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Shocking Info About Internet Traffic and 7 Steps You Should Take! (it affects your website)

Less Than Half of All Traffic on the Internet is Human

Yes, a staggering 56% of web-based activity is actually generated from an automated source. From hacking tools to scrapers and spammers, impersonators and bots, the internet is awash with robots.

Excerpted from Web Hosting Insider

This is HUGE!

Now not all robots are bad. Google, YouTube, Bing and other legitimate search engines use them. Anything that helps you find a website by searching the Internet is using robots (computer programs) to index that information.

But it shows you what every legitimate website is up against. It shows what YOU are up against. Geez, you just want to have your website up and running, and getting you clients; you don’t want to be in cyber warfare to do it.

If you have a WordPress website you are using the #1 most popular content management systems (CMS). And since it IS the #1 website platform, it will of course be the top most attacked platform too.

But there are steps to prevent your website from becoming a hacking statistic.

  1. Regularly visit your website’s front end (what viewers see) and navigate through it. Make sure everything looks right and performs properly. If it is exceedingly slow, it could be a number of reasons, but it could be a subtle sign of hacking.
  2. Run security scans weekly and anytime you are suspicious of foul play.
  3. Use a file transfer protocol (FTP) program to view your files. This is probably something you should have a web professional do if you aren’t familiar with FTP and WordPress. Going in and looking at the files residing in your hosting is the most direct method to see if bad files have been dropped in.
  4. See if Google detects any hacking. How? Go to the web address field in your browser (where you type in a web address) and type:  (replace the yourdomain with your domain 😉 ) and hit enter. Putting that “site:” in the beginning ensures that only results for your website will show up. Look through all those results and see if anything is not directly on your website. If anything appears that’s not your content, immediately go change all passwords for your site, or better yet, call your web programmer and they will take charge and lock it down.
  5. Install security plugins that block attacks and use firewalls and recognition techniques for well-known referrers and IP addresses.
  6. Perform regular backups and keep multiple copies. Saving multiple copies in different locations will bring the blood back to your face when you realize your hacked or broken website can be fixed by reinstating a copy. You do have to be careful though to make sure you the backups aren’t hacked also. However, if you are doing all of these steps this won’t be a problem.
  7. Make your passwords unique, long and difficult. Some say the “difficult” part is too much of a pain, and still others say it’s not the difficulty but the length that matters. I say: make it no shorter than 12 characters long, use LUNSU – lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, symbols and make it unique (never repeat passwords). I’ll work on that acronym! If you find that you have a ton of passwords to keep track of, consider a program like LastPass to hold all your information in an encrypted state. I use it because I literally have over 200 passwords!

Many people think, “why would any hacker care about my little website?” Robots neither discern nor discriminate what website they are attacking. Their game is quantity. The more websites they can infiltrate, the larger their “botnet” (network of robots) becomes.

Yes they turn your website into their robot!

Let’s face it. Taking care of the security of your website is not exciting or sexy. But it is exceedingly important to your business. You rely on your website to make your demos available 24/7 around the world.

Imagine if a potential client did a search on your name and came up with a result that has your name and an ad for Cialis! (Yup true story.)

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PSA Security Breach Announcement for ALL Wi-Fi! Please Read!

From WordFence Security dated October 16, 2017

Severe Vulnerability in All Wi-Fi Devices

This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Wordfence team regarding a security issue that has a wide impact.

Today is being called “Black Monday” in many information security circles. We have had a major Wi-Fi vulnerability announced that affects absolutely every device that supports Wi-Fi.

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ALERT: New Phishing Attack on the Rise

Wordfence Security just issued an alert Friday, April 14, 2017 regarding an insidious phishing attack that uses the Chrome and Firefox browsers.

This does not affect Internet Explorer or Safari at this time.

Evil-doers have figured out how to register a website domain name using special code that makes their web address look exactly like that of an existing legitimate business. But behind its facade,

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ATTENTION VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference 2017 Attendees!

Win a WordPress website for your voice over business!

The contest is closed. Winners will be announced soon!

Voice Over Web Design is holding a contest for VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference 2017 attendees.

Two lucky voice over professionals will win a website designed and developed just for them!

All you have to do to enter is be registered for the VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference 2017 and complete a brief application. But don’t wait! All applications must be submitted by Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. pacific time!

Click here for details and to enter!

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5 Signs of Misleading Website Billing

Normally when we think of web scams, we think of the junk we receive in our emails, or those Facebook messages where a “friend” is in England and needs you to wire cash to them. But website deceit can show up in your regular mail box too. And there are similarities that seem to run through them all.

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Update Your WordPress Version!

There was a vulnerability found in the WordPress core files.

The security hole is specifically about posts that are set to “Private” status. Anyone subscribed to your website could gain access to the private information. The fix for this was just released today in WordPress version 4.5.3.

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Why Are You Being So Difficult?

Asked the hacker to Suzy the website owner, and Erin the consumer, and regular Joe who’s just trying to make a life for himself and doesn’t want someone else stealing it.

Suzy, Erin and Joe have something in common. They’ve made all their passwords very difficult to hack.

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Stealth is Wealth for Hackers: Take these steps for your safety!

There is a relatively new stealth method hackers can use to corrupt, not only your WordPress website, but entire computers! 

The type of program is called RANSOMWARE.

This is a horrifying method of messing up WordPress websites and corrupting computers. It literally holds an entire computer ransom until actual cash is paid to remove the corruption.

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2016 Business Goals: Life Zigs, You Zag

As I write this post from my mother’s home in Connecticut, listening to Bing Crosby singing Joy to the World, I am reminded of holiday traditions – the warm glow of colonial taper candles in the window,  the sweet smell of cookies in the oven, and snow.

Wait! Cue the snow. Hello snow?

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