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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.
Consumers have endless choices of where to shop this holiday season and your store – whether brick & mortar or online— must stand out. A well-designed, easy to use website is critical in cutting through the clutter to attract holiday shoppers and drive them to make a purchase. However, it’s important note that the same features you use to improve your user experience and retain customers can also leave your website vulnerable to a cyberattack and pose a significant threat to your business. Learn what we mean by this…
Consider this scenario: You’re the VP of IT for an insurance company. It’s 4 a.m. and you receive a frantic phone call from your CEO who informs you that sensitive client information (credit card numbers, SSN’s) has been leaked. Completely stunned, you look for answers. Turns out someone injected a Paline of malicious script into your website source code… nearly two months ago.
A recent report from PandaLabs suggests that “there were twice as many malware infections in 2014 compared to 2013” and that 2015 could be even worse. Today’s attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and a simple malware injection can compromise your entire database.
One of the most effective and efficient ways to prevent attacks is by employing a type of website scanner. Website scan tools run in the background and can immediately identify malware and vulnerabilities but not all scanners are made equally. External malware scanners crawl each page of a site, much like a search engine, and look for malicious links or script, while internal malware scanners download a site’s source code and analyze each line looking for the signatures of malicious code. Finally, penetration testing scanners manipulate URLs and forms to attempt to exploit weaknesses in code.
- Identify malware and receive notifications if issues are found, helping keep your information secured and your website from being blacklisted
- Automatic remediation of known threats
- Ensure network security by checking ports on your server to make sure only appropriate visitors gain access to your website
- Monitor FTP and file change to provide you with full visibility of website changes
- Protect your database from SQL injections by probing your website for weaknesses
Companies should be cautious when making purchase decisions for a scanning product as poorly performed scans can negatively impact your site’s ability to conduct business. For instance, some scanners submit thousands of requests to web forms – such as contact forms – to probe for weaknesses. Similarly, poorly designed vulnerability tests can spam your inbox with testing emails and impact the performance of your website due to unnecessary load (similar to DDoS).
SiteLock INFINITY is a safe and efficient solution that provides well-designed and continuous scanning, including the only automatic detection and removal in the industry. For an added layer of security, the SiteLock TrueShield Web Application Firewall (WAF) prevents malicious traffic from even getting in. Active website scanning tools and a WAF will help mitigate cyber attacks, and more importantly, protect your customer’s valuable data. For more information on integrating these solutions into your existing website call 855.378.6200.
Happy Cyber Monday! If your website has survived the Thanksgiving rush, let’s hope it doesn’t suffer from a post-Thanksgiving malware hangover. Because in the usual run up to Christmas, the only people busier than elves are hackers. And their favorite tool this year appears to be malware. What’s a website to do without trusted malware removal?
We took a look at many of the top security stories to hit the headlines in just the last couple of weeks, and it’s not surprising that most of them were about malware.
Security firm Symantec says that hackers have recently been very successful in delivering a nasty gift of malware to unsuspecting users by blasting out emails pretending to be antivirus software updates. What makes the emails so convincing, according to Symantec, is that they look very authentic and incorporate logos from most of the popular antivirus products – probably even those that you use. Because most users are likely to be familiar with the brands and use at least one of them, it makes the email appear more personal and genuine. And therefore more likely to be opened. And clicked – which is what causes the most damage.
Security firm Trusteer also announced that it discovered some of the most advanced financial malware yet, malware that not only has more features than any previous malware, but also creates a private and secure communications channel back to the hackers behind it. According to Trusteer, the malware can steal information entered into web forms as well as steal log-in credentials from dozens of the most popular FTP clients.
And this is especially dangerous to small businesses in the U.S. If this malware is able to steal the login and password for your business bank account, it will very quickly empty that account. And small business accounts are not protected by zero liability. So if the thieves steal every last dime you have in the bank account, you’re out of luck. And maybe even out of business.
To add to the misery, Trend Micro also reported that it discovered more than 200,000 different types of malware targeted at online banking in just the third quarter of this year, with at least 25% of them targeted at U.S. banks.
One of the most dangerous pieces of malware in circulation right now is Cryptolocker. This is ransomware. Once it infects your computer, it will encrypt or lock your files and then demand a ransom to unlock them so you can use them again. The ransom can vary, from $300 to more than $3,000. And even if you pay the ransom, chances are you still won’t get your data back. And thousands of users have fallen victim. Even one police department admitted that Cryptolocker had managed to kidnap their data.
