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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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.
As cybercrime grows and evolves, malware remains a constant weapon in a cybercriminal’s armory. Malware, short for malicious software, is created with the intent of causing harm to a website or computer. Website malware can be used to steal sensitive customer information, hold websites for ransom, or even take control of the website itself. In many cases, victims of malware may not realize they’ve been attacked until it’s too late.
Over one million new malware threats are released daily, so knowing what you can do to check for and combat malware is essential for all website owners. To protect your website, it is critical to take matters into your own hands and become proactive about website security. There are two primary ways to do this; the first is by learning to check for signs of malware manually. The second, and most effective, way to protect against malware is by using a website scanner that detects malicious content and automatically removes it. Follow these steps to check your website for malware, starting by recognizing the common symptoms of malware.
Searching for content within a database can be a little trickier than searching files, but the options are pretty similar. Following up on last week’s blog titled, “How to Look for Malware in your Website Files” we talk about how to look for malware in databases and what types of things you should be looking for.
When you think of websites being infected with malware, what types of sites come to mind? Pharmaceutical sites, porn sites or sites that bombard you with pop-up ads? While these sites could very well be malicious, you’re actually more likely to run into malware while visiting one of your typical, everyday e-commerce or news sites. Today, 75 percent of legitimate websites are at risk of malware. Malware, also known as malicious software, is designed to harm a website and its visitors.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday frenzy. With the allure of Cyber Monday markdowns, it’s easy to forget to use proper precautions when shopping online. Everyone expects that all the ecommerce sites are safe, but there is always the possibility of getting tricked into visiting a website managed by cybercriminals. Here are a couple things to be mindful of as you shop online this weekend.
We’ve all seen the “trusted” site badge at the bottom of websites. But what does that badge mean? A truly secure website is one that is free from malware and viruses, and encrypts all data going through it to protect your personal, financial or other confidential information from being compromised.
Unfortunately, not all websites are secure, and that “Secure and Verified” badge might not be legitimate, or it may have been copied from somewhere else. Fortunately, there are several ways you can check to see if a website is safe to use:
If you’re on a web page that requires entry of your personal or private information, check to see if the URL in the address bar of your internet browser starts with “https://”. The letter S is very important, since it signifies that the website is using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), a communications protocol for secure communication. Don’t enter any information if the page is not secured by HTTPS.
Browsers represent HTTPS encryption with a lock icon (usually green) in the address bar. You can verify that a website is secure by clicking the lock icon in the address bar, which is typically located to the left of the URL, and a pop-up will appear, displaying security certificate information and other significant security details.
Keeping your personal data safe is not only the responsibility of the website you’re visiting, but you yourself must also take proper precautions when voluntarily sharing your information online.
Up-to-date contact information is another factor that helps determine if a site is secure. A site owner concerned about security will have, at the very least, a valid email address where any identified issues can be addressed. Ideally, the site will also include email, social media, telephone, and possibly a physical address.
If you see a “Secure and Verified” or similar badge at the bottom of a website, hover your cursor over it. If it goes to where it purports, clicking it should initiate a pop up displaying the correct certificate and verification information. If the information displayed does not match up with the website you’re visiting, it is not legitimate and most likely not secure.
The SiteLock Trust Seal is displayed on websites after they have been scanned by SiteLock and are deemed secure and malware-free, making them an option for customers. The Trust Seal clearly displays the name of the website verified, date of last scan, as well as the company’s information such as address and phone number. These details serve as proof that the site they’re visiting is in good standing and takes proper precautions against data compromises.
Follow the SiteLock blog to learn more about safe browsing and website security.
Did you know that there was an average of one data breach every single day in the U.S. last year? That more than 800 million records were exposed in data breaches last year? Or that the average cost of a data breach is now a staggering $3.5 million?
These are not statistics you want to be part of or costs you want to incur. So remember the following tips as part of your breach prevention program:
With luck, you’ve never experienced a website hack, but many of us have. You look at your site in the morning and it’s scrambled, gone, or worse – it’s showing links to unsavory sites. In some ways, that’s the least unfortunate case, because at least you know immediately that something is wrong.
It’s sad, but true – many website owners aren’t aware that their site has been hacked until the symptoms are serious. The importance of learning to recognize the signs of a hack cannot be overstated. Of course, it is best to have preventative measures in place to avoid the disastrous results caused by malicious hackers. But if your site has undergone an infiltration, there are some definite warning signs that require immediate attention.
Signs of a Website Hack
If your site has experienced any of the following problems, it is likely that it has already been hacked, and it is critical to get help immediately.
Search Engine Result Changes
If you are not in the habit of checking your search engine results, it is a habit you need to form. When looking at these results, if you observe pages with unusual names, or non site-related text and topics, you have been hacked.
Rapid Drop in Traffic
If potential visitors receive a warning that your site may be harmful to their computer, they will not click on your site. Alternatively, if they receive a virus warning from their own antivirus software, they will leave the instant it pops up. This will result in a significant decrease in traffic to your site, because you have been hacked.
If people are being redirected to another site when trying to access your site, you have been hacked.
If your source code has changed and contains new files, text, or links, you have been hacked. Check your source code frequently. It is an excellent indicator of malicious activity.
The one thing no website owner wants to see is a Google warning on their search engine listing. If you see “This site may harm your computer” next to your website listing, you have been hacked.
Someone Reports Getting a Virus
When a customer, or potential customer, gets a virus from your website, your credibility and reputation are at risk. You have been hacked.
It takes years to build a solid online reputation, but only seconds for a malicious hacker to destroy it. Don’t wait another day to be sure your website is secure. Contact SiteLock today at www.sitelock.com or 877-257-9263.