Tag: Computer security

Blackshades RAT a Threat to Every Business

blackshades RATIn what we can only hope is a sign of things to come, law enforcement around the world showed unprecedented cooperation in shutting the shades on a gang responsible for creating and sharing a nasty piece of malware that was spreading rapidly around the world.

The malware is known as Blackshades, and was allegedly created by a 24-year-old Swedish man who ran his malware operation like a legitimate business. The entrepreneur was very committed to making his malware as popular as possible, hiring a marketing director, customer service representatives, and a customer service manager.

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Keys to Computer Security

Computer SecurityMany years ago, a bar owner shared with me the tale of how he was losing so much money in one of his bars he had to hire a loss prevention specialist to pose as a customer and watch his staff for any signs of financial impropriety.

The undercover customer spent nearly a month visiting the bar (what a job!) and reported back that he found nothing was amiss. He said he watched all the cash registers for four weeks and didn’t see one suspicious transaction at any one of the four registers.

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The State of Small Business Website Security

When it comes to website security, many small businesses are in a constant state of change. Changing from a state of denial “I don’t need security because I have nothing to steal and I’m too small for hackers to find me anyway” to a state of panic “Oh no! I’ve just found out I’ve been hacked, they’ve been using my website to spread malware for months and now I’m blacklisted by the search engines.”

That’s the unfortunate state of small business web security, and it usually starts with the word don’t. That’s because most small business owners simply:

  • Don’t give website security a second thought because they’re too busy with more pressing matters, like trying to meet this month’s payroll.
  • Don’t think they’re big enough for hackers to bother with, not realizing that hackers now use automated tools that will easily sniff out unprotected websites in a matter of seconds.
  • Don’t think small businesses are targets in general, in spite of the numerous studies that suggest they could actually be the top target.
  • Don’t think they have anything worth attacking or stealing, although hackers think otherwise.
  • Don’t know where to start with security and how to even begin plugging those holes and so keep putting it off.
  • Don’t know what to do if they are hacked – which is usually the last step before that state of panic.

So much of the panic could be alleviated if small business owners took just a little time out of their busy schedule to think about security and understand how bad security or none at all can destroy a business, and how good security is a business enabler.

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, maintained that when it comes to business, security is job one. If you’re not protecting your website, it could turn into your greatest liability. Time and money are not an excuse because good security is automated, always on, and very affordable (I don’t want to say cheap in case you get the wrong idea but I really do mean cheap).

And good security leads everyone – you, your customers, your employees, and even your credit card processor – toward a state of bliss. Start on your journey by simply making sure that the next time the automated tool of a ruthless hacker comes sniffing around your website, you’ve beaten them to the punch and closed all the holes.

A great way to close these holes is by implementing website security solutions such as a Web Application Firewall and a scanner to detect potential infections. For more information on how these types of solutions can layer into your existing website call SiteLock at  855-378-6200.

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