Hide wp-admin

Over the past few months we have been seeing a huge spike in the number of brute force attacks. These attacks can not only break into a site’s admin section, but can also cause such an increase in traffic that the site load times can slow to a crawl – think 1990’s dial-up internet kind […]

Usernames to Block

Remember when you were a kid, and you needed a password to get into the tree fort? Not a bad security step. If you recognized the person who wanted to get in to your fort and they knew the password, that person was welcomed in. If they didn’t have the password – and they weren’t […]

Security by Obscurity?

In 2018, security on your website is a big deal. One security measure you may have heard of is “security by obscurity” or SBO for short. While it may sound like a great idea, the results will likely leave you frustrated. Security by obscurity – while sounding logical – is actually a huge vulnerability. SBO […]

What is a Brute-Force Attack?

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘brute-force’ at some point in time. Whether used to describe an army invading a castle or a raging river, it simply speaks to the sheer volume and power of the force. In recent years, the phrase “brute force” has taken on a new meaning. Today, a brute-force attack is […]

The Importance of Backups

When I was a web design teacher, I always told my students to keep a backup of their homework and any projects they were working on, just in case anything happened. I had a couple of students who had the great misfortune of having their homework assignments somehow “disappear” the day that assignments were due. […]

Is an SSL Enough for Security?

One of the best things that any website can do for protection and security is installing a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. Although SSL provides great security and protection for the site and users, it is not the final step. While there are any number of steps that can be taken for security, at a […]

Benefits of SSL

I’ve mentioned before that it’s an unfortunate sign of the times, but today in 2017, having SSL security (Secure Sockets Layer) added to a site is highly recommended. If you accept credit card payments or have a form where the user submits any confidential information (social security number for example), a SSL is required. But […]

Website Security and SSL

Sadly, turning on the nightly news and hearing about a big data security breach somewhere is becoming more and more commonplace. From things like the Target credit card breach to Yahoo email accounts being hacked, it’s an unfortunate sign of the times. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your […]

Why is Domain Name Privacy Important?

When it comes to actions you can take to help prevent identity theft and other cyber security risks, there really is no stone NOT worth turning. One possible risk that is usually overlooked is allowing your personal information to show on a domain name. While it isn’t a huge amount of personal info, it is […]