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eCommerce must have security measures
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eCommerce websites are a high target for hackers around the world. The cyber criminals know that, if they can penetrate the database, they might be able to collect financial data such as credit card numbers, first and last names, billing address, and more. They can can then either sell the data or use it to make illegal purchases. If you own an online store or a website on which you collect payments, you know security and protection are a constant concern. You must protect your site and its d...

What is a Code Signing Certificate for a website?
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A Code Signing Certificate is an added security tool for your website that builds trust by ensuring your site is trustworthy. It proves to your Internet users that the code or software on your site is yours, trustworthy, and secure. The first thing the code signing does is validate your code by primarily checking its integrity. It also secures it and removes warning notices such as "Unidentified Publisher" . It certifies the site by adding a certificate-based digital signature to scripts or s...

Chrome & Google Announcement about new HTTPS requirements
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A SSL certificate is a security program you purchase normally from your hosting provider. It enables the HTTPS to work on your site and ensures that all communications from your pages to your server are encrypted and protected. If you are unsure if your site has one, type in your domain name in your browser using https://YourDomainNameHere.com. Until recently, the HTTPS was required for all websites accepting online payments. The big changes is that,

What to do if your website was hacked?
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We have written many articles and posts on website hacking, what they are, how to restore your site, what to do to prevent an attack, and so forth. Today we are going to be succinct and right to the point.

  1. If your site has been hacked, contact your webmaster immediately. If you do not have one or cannot get a hold of them, contact us at 707-794-9999 (Pacific Standard Time). Do not wait! You do not want Google or other search engines to notice the hack. That would be...

2017 PCI compliance
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PCI DSS compliance (or PCS DSS) has become quite complicated and demanding in 2017. You may have received a notification from your merchant account, your payment gateway, your hosting provider, your webmaster, or other party about. Today, we will review what it all means and the steps you need to take to stay in compliance and be legally protected. Understand that this post will focus on website compliance only and there is much more to it. What is PCI compliance? PCI DSS ...

What is the “s” at the end of https?
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Whenever you see a website with https instead of http, it indicates that this site has a SSL certificate. If you are unsure if your own website has a SSL installed or not, simply add a "s" after the http. For instance, visit https://DomainHere.com or https://www.DomainHere.com (replace DomainHere with your own domain name). If you see a security warning, it means that there is no SSL and that visitor should use http instead. =1= What is a SSL?...

Website Security – Part 2 of 2 – SiteLock and Other Security Services
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SiteLock is the leading website security company that offers protection to websites from hackers and malicious software. Though it is a young company (created in 2008), it already has over 5 millions customers and that number continues to grow by the hour. Why such a success in such a short period of time? Simple ... hackers have gained considerable ground in the past 24 months and the number of infected or compromised websites has reached numbers in the tens of millions. Based on statistics,...

Website Security – Part 1 of 2 – Backups
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As we mentioned many times before, website security has become a top topic among Internet experts and website owners. In 2014 alone over 9 Million websites were infected by malicious scripts or directly hacked by hackers. Experts are now saying that 2015 came close to doubling that number. Either way it has reached epidemic proportions. As a site owner, it worries you and it should. Websites of all forms and sizes are being hacked every second. It does not matter if you own a...

Website backups
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This is a great day. You just launched your brand new website. It is on one of the newest servers provided by your hosting company. It is fast, beautiful, works great, and your customers simply love it. Fast forward weeks or months from now. A client calls you to let you know that there is some odd video, image or text on your homepage. You realized your website has been hacked. It is horrible, the pages you spent hours building are just gone and the hacker left behind malicious malware. It i...

Don’t get hacked! WordPress security issues
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WordPress is very popular because of being a free platform that doesn't require much coding knowledge. Its functionality is constantly expanding through a wealth of both free and paid plugins that you can add to your site. Because of the nature of how it is set up, there are some inherent security issues that you will want to keep in mind and that leave your website susceptible to being hacked. The first thing you should always do, is try to keep your site updated to the latest version of WordPr...

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