Topic: Hosting

Web Security—What You Need to Know

Posted on August 5, 2015 by - Hosting

Web Security

It’s to the point where people don’t have to wonder what might happen—it’s already been occurring. Target was hacked and the credit card numbers of thousands of customers were compromised. Blacklisted servers, URLs being punished by search engines, firewall issues and consumers updating websites without the proper plugins—the list is endless related to the issues and fallout associated with cyber security.

Just last week, there was a DDoS attack that delayed the $18 million dollar Dota 2 tournament.

The key is to be as prepared as possible. Know the basics and get professional digital assistance when areas are over your head.

A good place to start learning about and understanding online security is with a firewall.

“A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. You can implement a firewall in either hardware or software form, or a combination of both. Firewalls prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets,” reported Indiana University.

Servers have firewalls to prevent hacking and spam. The firewalls can break down or be bypassed. This can lead to your server being exposed and blacklisted, even making it so you cannot send or receive emails.

Another area of concern is at the code level. For example, an SQL injection is a way to attack data-driven applications by using a code-injection technique. SQL injections are used to steal customer information, such as credit card numbers, from a website’s database.

Another big area of vulnerability is cross-site scripting (XSS). XSS makes it so hackers can inject client-side script into different website pages viewed by other users. Basically, an XSS attack occurs when an application gathers malicious data from an unsuspecting user.

Do you have web security issues? Are you 100 percent protected against server firewall problems, SQL injections and XSS attacks? If not, call Thoughtwire Media immediately at: 800-367-2570. 

Critical Security Update for WordPress Websites

Posted on May 1, 2015 by - Hosting, Mobile, Websites

Millions of websites are powered by WordPress. The popular content management system is easy to use and has great plugin architecture. All that popularity and exposure comes at a price, however, as hackers and cyber criminals constantly go after the platform.

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In the last week of April, new threats to WordPress emerged, as cross-site scripting bugs allowed the attackers to change and add code into the HTML content. The bug gave the attackers the ability to retrieve passwords, manipulate content and perform changes to the website and layout.

WordPress was quick to respond with the WordPress 4.2.1 Security Release. After one week, it was downloaded over 6 million times. If you have a WordPress site, download the new version here.

In order to make sure your WordPress site is protected going forward, there are two key things to keep in mind. One, make sure you have the latest updates and secured WP Hosting. You don’t have the time to constantly monitor and maintain your site, so make sure it is protected with the correct hosting plan. Find out if your hosting plan has the WordPress security you need by clicking here.

Two, keep your passwords and personal information in a secured location. Never give out those details to a third party and if you notice something odd with your website, get it checked out right away.