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Monday, August 10, 2020

Archive for the 'Website Security' Category

Would you leave your home unlocked and the door open? #ad

Being careless about your security can cause your downfall. Unfortunately, according to the Ponemon Institute, 73%+ of website owners are doing the same to their business, with little or no security in place. The door is wide open to hackers. Is your site one of them?The sad truth is that you’re never too small to get hacked. But there are answers to the hacking epidemic.Since 2012, Matt Garrett has been developing and refining his BlogDefender software that protects WordPress blogs from hacks and malware. Each year or so, he presents a refined version with new sophistication and adaptations... [...]

If Google ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

We just noticed (a little late) that effective October, 2017 Google has taken action to build a more secure web by using their 50% share of the browser market to warn their Chrome customers whenever they visit a site that doesn’t have an SSL certificate.Fortunately, it didn’t impact us because we have had an SSL certificate for tears, but you might not be so lucky.Most people get worried when their browser warns them about a site they are visiting. They may choose to go elsewhere for their purchases. The warning only is shown on pages where the visitor can enter information, so squeeze... [...]

Who is lurking in your Wi-Fi?

In the last day or two, there has been an announcement by security boffins that the implementation of Wi-Fi security protections in many devices has been not quite as secure as it needs to be. As one reviewer puts it, it has been discovered that there is ” a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates.”In the online article Everything With Wi-Fi Has a Newly Discovered Security Flaw. Here’s How to Protect Yourself, Time magazine describes the problem, “In some cases, a hacker could exploit KRACK to inject malware such as ransomware into websites,... [...]

WP Total Audit; We bought, installed on IM NewsWatch #ad

All sites have some risk of hacking, but WordPress sites are especially prone to hacking because they are all, by default, organized the same way so crooks can write software to explore the site, mine its data and plant malicious code.That’s a problem because, right now, your site may be at risk. But you can make your site an exception, making it hard to hack by not using the default behaviors, instead changing your site in ways hackers aren’t prepared for.WP Total Audit not only shows you how to harden your site, it also includes a WordPress plugin you can install to automate most... [...]

Why the missing “S” in HTTPS will hurt your site #ad

Google wants you to be ‘HTTPS’, a secure site. Secure sites are critical to visitor safety, and Google wants to only send traffic to safe sites. If you want to continue getting traffic from Google you need to make sure you can show people (and Google) an HTTPS URL. If Google says your site’s not secure, how will your visitors react? Naturally, you will see lost visitors and lower conversions.This is an urgent problem because beginning in January 2017, Google Chrome starts adding warning labels for any websites asking for passwords and/or credit card information which without... [...]

Your WordPress blog may be at risk of hacking #ad

WordPress is a popular platform for blogs and other websites. That’s because it’s so easy to use. People have flocked to this quick way to build and maintain a site, but this popularity has it’s dark side, too.So many people, all using the same online software, form a big target for hackers. When they find a vulnerability in WordPress, they have a million websites where they can exploit that vulnerability.So WordPress site owners need to be especially vigilant to avoid having their site taken over by hackers.Even sites owned by governments, sites that we might rightly consider... [...]

Protect your WordPress site from hackers, malware and more #ad

These are scary and they are real threats to your site:• Hackers• Botnets• Malware• Code Injections• SQL or XSS attacks.Technology experts are warning us about the risks to our site integrity and even survival if the bad guys get into our site’s back office. And unfortunately, WordPress (and the many plugins and themes we add to it) are particularly at risk.If you have a WordPress site, you need to be aware of the potential for hackers to use inherent weaknesses in poorly written add-ins and in WordPress, itself, to infiltrate your site. You need to take explicit... [...]

Americans Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Their Privacy Online

In a cautionary article on Forbes.com. Bill Hardekopf reports that Americans are over-confident about how secure their passwords are. He refers to a study by Avast that finds “Nearly every American consumer (98%) believes they are creating safe passwords, but a recent study shows that only 6% are actually doing so.” It is a fair assumption that Americans aren’t unique and that this is a worldwide problem.Most people use passwords of 8 characters or less and limit the characters to letters and numbers, although using Capital letters, small letters, numbers and special characters... [...]

TrafficShield stops hackers in their tracks #ad

You never want to have your website hacked. It’s even worse than having your PC hacked. The problem is that some hackers are very clever, and probe any weakness in your defenses in your site that they can find.By the way, WordPress sites are especially vulnerable. When they probe many WordPress sites they find abundant opportunities to penetrate defenses and do their malicious damage. Without taking extra precautions, your WordPress site may have open doors that welcome hackers into your administrative system.Even if they don’t succeed, these attempts to penetrate your site eat up... [...]

Has your WP site been hacked? 3 out of 4 have. #ad

We have warned you in the past about the risks of hacking for a WordPress site. The fact that there are millions of sites using WordPress, all of them configured by default the same way, means that when a crook finds his way into one site, he can find his way into almost all.If you want yours to be one of the exceptions, you may need ;Blog Defender 2015, the latest version of Matt Garrett’s protective shield for WordPress, first released in 2012.Garrett reports that since the first release, none of the 2500+ sites it protects has been hacked.That’s a significant improvement, from 75% hacked... [...]