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Decoding Security Episode 103: Internet of Things

Internet-connected devices can make our lives easier, from home assistants like Amazon Echo, to interactive toys like CloudPets. However, they’re also inherently insecure and easily hacked, a factor many overlook in favor of convenience.  In our latest Decoding Security podcast, Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra discuss the risks of using internet-connected  devices in our everyday lives, and the costs of security versus convenience.

Missed our last episode: Securing Your Website? Don’t worry, you can now subscribe to Decoding Security on YouTube, as well as  your preferred podcasting service, including iTunes and Google Play!

Malware Removal

How Website Vulnerabilities Are Getting Your Site Hacked

We all know someone who’s been in a difficult position following a security breach. They are rushing to assess the damage, while simultaneously repairing website functionality to limit the compromise. It’s a stressful situation, especially if you’ve had to deal with a compromise more than once. Unfortunately for some website owners this is a reality — shortly after the initial security breach, the website becomes compromised again. It leaves the website owner asking why their website is being targeted and how the website re-infection is happening.

The short answer is that it’s most likely due to unresolved website vulnerabilities. While it may seem like you’ve been singled out and targeted by some menacing hackers, most of the time that isn’t the case. The majority of website compromises are preceded by automated campaigns that locate websites vulnerable to a particular exploit the hacker wishes to employ. The bottom line is, you aren’t the target that the hacker is singling out, it’s the software on your website. There are a couple main culprits for this scenario.

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What is a Website Vulnerability and How Can it be Exploited?

Websites experience 22 attacks per day on average— that’s over 8,000 attacks per year, according to SiteLock data. A website vulnerability is a weakness or misconfiguration in a website or web application code that allows an attacker to gain some level of control of the site, and possibly the hosting server. Most vulnerabilities are exploited through automated means, such as vulnerability scanners and botnets. Cybercriminals create specialized tools that scour the internet for certain platforms, like WordPress or Joomla, looking for common and publicized vulnerabilities. Once found, these vulnerabilities are then exploited to steal data, distribute malicious content, or inject defacement and spam content into the vulnerable site.

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12 Days of Christmas Brought to You by SiteLock [Video]

Merry Christmas from SiteLock! In the spirit of the season, we’ve created a satirical rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas to educate website owners about online risks. Watch the video to learn about some of the most common “gifts” cybercriminals are giving away this year.

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Are Your Customers Afraid of Cyberattacks?

Retail therapy is the act of shopping with the primary purpose to improve the buyer’s mood. This form of “therapy” is practiced among many consumers, with more than half of Americans admitting to making a purchase as a way to lift their spirits. As therapeutic as shopping can be, it also raises fear among many consumers – especially around the holiday season. With websites, including eCommerce sites, experiencing 22 cyberattacks per day on average, shoppers have good reason to be concerned.

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Hacked for the Holidays? 4 Website Security Tips for Safe Retailing

With the holidays quickly approaching and online shopping expected to hit record highs, it’s the perfect time to make sure your customers, and your bottom line, aren’t at risk. In fact, shipping experts like FedEx, are predicting another record-breaking year of shipments driven by eCommerce purchases.

With the push for holiday shopping about to begin, we conducted a survey to take a closer look at trends in online shopping and how that relates to what we’re passionate about: website security.

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Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Festive decorations adorn storefronts and holiday music fills every shop; a reminder that the holiday season is upon us. It is a busy time of the year, full of parties, reunions with family and friends and plenty of shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation, 2016’s holiday sales are expected to increase 3.6 percent over last year to 655.8 billion dollars. Shoppers are estimated to spend an average of $935.58 on gifts, food, décor, cards, and personal purchases.

That means a lot of time spent in stores and online looking for just the right gift, decoration, or meal for the season. It is also a prime time for a crime, especially if you’re shopping online.

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Why Cybersecurity Matters

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is observed every October to raise awareness around the importance of cybersecurity. As we head into a new month, we remain focused on promoting the importance of practicing vigilance about cybersecurity year-round.

At SiteLock, our mission is to help create a secure Internet for all users. Regardless of industry, age or education, cybersecurity concerns us all. Cyberattacks can impact individuals as young as children, and organizations as large as Yahoo. Learn from the examples we provide in this blog as SiteLock President, Neill Feather, weighs in on why cybersecurity should matter to you.

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It’s a Scary Cyber World

We live in a world where technology rules. From our phones to our cars, we are constantly connected to something, somewhere, at all times. In most cases, the convenience of technology enhances the quality of our lives. But as consumers, there are technology risks and threats we need to be aware (and beware) of. We don’t mean to spook you, but let’s talk about the scary side of the cyber world. 

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Identifying Law Firm Website Vulnerabilities

“Law firms are tremendous concentrations of really critical, private information. Infiltrating those computer systems is a really optimal way to obtain economic and personal information,” a statement on the state of security for law firms by Bradford Bleier, unit chief of FBI cyber division.

Every day, law firms manage sensitive information for their clients, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, business strategies and other intellectual property. This has made them a prime target for phishing and cyberattacks. In fact, Cisco’s 2015 Annual Security Report named law firms as the seventh highest target for cybercriminals. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is why now, more than ever, it is necessary to identify and resolve vulnerabilities within your firm.

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