And not to be left out, researchers have discovered that even the NSA has turned to malware to do their job, infecting at least 50,000 with a botnet that will allow them to spy on those computers.
To add website malware scanning and defense to your holiday to-do list call SiteLock at 855.378.6200.
If you’re like most small business owners, you probably don’t believe that something as small as a piece of malware could threaten your business. After all, what could you possibly have that malware could want? And why would a hacker pick on you when they have so many bigger fish to go after?
Maybe this story will change your mind. A very small, nine-person business in southern California recently announced that it would have to close down suddenly and permanently after a small piece of malware known as a banking Trojan managed to slip on to the computer of one of its employees.
Ever heard the saying “if you fail to plan then you plan to fail”? This is just as true in security as it is in business, and the lack of a clear plan to protect your business from cyber risks usually results in no real protection at all.
An information or cyber security plan is a very simple and free tool that can have a profound impact on how well your business is protected from cyber threats. A security plan is a short document, often no longer that a few pages, that outlines:
In our last post, we introduced you to the new automatic malware scanner SiteLock is offering to its customers, SiteLock Secure Malware Alert and Removal Tool (SMART). We discussed the setup and configuration of the scanning system. Now, we’re going to show you the tool’s dashboard and reporting options that detect and display any malicious pieces of code that are hidden in your website.
The SMART Dashboard
Now that SMART has been configured and has started scanning your website files, it’s time to take a look at the results. Before we do, there are a few things about the interface you should know about:
Cybercriminals are intelligent and malicious, and their sole purpose is to compromise your website security, in an effort to confiscate valuable, confidential and personal data. No website, large or small, is exempt from unscrupulous cyber attacks. The infamous website hackers that make headlines concentrate their efforts on major corporations, government entities and other high-profile organizations. However, there are equally dangerous cybercriminals that prey on small businesses and individuals.
Why Are Small Businesses Targets By Cybercriminals?
The vulnerability of small businesses is greater, due to a lack of expertise in the area of security and limited resources to employ a security professional. In 2010, the National Retail Federation and First Data Corporation conducted a survey targeting small to mid-sized businesses. The results were significant and revealed that more than half of the businesses surveyed thought that they were not susceptible to credit card and personal data theft. Half of the businesses surveyed had not checked the effectiveness of their website’s security system. This is the kind of news that cybercriminals love to hear.
How Cybercriminals Find Vulnerable Targets
Cyber criminals use sophisticated scanning devices to locate security weaknesses. Their goal is to penetrate the limited security most small businesses use. This can spell disaster for a company. One security breach can result in the loss of credibility, as well as the loss of your customers’ trust. USA Today and the Wall Street Journal have recently published articles referencing the increase in cyber attacks on small to mid-sized companies. They steal funds from the business, as well as the credit card information of their clients and customers. It’s a double whammy.
These Internet thieves have planted malicious software, or malware, in the terminals of computerized cash registers, lifting credit card numbers and passwords. Inserted malware links in emails entice unwitting victims to websites that harvest all of their personal information including credit card data, passwords and bank account numbers. The email claims to be from the IRS, their bank, or other financial institutions and always requires an “urgent” response. It only takes one careless employee to make the mistake that can bring a business to its financial knees.
What Can Small Businesses Do?
Internet security is a critical “must” for every business. the increase in criminal cyber attacks on small businesses has created the need for affordable and comprehensive website security. SiteLock is a company founded for the purpose of providing affordable website security solutions for small to mid-sized businesses. SiteLock’s technology specialists have developed a 360-degree website scanning system that provides deep scanning to expose any vulnerabilities on your website. If issues are detected, SiteLock can provide the service you need to remove malware, clean up your site and secure it against future attacks.
Building Online Trust
As technology advances and the global market continues to expand, small companies depend more and more on their websites to increase business. They have to assure their customers that their website is a safe place to conduct business. SiteLock builds confidence and trust with your customers and has proven to increase sales. With the SiteLock Trust Seal, your customers will feel safe conducting business on your website, resulting in increased conversions.
Don’t take chances when there is affordable security at your fingertips with SiteLock. Call 855-378-6200 to find a SiteLock security package that fits your website size and complexity.