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WannaCry Attacks: What Happened & How To Stay Protected

Last Friday the National Health Service in the United Kingdom reported outages as a massive malware attack brought down various computers and systems. As news of this broke, other organizations realized they were being hit by the same malware virus. Government bodies and individual users reported experiencing similar attacks. It quickly became obvious that the attacks, which were carried out ...

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Infographic: Lesser Known Facts About Domain Names, Hosting & The Internet

Did you know that emails have technically been around since 1962? Or that info.cern.ch was the first official website? How about the fact that .zip is one of the fastest growing domain name extensions? Check out the following infographic from the folks over at EverData Datacenters who have compiled some less-than-common facts about domain names, hosting, and the world wide ...

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Scam Alert: New Variations of Email-Based Domain Renewal Scams Going Around

Late in 2016 I had first spotted these email-based domain name expiration scams going around, and unfortunately these are making their rounds across the interwebs again, only this time there’s a new variation. Much like the IDNS scam, these scams are also targeting domain name renewals, however these scams focus on sending email-based notifications. I have put together the post below ...

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1 in 5 Websites Still Using Vulnerable SHA-1 SSL Certificates

A new cyber security report from Venafi has revealed that over 21% of all websites are still currently using an insecure SSL certificate. SHA-1 certificates were exposed to be vulnerable for man-in-the-middle attacks, collision attacks, and brute force attacks. Remember Heartbleed? “The results of our most recent analysis are not surprising,” said Kevin Bocek, chief security strategist for Venafi. “Even ...

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130 Million Ads Rejected Last Year by Bing

Bing recently released their Ad Quality Year in Review report for 2016 – reviewing the various different actions that Bing has taken towards malicious and misleading ads on their network. The stats are not pretty. Bing rejected 130 million ads and banned 175,000 advertisers – and even with numbers as impressive as these – online malvertising threats still managed to ...

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Malvertising Threats Grew 132% In 2016

I like keeping up to date on the latest industry reports, it’s a great way to stay on top of industry trends. The most recent report, however, has me a touch worried, or at least is forcing me to pay close attention. RiskIQ, a leading digital threat management company, has found that malvertising threats grew over 132% in 2016 when ...

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EIG Announces Plans to Layoff 440 Bluehost Employees

Endurance International Group has an unfortunate track-record of ruining web hosting companies that they acquire – and the recent blow seems to be coming to Bluehost as EIG announces plans to lay off 440 Bluehost employees. That includes staff from accounting, customer support, human resources, and training staff – all of whom add up to over half of Bluehosts 750-person ...

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Why Everything Online Is Broken Today

All throughout today you may be noticing that some of your favorite online services are acting up, broken, or entirely offline. Twitter, IHeartRadio, PayPal, Spotify, Reddit, Imgur, Constant Contact, and a plethora of other services are experiencing severe issues as of this morning – and the reason is a series of DDoS attacks on Dyn – one of the largest ...

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77% Of Users Feel Bad About Blocking Ads

Gladly, the company behind the Goodblock ad-blocker ran a survey recently, asking their users why they choose to block ads and where. Know what they learned? 77% of Goodblock users felt bad about blocking ads. Furthermore over 40% of Goodblock users had 5+ websites whitelisted. Two rather high numbers that prove that people truly do understand that online publishers and ...

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EU Promises Free WiFi To All EU Towns!

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has announced a new EU developmental project last week called WIFI4EU, a project whose goal is to provide free Wi-Fi internet to all EU towns by 2020! Plans are to subsidize the new project, using the funds to purchase and install Wi-Fi hotspots across major urban areas. Accepted installation points include public buildings, health centers, parks ...

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Infographic: Speed Is Critical by Singlehop

Website load times are more important now than ever, and to help express that importance Singlehop has put together the following beautiful infographic to help webmasters be more aware of website load times. By running the simple tests presented in this infographic, website owners are sure to get their sites up to speed! Infographic by: singlehop

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GoDaddy Users Beware: New Email Phishing Scam Going Around!

GoDaddy users beware! There is a brand new phishing scam going around which pretends to be an email from [email protected] notifying you that your email account storage has reached it’s limit. The associated link brings the user to a non-https secure, non-Godaddy.com website with a GoDaddy themed login page. Keep an eye out for the following email and make sure you delete ...

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Mozilla Will Start Blocking Flash Content in Firefox in August 2016

Mozilla has decided to join in on the stabbing death of Flash across the Internet as they announce that starting in August Mozilla will block non-essential Flash content within Firefox. Which content specifically will be blocked can be seen in the following blocklist published on Github. Mozilla will expand this list over time, before finally making all Flash content click-to-activate in 2017. ...

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Does the Nielsen F-Pattern Apply to Search Results?

The Nielsen F-Pattern has been, for a long time, the standard belief of how the average person browses a website – and since it’s release in 2006 websites, search engines, and more have been built with the Nielsen F-Pattern in mind. However many things have changed since 2006 and the Internet has grown tremendously. Does the Nielsen F-Pattern still apply? ...

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429 Million Identities Have Been Exposed in 2015

Online security is an ever increasing concern, with new data-breaches occurring almost monthly – and more and more scams and hacks being thrust upon the public. Symantec has published the latest Website Security Threat Report and there are some rather alarming statistics within the report. Here are just some key statistics: 318 data breaches reported in 2015 429 million identities ...

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Apple Pay Is Coming To The Web

For any of you who are Apple users, you’ve probably made use of Apple Pay before – whether it was via an in-app purchases or while shopping at various brick and mortar businesses. Chances are if you have used Apple Pay – you loved how quick and easy it made the checkout process. Apple knows that – and in the ...

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Infographic: People Are Using Horrible Passwords on LinkedIN

Every now and then an infographic pops up that is a bold reminder how important a secure password is – and today we have such an infographic. Coming from Statista, the infographic lists 10 of the most popular LinkedIn passwords from a 2012 LinkedIn hack. I don’t even know where to start here. If by mid-2016 you are still using 123456 ...

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WordPress Buys the New gTLD .BLOG for $19M

Automattic, the very same company behind the WordPress blogging software, and WordPress.com – the remotely hosted blogging service – has recently acquired the new gTLD .blog for $19 million! Granted that’s quite a staggering number, and Automattic did beat out Google in the auction, the more interesting news is what Automattic will do with it in the coming years. Will WordPress.org ...

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