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Decoding Security 110: It’s A Matter of Trust

We’re just days into 2018 and cybersecurity already has its first major headline of the year: Meltdown and Spectre. By exploiting common features found in modern microprocessors, cybercriminals have been able to use the attacks known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” to steal sensitive information from any computer, device, and even the cloud. We’ll walk you through how and why Meltdown and Spectre happened, and which security patches are already available.

We’ll also provide an overview of the principle of least privilege, the concept of restricting user permissions as a preemptive security measure. Join our hosts, security analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall, as they provide important tips that everyone, from parents to CTOs, can use to protect themselves from the cybersecurity risks caused by human error.

Want to learn more about how both businesses and individuals can improve their cybersecurity savvy? Check out our past podcasts on endpoint and website security or social media security. For more Decoding Security, subscribe on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play!

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How To Check Your Website For Malware

As cybercrime grows and evolves, malware remains a constant weapon in a cybercriminal’s armory. Malware, short for malicious software, is created with the intent of causing harm to a website or computer. Website malware can be used to steal sensitive customer information, hold websites for ransom, or even take control of the website itself. In many cases, victims of malware may not realize they’ve been attacked until it’s too late.

Over one million new malware threats are released daily, so knowing what you can do to check for and combat malware is essential for all website owners. To protect your website, it is critical to take matters into your own hands and become proactive about website security. There are two primary ways to do this; the first is by learning to check for signs of malware manually. The second, and most effective, way to protect against malware is by using a website scanner that detects malicious content and automatically removes it. Follow these steps to check your website for malware, starting by recognizing the common symptoms of malware.

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4 Steps to Securing Your Startup Website

As a startup, your website is critical to your success: it’s the face of your business and likely your primary channel for revenue and lead generation. However, your website and your business are put at risk every day by an unseen threat: cyberattacks.

The average website experiences 59 attacks every day, any of which could result in stolen customer data, blacklisting by search engines, or suspension by your web host. A successful attack on your site could also impact revenue, tarnish your reputation, and degrade customer loyalty. To protect against a possible cyberattack and mitigate the consequences it could have on your business, you’ll need to invest in website security.

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Decoding Security 109: New Year’s Resolutions

If your New Year’s resolution is to protect yourself from cyberattacks, you’re in luck! This week on Decoding Security, security analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall share their predictions for the top cybercrime trends in 2018. Our hosts also identify ways you can arm yourself against these ever-evolving threats. We don’t want to give away their predictions, but we’ll give you a hint: if your holiday gifts included a digital assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, be sure to tune in!

We’ll also catch you up on the latest cybersecurity news, including the 25 Worst Passwords of 2017 and a leaky server that exposed 300,000 email addresses and login credentials from Ancestry.com.

Happy New Year from SiteLock and Decoding Security! Our New Year’s resolution is to continue to bring you a fun and informative podcast, so make sure you keep up by subscribing on YouTube,  iTunes, or Google Play!

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Patchman Now Protecting Ecommerce Sites

Patchman, best known for patching application vulnerabilities and helping hosts stop abuse before it begins, is expanding its product offering for the first time since being acquired by SiteLock in July 2017.  Patchman, which is based in the Netherlands, was founded in 2015 with the goal of securing CMS applications from the hosting provider level to protect customers who did not update their applications in a timely manner. Up until now, Patchman has focused on the “Big Three” of open source content management systems – WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal – covering core application vulnerability patches. Now, for the first time, Patchman is expanding their offerings into both ecommerce and plugins – offering patches for Magento core vulnerabilities and WooCommerce vulnerabilities.

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SMART PLUS

Introducing SiteLock SMART PLUS

The only solution in the industry to offer file-based malware scanning and automatic core security patching for WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal, in addition to database scanning for WordPress websites has arrived! Introducing SMART PLUS!

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Decoding Security 108: 2017 – The Year Everyone Got Hacked

2017 was a big year for malware, hacks, and data breaches. Voting machines proved to be easily hackable, Uber was caught paying off cybercriminals, and of course, Equifax experienced a breach that affected 140 million Americans. On the latest episode of Decoding Security, security analysts Jessica Ortega, Ramuel Gall, and producer/security analyst Topher Tebow count down the top ten cybersecurity issues of the past year.

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Joomla! Core Update 3.8.3 Released

Last week Joomla! announced the release of version 3.8.3, which includes  over 60 bug fixes and feature improvements.  While the new updates don’t include any critical security changes, there are changes that prepare for Joomla! 4.x which is in the works for 2018 such as encryption support and support for PHP version 7.2.   These changes will help to make future core releases of Joomla! more secure.

The update report also boasts updates to the core code base to make it cleaner and faster as well as improved search engine friendly URL functionality. The new functionality will give website owners additional control over their search engine friendly URLs and meta tags, making it easier to optimize websites for popular search engines.  Categories, tags, and menus for posts also got a facelift allowing users to make posts easier to find on their websites. The biggest change in the new Joomla! version is multilingual site support, which allows content translation in a single interface within the Joomla! administration panel.  For more information all of the bugs fixed in the Joomla! 3.8.3, you can review the full list on the Joomla! Github.

You can download the new version from Joomla.org right now, and if you’re not ready to complete the full feature upgrade our new  SMART PLUS security solution includes full Joomla! support to ensure your sites are secure and free of malware.

The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017

Announcing The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017

SiteLock is proud to share the latest installment of our quarterly security report, The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017!

Featuring exciting new research, the SiteLock Website Security Insider Q3 2017 reveals that cybercriminals continue to become more ambitious. This confirms what we concluded in Q2 2017: that website owners are more likely than ever to experience a cyberattack.

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Decoding Security 107: Your Episode Title is the Last 4 of Your Social + Your Mother’s Maiden Name

Whether it’s a photo that should have never been posted or an angry Facebook rant, it’s not uncommon to see others oversharing on the internet. But did you know that what you post on social media can make your profile a gold mine of information that can be used against you? Cybercriminals can easily build profiles and create targeted attacks, such as a personalized phishing scam, simply based on information about a person or business found freely online.  SiteLock Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall discuss the little-known dangers of social media and what individuals and businesses can do to stay safe.

Also in this episode, our security experts discuss the latest headlines in cybersecurity news. For example, the city of Chicago is suing Uber for covering up a data breach that disclosed the data of 57 million users. And, a security researcher recently discovered a vulnerability in Facebook’s new polling feature that could allow hackers to delete any photo on the network. If you’re concerned that your favorite app may have compromised your information, our hosts can help you understand what happened, and what you can do about it.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us, but knowing how to shop securely never goes out of season, so be sure to check out last week’s episode for tips and best practices. And for more Decoding Security, subscribe on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play!

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