Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Zero Day WordPress Bug - Update Now

We are sorry to report that a Finnish researcher has released information about a bug without first telling WordPress developers about it. His reasoning is that it took way too long for them to fix one last time, leaving all sites vulnerable for months. This bug allows a hacker to attack and take over your WordPress website by using long comments to insert JavaScript designed to change admin passwords and deface websites.

To protect against hackers attacking your website, you must upgrade to WordPress version 4.2.1 immediately. Of course, if you are tired of these Internet security risks causing trouble for you regularly, you can consider having us move your WordPress site to our Build111 CMS system. 111 is a closed source platform thereby protecting against these frequent attacks. If you are interested, give us a call at 877.397.7605 or contact us for more information.

Posted on 04/28/2015 6:40 AM by Customer Service
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
2015 Internet Security Review

The Websense Security Labs 2015 threat report is out and it's not pretty. While malware threats declined 5% to nearly 4 billion threats last year, the number of high profile, damaging breaches increased substantially as bad guys got more sophisticated and targeted in their attacks. This focus on quality rather than quantity has meant that even targets with huge investments in security are being breached. 

So what do we need to know about this? The report looked at changes in both the technical and human aspects of cybercrime over the past year. 

Malware as a Service (MaaS)

From a technical standpoint, cybercrime has gotten easier to perpetrate such that even beginners can create havoc because of the availability of tools and paid services for hacking and distributing malware. In fact 99% of exploits had been previously used by others. Today's hackers do not have to be technically competent; they simply purchase sophisticated hacking kits and services. Criminals use techniques to remain anonymous making apprehension difficult.

It's All Your Fault!

The report found that a third of criminal success is from people clicking on links and opening infected attachments in email despite the warnings not to do so. People have become desensitized to the warnings and don't feel responsible for their actions. Although they know they shouldn't click, the degree of danger hasn't been emphasized enough and more training is needed.

What Can We Do About It?

Cooperation and targeting of widely used Command and Control systems through cooperation between Internet giants have resulted in successfully taking down three large systems recently. However, as is often the case, we all should look within for responsibility. Upgrade your passwords and take that extra second to evaluate whether clicking on that link is really a good idea or not. If you have a friend or coworker who has been hacked, you will know the problems this causes in ones life. So be careful out there! Don't click if you're not sure. That Nigerian prince really is too good to be true, that cute Russian girl isn't really interested in you and that Fedex package you weren't expecting really isn't for you.

If you have any questions about internet security, if you need a nice secure website or if you just need yours found on search engines, give 111 Web Studio a call at 877.397.7605. We'll take good care of you. 




Posted on 04/14/2015 9:14 AM by Customer Service
Thursday, 9 April 2015
FBI Warns WordPress Users about ISIS

A press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation warns WordPress users to update their plugins or risk defacement from ISIS hackers. So far, the busy hackers have defaced websites belonging to "news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, and a variety of other domestic and international Web sites" according to the FBI press release. The FBI believes this to be the work of sympathizers rather than ISIS hackers themselves.

As an example, popular plugins such as Super Cache have reportedly made over a million sites vulnerable to the hackers. 

So once again, our recommendation is to get busy and patch your plugins. The advice from the FBI includes the following helpful tips...

If you have any questions or need help with a website that won't be vulnerable to such exploits, give us a call at 877.397.7605 or contact 111 Web Studio for more information.

Posted on 04/09/2015 9:30 AM by Customer Service
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Google Announces Change in Search Rankings for Mobile

Starting April 21st of this year, Google rankings are going to change for mobile searchers. Google is planning to rank mobile ready websites ahead of those that are not mobile ready for people searching from mobile devices. Their objective is to improve the web experience for mobile users which we believe is a noble cause, but it does come with some baggage.

If your website is not yet mobile friendly, you can certainly expect a reduction in mobile traffic. Our recent studies have shown that depending on the industry, half your traffic may be from mobile devices. That means that if your site is not mobile friendly, you stand to lose visitors who come to your site from search engines. You can view Google's article on more mobile friendly search and even check your own site for mobile readiness.

If your site wasn't built using responsive design and isn't mobile ready or if it needs some improvements in that area, please give us a call at 877.397.7605 or contact 111 Web Studio for more information about responsive design and an estimate on what it will take to keep your site from being effected by this change.

Posted on 04/07/2015 9:08 AM by Customer Service

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