SECURITY

Lock and load.

These days people hack websites for fun, some of them are malicious defacements, others are complete takedown events. With an outdated infrastructure your site could be open to attack, and even if a hacker doesn’t take you offline, you might find that your ISP will. Or worse, your data is stolen and deleted.

We’re often asked to look for vulnerabilities in sites, especially ones built with popular CMS platforms and sadly all too often, we discover some. The main weaknesses are in old third party plugins written by inexperienced coders, and no experience at all in security. WordPress alone has 33,000 plugins and a combined total of around 750 million downloads. It’s inevitable that some of those will fall through security holes, and they do because they are sometimes targeted by hackers relentlessly. The CMS isn’t to blame if kept up to date, protected, and administered correctly.

How do you know if you’ve been hacked?

A random page might be generated on your site, a new front page, a line of text that shouldn’t be there, some of your data has gone missing, a redirect to a malware site, things have just stopped working – that kind of thing. If you have malware installed on your site through a back door, you could be exposing the entire server. When your ISP or datacenter calls to inform you they are taking your site down, you’ll be hoping you’ve backed up your database or you might be heading for an extinction level event.

The best advice is to put a layer in place before that happens. It will undoubtedly save you money in the long run, and if you haven’t got a back up it’ll save you a LOT of time and money.

What do we do?

Scan your site, remove infected or malicious files, back it up when it’s clean, add a firewall, monitor it and then make sure that the hackers can’t get back in. It’s not magic, but it needs to be done thoroughly and logically.

Social responsibility.

Here’s some free advice… please look after your personal channels.

You wouldn’t go up to a stranger in a street and tell them what you had for Christmas, so why allow strangers to see what you’ve posted on Facebook?

Do this now – set your posts and photos to be seen by your ‘Friends only’.

Here’s how:

HOW TO LOCK DOWN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR FUTURE POSTS
1. Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
2. Select Privacy from the menu on the left hand side
3. Under Who can see my stuff?, click Who can see your future posts?.
4. Here you can choose to limit the posts to Friends only, or a custom lists of people you choose.

HOW TO LIMIT THE AUDIENCE OF YOUR PAST POSTS
1. Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
2. Select Privacy from the menu on the left hand side
3. Under Who can see my stuff?, click Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or Public?.
4. Click Limit Old Posts

HOW TO CHECK HOW OTHERS SEE YOU ON FACEBOOK
1. Go to your profile and click the three dots on the bottom right of your cover photo.
2. Click View As…. This will then display your profile as seen by anyone who isn’t your friend.

For further information get in touch, we rescue your stuff within a few hours if necessary, and can secure them just as quickly.
 

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