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Don’t Be Foolish With Your Domain Name

Don't be a fool.Over my 5 years at LyntonWeb I’ve helped launch hundreds of new website, and that’s not an exaggeration.

When launching a new site, you need to update the DNS to point the domain name to the new server (if there is one; there usually is for us).

Wait, “what is DNS?”, you’re probably asking. DNS, or domain name system, is a naming system for computers, servers, or anything connected to a network. Think of it as a phone book. You have a name (hopefully), but you can’t tell your phone to call Steve Guttenberg and expect to be connected to him, the phone system doesn’t work that way. You need to have Steve Guttenberg’s actual phone number to reach him. By the way, if any of you do, please let me know. I’ve got a great movie idea for him.

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5 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Site From Hackers

You may have heard that it’s been a busy week for WordPress hackers this past week.

If you haven’t heard, it’s been a busy week for WordPress hackers this past week.

ArsTechnica has reported that over 100,000 sites have been infected by these attacks.

In under four days, three of my personal sites have had over 800 malicious login attempts. That’s over 8 attempts every hour.

Being hacked isn’t something that happens to non-technical people. It can happen to anyone. I was hacked earlier this year!

So, what can you do to protect yourself? Great question!

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I Was Hacked! 7 Tips to Avoid Being Hacked on WordPress

Back in February I received a very troubling email.

I use a security plugin called Wordfence for my personal WordPress sites. They notified me that I was likely hacked, moments after malicious code was inserted into my site. I jumped in to investigate without really know what I was doing.

I logged onto my FTP and saw some folders and files that I did not upload. I ran through every folder on my server and deleted anything that looked malicious. After about 20 minutes of work I was pretty confident that I had my server pretty clean.

Wrong wrong wrong wrong.

About 2 weeks later the hackers were back with a vengeance.

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What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed Vulnerability

You may have heard the term “Heartbleed” over the past few days relating to online security. If you didn’t, buckle up, it’s about to get real scary because it could affect anyone. Everyone. Even you.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) is a security vulnerability found in OpenSSL which is an open source library that is used by numerous developers and companies to protect your username, passwords, and other sensitive information online.

So what does this really mean?

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After Multiple Hacks, Twitter Needs Two-Step Verification

Earlier today, the official Twitter account of the Associate Press was hacked, and sent out tweets stating that there were explosions at the White House and that President Obama was injured. The report is not true, and the White House and President are fine.

That tweet did more damage than falsely report a possible attack at the White House, it caused the stock market to plummet when it was first posted. Luckily the stocks rebounded.

Twitter is not a game, nor is it only a fun social network any more. It is a serious tool used by millions of business people, journalists, and inbound marketing folks every day.

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Don’t Be Like Burger King, Protect Your Online Identity From Hackers

A few months ago we blogged about passwords and security. It is such an important topic, that we posted a followup post a few days later.

Well, it looks like the folks who run the Burger King Twitter account (caution, this link may contain profane language or images) missed that blog, because they got hacked yesterday at about 11 am.

As of 10pm on Monday night, it looks like they finally got control of their account back.

How did this happen? Details are pretty scarce right now, so it could be a number of things.

It’s possible that Burger King’s password was one of the 250,000 Twitter passwords stolen earlier this month. Maybe they used a bad password like “whopper” that many people joked about. Hopefully it wasn’t the latter.

Passwords are no joke.

Create strong passwords for everything, your email, social networing sites, everywhere! If you must share a password with others, make sure you limit that number. It may even be a good idea to change your password often. You especially want to change a password after an employee leaves your team.

In those blog posts that we mentioned earlier, we suggested using a service like 1Password to create and securely store passwords.

Always on the ball they tweeted this:

Now that is how you market your brand online.

UPDATE!

Following yesterday’s hacking of Burger King, it now looks like @Jeep (caution, this link may contain profane language or images) has been hacked at about 12:30 CT today. Engadget is reporting that a hacker by the name of iThug is taking responsibility for the hacked Jeep account.

This article originally appeared on LyntonWeb.

How to Protect Yourself from a Website Outage

If you are a GoDaddy customer your website was probably down for part of, or all of Monday.

The outage started around 12 PM Central on Monday, and lasted until 6 PM. Some users were affected even longer.

This not only affected websites for thousands, possibly even millions, but also affected customers’ email. Imagine being without your business email for 6 hours. You’d either be jumping for joy or losing out on business deals. Read more

3 Ways to Secure SaaS Cloud-Based Content

Last week we told you a story about a man who had his accounts hacked and lost everything. We also gave you a few tips on how to protect yourself.

A few days after the story broke about Mat Honan’s hacking, tech sites everywhere picked the story up. Luckily it got the attention of Amazon and Apple, whose support teams didn’t follow company protocols allowing Honan to be hacked. Thankfully, both Amazon and Apple have taken measures to stop future attackers from using the same or similar methods that were used against Honan. Hopefully more security measures will come from this.

In the mean time, we’ve outlined some ways to further protect your personal and corporate content. Read more

Protecting Yourself, Your Digital Life, and Your Business from Hackers

Each day, more and more people are putting their lives in the cloud. With the growing number of people using smart phones and tablets, this number will only continue to skyrocket.

We are trusting our photographs and videos of our children and families, our email, our banking information, our lives and our businesses to the cloud and its service providers.

Over the weekend, you may have heard about a horror story from Mat Honan.

Honan was hacked. And he lost everything. Read more