A Nasty Place for Hacking and Exploits

Month by month the volume of hacking and exploits online continues to grow.

The big scalp this month was LinkedIn with reports of 6.5 million passwords allegedly leaked and posted to a Russian hacker site.

The passwords that were stolen were encrypted with SHA-1 encryption and can be cracked if the user employs a simple dictionary password.

If you have a LinkedIn account now would be a great time to change your password to a new highly secure one.

The Web Marketing Center, the company that publishes Internet Marketing Magazine also witnessed a record number of exploits in the last month that were reported to its Marketing Agency arm at InternetMarketingDoneForYou.com.

There seems to be a big shift online with hackers now taking aim at web server’s more than individual computers. Many of the exploits and malware witnessed in the last month were against WordPress sites. Web administrators can greatly reduce the risk of their WordPress sites from being compromised by utilising a good quality tight security hosting like Rackspace, updating WordPress and its extensions to the latest version and by adding PCI security scanning and seals to the website. Previously we used to use the McAfee Secure tool but have now switched to the Trust Guard PCI scan as it is roughly half the cost and scans for over 45,000 vulnerabilities.

If you find your site in a position that a great service that can help you if you get Malware on your businesses website is Sucuri.  They will scan and clean the malware for you and then re-submit your site to the search engines on your behalf.

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