More often than not, when people think of a hacker, they think of someone technologically infiltrating a network and stealing mass amounts of sensitive information sitting behind it. In actuality, hackers tend to employ methods that take advantage of individual users, often in tandem with some form of social engineering.
Darin Wilson founded Bluedge Business Solutions in 2010 after several friends and colleagues reached out to him for help with their businesses. Bluedge is a comprehensive marketing and business development firm specializing in marketing, branding and planning for companies of all sizes. Wilson stands by the Bluedge philosophy for each of his clients: create an effective three-tier marketing plan by synchronizing the client’s goals, sales plan and tactics.
Wilson’s website, bluedgebiz.com, is the face of his firm. The site provides visitors with information about the company’s services and project portfolio. Prospecting clients visit bluedgebiz.com to read and request information. It is very important to Wilson’s business that the site is available to his visitors at all times.
The new school semester has begun and is off to a great start. Your students are engaged, prepared and full of spirit. Ready for their first test, they log in to their online student portal to access the exam. Just as the test is about to begin, the website crashes. Panic ensues among the students, who instantly turn to twitter and email for help.
Here’s what happened: The school did not have proper website security in place and consequently was the target of a cyberattack that shut down its website. Higher education institutions are attractive and lucrative targets to cybercriminals. In 2015, the education sector was among the top three sectors breached, behind healthcare and retail. College campuses store a wealth of confidential student and faculty data, including medical records, financial information and intellectual property for products and prescription drugs. Some of the most common attacks cybercriminals use to breach higher education institutions are hacking, malware and DDoS attacks.
Talking about cybersecurity is equivalent to addressing the elephant in the room. It needs to be addressed, but the issue often gets pushed to the backburner. Studies show that 70 percent of Americans shop online at least once a month. However, over 30 percent of consumers say they hesitate to make those purchases due to security concerns, like credit card data theft.
As an online retailer, it is time to address the elephant in the room by addressing your customers’ fears. To get you started, we cover four basic—yet essential—tips to protect your eCommerce site.
Searching for content within a database can be a little trickier than searching files, but the options are pretty similar. Following up on last week’s blog titled, “How to Look for Malware in your Website Files” we talk about how to look for malware in databases and what types of things you should be looking for.
Did you know that SiteLock scans more web pages in a day than McDonald’s sells hamburgers? How about that we analyze more source code files per day than Dominos sells pizzas in a year? We’ve put together this infographic to give you an idea of how quickly we work to mitigate cyber threats.
It can come as quite a surprise when a site owner is notified that their site has been compromised with malware. After the shock wears off, and the immediate impact understood, it’s important to take stock of what has actually happened behind the scenes and then clean it up. The best advice anyone can give you is to make frequent, downloaded backups of your site in the event something happens to the live version so that the clean backup can replace the live, hacked version.
But what if there is no clean, viable backup available? In a world where websites have hundreds, if not thousands of files, how can any one person go about cleaning out an infection in just a small number of those files? In this two part series, we’ll talk about how to look for malware in both files and databases and give a couple examples of what to be on the lookout for.
Cybercriminals are unpredictable. They’ll surprise you by sneaking into your website, executing attacks and harming your data and business. You can think of it like a baseball game, in which the hacker is trying to make it to the next base without getting called out. Secure all your bases by learning a little about how hackers attack your website.