Tag: Security

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How to Stay Secure on Public WiFi

As the digital workforce continues to expand, more people are dependant on public WiFi than ever before. Whether it’s the local coffee shop or co-working space, the availability of an internet connection wherever we go has helped foster a growing segment of remote employees.

However, that convenience can come with a potentially hefty price if you’re not focused on staying secure when connecting to 3rd party WiFi signals. In this post, we’ll discuss the best practices for keeping yourself, and your private data, secure when connecting to public WiFi.

Is Public WiFi Safe?

The short answer is no.

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The Benefits of Securing Your Client Websites

Welcome to the second article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In our first post, I talked about the importance of securing your own site first, and what can happen if you don’t. If you’ll recall, a website hack ruined my first internet business and I want to make sure you’re doing all you can to mitigate the risks to your own website, and those of your clients.

Let’s assume your own site is secured. Great. Now, what about your client sites? Are you actively implementing basic security best practices on the sites you hand over? This post will talk about why securing your clients’ websites is important to your immediate and long-term business.

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Ask a Security Professional: WordPress Database Security Part One — Anatomy of WordPress

For most people the year is still just getting started, but for some website owners the year has already packed quite a punch in the form of website attacks. This month hackers exploiting a vulnerability in the WordPress REST API successfully defaced over a million websites in what has become one of the largest website defacement campaigns to date. The attacks injected content that overwrote existing posts on WordPress websites running versions 4.7 and 4.7.1, leaving website owners with an immeasurable number of “Hacked by” posts across the droves of impacted websites.WordPress REST API

Many website owners who have unfortunately found themselves in the proverbial trenches of a digital battlefront, some of which had at least some security measures, are facing a difficult data recovery situation. It is from these recent events that the next Ask a Security Professional question was crafted; How can I better protect my data?

I feel that it’s important to fully understand what the problem is in order to best understand what forms a solution can take. In Part One of #AskSecPro we’ll cover an introduction to some of the infrastructure behind WordPress. Let’s start at the beginning.

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Zombie Rush — DDoS Botnets

It’s Halloween and zombies are afoot. They’re not coming through the windows or wading through the streets, though. The massive zombie horde approaches through the spider-filled web that has been spun to cover the entire world … the worldwide web, that is. However, it isn’t an undead army we have to worry about, although one could not say what is yet to come this All Hallows’ Eve, it’s botnets of zombie machines that have taken aim to disrupt services.

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Moving On From Adobe Flash

With any web technology there comes a time to move on to the next level. Adobe Flash is notoriously insecure, resource intensive, and poorly supported on mobile devices. The process for phasing out Flash has been underway for some time, and now may be an advantageous time for developers and end users to move on from Adobe’s long-time media platform.

This week we’ll discuss:

  • The reasons you may want to move on from Adobe Flash
  • What alternatives exist and their advantages
  • What you can do specifically as an end user and site owner

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Breach

daily breachSeems like hardly a day goes by without a report of yet another data breach. And that’s because a day doesn’t go by without one. There has been an average of one reported data breach every day for the last five years, and 2014 has no intention of bucking the trend.

According to the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been 411 reported data breaches in the U.S. in the first six months of this year. That works out to an average of more than two data breaches every day. And those data breaches combined have exposed an estimated 11 million records.

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