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Gearing up for 2018 in regards to websites and security.


Online shopping is quickly becoming the norm.  Many shops are delivering products including groceries. There are many things to be aware of as the internet grows in regards to peoples personal data and e-commerce in general.  There is a reason why Wegmans, Walmart, and many more businesses are delivering goods bought online for minimal fees or even free. The reason being that most consumers rather do their shopping from home than at an actual store location.

Here is a partial list of businesses that were hacked in 2017:

  • E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEAXbox 360 ISO and PSP ISO
  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • Arby’s
  • River City Media
  • Verifone
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • UNC Health Care
  • Sabre Hospitality Solutions
  • OneLogin
  • Deep Root Analytics
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield / Anthem
  • California Association of Realtors
  • Verizon
  • Online Spambot
  • TalentPen and TigerSwan
  • Equifax
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • SVR Tracking
  • Deloitte
  • Sonic
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Disqus
  • Yahoo!
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Forever 21
  • Maine Foster Care
  • Uber
  • Imgur
  • TIO Networks

The later hacked companies now shell out about $15 million average per year for added security because the need for consumer confidence is high when it comes to their personal data.

As a website owner, it is imperative that you:

  • Keep your website software and any add-ons updated to the most current versions.
  • Have the best PHP version running on hosted servers
  • Have current security software running.
  • Do regular backups of your websites.

So, you may ask, “how does my website get hacked?”

Basically, hackers write code, that works similar to a search engine spiders, looking for weaknesses in websites across the world wide web regardless if it is a famous site or a personal site.  The goal is to use your server space or to gain access to user information.  Hence, I don’t even create new websites without security software to show you how important it is.

Contact me, if you want me to check your business site for vulnerabilities or want to schedule updates and maintenance for it.

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