacy and security practices to prevent, detect, contain and remediate the risk and impact of data loss incidents and breaches.

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SiteLock and Web.com Group Announce New Partnership

sitelock web.com partnershipSiteLock website security just announced a partnership with Web.com earlier today, who will now offer SiteLock’s suite of website security products to customers who sign up for their hosting plans.

Web.com, including Network Solutions and Register.com, hosting customers will be offered options for bundled packages of SiteLock’s security services – which include daily website scanning and automatic malware removal along with TrueShield™ web application firewall, which protects websites from malicious traffic and blocks harmful requests.

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Don’t FREAK: Key Facts About the Latest OpenSSL Vulnerabilities

Factoring Attack on RSA-Export Key (FREAK)FREAK (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Key) is one of the latest web security threats to go public, which works by weakening users’ encrypted connections on SSL and TLS, allowing a hacker to intercept and decipher data.

The threat affects mostly mobile device browsers, such as Apple’s Safari and Android device browsers, but it also affects older versions of OpenSSL including 1.0.2, 1.0.1, 1.0.0 and 0.9.8. Version 1.0.2 of OpenSSL has been classified under a “high” severity of vulnerability.

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SiteLock Website Security

Malware Decoded: How SiteLock Cleans Infected Websites

Identifying and cleaning malware is part of our everyday life here at SiteLock, and we know for many website owners cybersecurity can be an intimidating topic. That’s why we thought we’d share a simple case of what a common infection looks like, and demonstrate how SiteLock finds, fixes, and prevents malware.

During a malware clean of a new customer’s site, we found some simple, well-known malware — a perfect example for an introductory post on malware. The site was compromised through an arbitrary file upload and malicious code was ultimately injected into the index of the site. Likely an automated process, the code was injected before the closing <body> tag.

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Increase Website Speed

How to Lose a Customer in Four Seconds

Remember the days when you could stop to make your morning coffee while waiting for a website to load? How about the times you wondered if your Internet was down because a picture took more than a few minutes to render? In the time it’s taken you to read this beautifully crafted intro, some websites will have lost precious traffic because their load time was over four seconds. Customers will wait — at most — 15 seconds, then leave your site and never come back. This may not seem like a big deal, but it has fiscal impacts on businesses of all sizes. Research by Kissmetrics revealed that even one second page delay could potentially cost businesses $2.5 million in sales every year.

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Yoast SQLi injection

SQL Injection Vulnerability In Yoast WordPress SEO  

This past Wednesday, Yoast, makers of one of the most popular WordPress plugins, WordPress SEO by Yoast, disclosed a blind SQL injection vulnerability against authenticated users given a successful cross site request forgery (CSRF) attack.

What is blind SQL injection and CSRF, how can the WordPress SEO vulnerability affect your site, and what should you do about it?

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