security

  1. Protecting Your Website: Lessons to Learn from the GoDaddy Breach

    Recently, GoDaddy announced that 1.2 million of their WordPress customers had been affected by unauthorized access. This breach was a result of GoDaddy’s use of plaintext passwords. This number does not include the many customers whose websites have been affected by the breach.

    The breach officially occurred in early September but was not identified until November 17th. GoDaddy responded quickly and took action to control and lessen the damage. However, it is believed that this data breach will have far-reaching consequences and that anyone who uses Go Daddy’s Managed WordPress arrangement should assume their site was affected until they hear otherwise.

  2. 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.

  3. WordPress Hosting

    9 Key Aspects to Evaluate for Great WordPress Hosting

    Every day numerous websites are hacked. It doesn’t matter how large or small the company is, any site is fair game to hackers. These hacking attacks are typically achieved with ease because hacking can be automated via “bots.” These bots scan the Web and look for specific vulnerabilities on a website. Elements such as plugins or themes with known vulnerabilities make it easy for hackers to attack your site. So, what actions do you take to minimize your risk?  One of the first things you can do is choose a hosting provider who will be there for you in the event that your site still gets hit- despite your precautions!

    That sounds easy- right? Perhaps, but not every hosting provider is the same. Not only do hosting providers vary in price, but the packages, type of server, and services differ. But, before delving into the must-have list for host providers, let’s take a moment to explain the types of servers- as those will play a significant role in the host provider selection process.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Is Your Website as Powerful as it Could Be? Tips for 2019!

    Did You Know….

    • Studies show that product/service assessment takes buyers about 90 seconds.
    • When that same shopper is looking to buy online, that number is reduced to 8 seconds – 94% of those impressions are influenced by the website design.
    • More startling, is that when shopping online, your product is not just judged for what it is but 75% of users judge your brand credibility based on your website design.

    Consequently, it is vital that you have a website design that commands the attention of your site guests, so that you can maximize user engagement.

  7. 4 Tips to Choose Secure WordPress Hosting 

    If you run a WordPress website, it’s important to have the right type of hosting. You can read more about choosing a reliable Managed WordPress Hosting Company here.

    In this article we are going to get a little more geeky into some server difference that often (or at least should) be addressed on a good WordPress hosting plan.

  8. GDPR Compliance: We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy

    In order to comply with the recent GDPR requirements which go into effect on May 25th 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy.

    If you have a website and have questions about how the GDPR may affect you, check out this article by WP Beginner.

    You may also want to consider a plugins such as this one for adding GDPR compliance to your website.

    If you have any questions about how we handle your data, please don’t hesitate to  contact us.