Internet security

  1. Imposter Domains: What They Are and How to Minimize Your Risks

    The word “Impostor” means “Phony, fraud, sham, pretender, cheat.”

    Nobody likes to be taken advantage of or to have their hard work stolen. Unfortunately, this is a crime that has been committed for centuries, and the cyber world is no exception. And while many people are aware of hacking, scams, and ransomware attacks, there are two additional ways that criminals are using the web – creating impostor domains and email spoofing, also known as Business Email Compromise (BEC).

    In recent weeks, the crime of Impostor Domains has made tech headlines. Impostor Domains, also known as a homoglyph, are defined by Glosbe as “a character identical or nearly identical in appearance to another, but which differs in the meaning it represents.” Microsoft defines the word as “the exploitation of similarities of alphanumeric characters by cybercriminals to create deceptive domains for unlawful impersonation of legitimate organizations.” The use of impostor domains is similar to another malicious practice is known as Typosquatting or URL hijacking, in which hackers intentionally register domains of well-known websites but with the domain intentionally misspelled.

  2. Phishing and Hacking on the Rise During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    One cannot go anywhere currently without Covid-19 being a part of the conversation. From retailers, restaurants, offices and places of worship, everyone has been affected. And, not surprisingly, the unscrupulous (hackers, phishing scams, and malware) on the Web have also found a way to take advantage of Covid-19.

    Hackers, scammers, and others have become so prevalent that Cloudflare (based out of the UK) recently reported that that online security threats have increased by 37% in just four weeks. In fact, Cloudflare reported that on some days it was blocking between four and six times the number of attacks normally seen! It was also noted by Google that in mid-April that every day there were over 18 million malware and phishing emails related to the pandemic. In addition, the organization behind Trickbot sent out hundreds of emails claiming to be from volunteer and humanitarian groups who offered testing and to have information regarding testing and medical advice. The Trickbot emails contained an assortment of attachments all designed to install malware onto the computer of anyone who opened it.

  3. How to Prevent Your Website from Being Hacked

    According to the 2019 Cybercrime Magazine study, website hacking will cost the world $5 trillion by 2021 -this is up by $3 trillion since 2015. Furthermore, cybercrime attacks are the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. Worse, the hackers are becoming more skilled and sophisticated than ever before. To put this in perspective, consider this: There are 111 billion lines of new software code written each year – meaning a significant amount of coding that can be exploited by hackers and more risks to your website’s security.

  4. Secure Websites Raleigh

    6 Ways to Avoid Getting Your WordPress Website Hacked

    When it comes to building a company website, it can be tempting to look for ways to save a little bit of money.  However, like many things in life, taking a shortcut doesn’t necessarily add value or save time/money in the long run. This is certainly true should you decide to use free or inexpensive plugins or website templates when you develop with WordPress.

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    What to Do if You Have been the Victim of a Cyber Attack

    In our last article, we talked about what to do to prevent a breach in cyber security. But what if you have already been the victim of a scam or malware attack? How do you move forward and protect yourself and your clients from being victims at a later date? The feelings associated with a cyber-attack range from disbelief to denial, anger, embarrassment and ultimately, being ready to take action.  The one thing you don’t need to do is PANIC.

  6. Tighten Up Your WordPress Website Security

    The basis of more than 73 million websites, WordPress is one of the most widely used Content Management Systems. It’s popular with web designers and end-users alike for numerous reasons. Unfortunately, its popularity can make it a target for hackers.

    Taking proactive steps to secure your WordPress files is vital to protecting your web presence and your business. To start, we strongly advise you keep WordPress up-to-date on your site (new security features are often released with each version) and choose passwords that are difficult for hackers to guess.