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January 14, 2015

How to Safeguard Your Website and Customers from Data Breaches

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Cyber attacks became a little bit more personal in 2014.

That’s one of the feelings people may get upon reading SingleHop‘s blog post about data breaches from last year.

If you’re an employee of Sony, iCloud, Goldman Sachs, or any of these companies whose securities were breached by hackers, another prominent impression would be anger.

Hackers slipping through the security cracks and stealing sensitive information from employees and subscribers is frustrating, to say the least.

Worse, these cyber attacks have instilled a feeling of fear to people.

No one is safe from data breaches, despite the processes that ensure the alleged safety of information entered online.

The question now remains: what should you do?

As a site owner, should you stop asking for personal information from users to keep yourself from being a target by hackers?

Before doing anything rash, follow the tips below to secure the personal information of your online customers.

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September 18, 2014

How to Protect Your Blog From an Advanced DDoS Attack

Although it’s pretty much unlikely that any high profile hacktivists are going to be targeting your website via a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack anytime soon, that’s not necessarily grounds for sitting back relaxed and complacent without a backup / protection plan. DDoS attacks are becoming more prevalent and much easier to execute thanks improvement in technology, bandwidth and accessibility to tools and information on how to do it. We continue to see big brands like Sony get brought down momentarily by these attacks, and even the CIA’s website suffered this pain in 2012. It’s a serious threat.

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For clarification, DDoS attacks happen through an overpowering of numerous computers, usually through the use of bots, that continuously send traffic to an IP address or website. As simple as this might seem, the effects can be brutal to a website. What’s worse is that the typical common security protocols that are set up to defend against hacking and intrusion just don’t work against DDoS attacks and taking matters into your own hands, whether it’s through WordPress security plugins or code tweaks and improvements are not sufficient. read more

June 12, 2014

Actionable Tips to Keep Your Website Safe and Secure

Your site is not that big that it would attract the attention of hackers, is it? That’s what some people think, and thus they don’t spend all that much time putting measures in place to ensure that their website is safe and secure.

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But surely you’ve heard of that massive DDoS attack on almost 200,000 WordPress sites not so long ago? For all you know, you could have been one of the targets. These days, hackers don’t always target just the big sites. Every website is at risk.

Why is website security important?

IT expert Neeraj Tewari says it clearly: “Many people use their blog to communicate with friends or family, or for work purposes. If your blog is compromised, it puts those critical relationships at risk. Your blog or blog profile may contain important personal or identifying information. If your blog is vulnerable, so is this info.read more