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26 Apr

Website Speed: 5 Ways To Improve Your Site’s Performance
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Website speed can be one of the most important elements to increasing traffic and improving conversions on your website. Nearly half of all Internet users expect a web page to load within 2 seconds or less. Moreover, every 1-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions. People in today’s day and age have a very short attention span and if your website doesn’t load quick enough for them, then you can expect to lose a lot of potential customers. If you know that your website doesn’t...

28 Feb

What To Do If You Think Your Website Was Hacked
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If you find out that your website has been hacked it can send you into a panic. How did they breach your security? Why did they do it? What did they steal? What will your customers think? Despite all of the thoughts that might be rolling through your head, it is important to try and remain calm. Hacking actually occurs a lot more often than you might think. A Sophos Security Threat Report says that about 30,000 websites are hacked every day, which is why it is so crucial to have...

9 Feb

How to use Google Alerts to Monitor your Small Business Online
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Google Alerts is an amazing tool that detects content changes on the internet and notifies you when those changes are noticed by Google (usually immediately). Originally launched in 2003, Google Alerts allow users to pick certain keywords or search terms and will notify them when those search terms appear online and will direct them to the site that published the specified keywords. For example, if you wanted to know when someone was writing about your business and what they were saying, you would set up a Google Alert to notify you...

How HostPapa's Server Health Team Protected Thousands of WordPress Users
3 Feb

How HostPapa Protected Thousands of WordPress Users
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Thanks to HostPapa’s server health monitoring and automatic vulnerability patching, almost 200,000 WordPress installations on HostPapa servers were quickly and automatically protected against a severe content injection vulnerability earlier this week, ensuring that not one single HostPapa customer fell victim to intrusions.   Background: As part of a vulnerability research project, the good folks over at Sucuri have been auditing multiple open source projects looking for various security issues. While combing through WordPress, one of the largest open source content management systems on the market, they discovered a severe content injection (privilege escalation)...

The Unfortunate Truth About Domain Squatting
19 Jan

The Unfortunate Truth About Domain Squatting
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Domain squatting is the unfortunate result of anyone, at any time, being able to lay claim to any domain name of their choosing. Essentially, it’s when somebody purchases a domain with the intent of preventing others from purchasing it and/or profiting from the domain through the eventual reselling of it to desperate buyers. Domain squatting has become quite a nuisance to businesses of all sizes. There are over 100 million .COM domains already registered, making it very difficult for small businesses to obtain the domain that they want. Domain squatters are...

6 Sep

7 Free Ways To Increase Your Website’s Security
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Malware can infect your website in a multitude of different ways including the installation of malicious software or free software packets or even through out-of-date third party applications such as Joomla! Or WordPress. According to the Symantec Corporation, there were vulnerabilities found in nearly three quarters of websites in 2015 and over one million web attacks each and every day during the year! There are many services out there that people can purchase to protect their websites. A good place to start is with an antivirus software for your computer....