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Defend your business from modern-day cyber attacks with these 3 tips

Unknowingly clicking on an email attachment containing malware has the power to corrupt your entire system and wipe out all of your highly sensitive data.

Now that’s frightening.

Cybercriminals are now finding more ways to steal money, highly sensitive data, and interrupt your business operations. That is why it’s crucial for you to protect your business and your customers from these types of threats.

Allow us to share with you three tips that you can use to defend your business from modern-day cyber attacks.

Let’s begin.

1. Perform Security Testing

One of the best defenses against cyber-attacks is to set up a defense mechanism that will detect threats before they even happen. You can do that by identifying vulnerabilities in your system.

Some vulnerabilities might only appear after a cyber-attack simulation or a test run, and this is why security testing is an essential factor in establishing the online security of your business.

For instance, one way of securing your website is by restricting access to specific pages through secure data access by catalog permissions.

Your web hosting and content management systems (CMS) should also be tested for possible security cracks that hackers can slip through.

You can work with third-party cybersecurity services like Bulletproof to help you with vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.

With cybersecurity features like hack simulations and a review of your firewall infrastructure, operating system, and server, this helps you identify system vulnerabilities that you need to fix and determine the level of risk to cyber-attacks.

Keep in mind that as your network changes and grows, so will the new and more sophisticated cyber-attacks. It’s because of this that you need to run vulnerability assessments as part of your first line of defense, and long-term cybersecurity game plan.

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2. Guard Against Zero-Day Attacks

If you think that cybersecurity companies are the only ones fighting off cybercriminals, then think again. Even software developers are hard at work to protect their security solutions from cyber-attacks.

After all, the security and safety of their products can have a significant impact on retaining their customers, and this is why sellers include security patches in their solutions through regular software updates.

Security patches are intended to detect and fix vulnerabilities in your security system in the older software versions.

The first approach you should take should be to update your security software and applications regularly to keep yourself protected.

However, there is a kind of cyber-attack that even regular software updates have difficulty stopping, and that is zero-day attacks.

Zero-day attacks target and exploit security vulnerabilities as soon as they’re detected, not allowing software developers and security companies enough time to respond.

This type of attack is one of the most dangerous threats to your business and your customers.

The challenge, however, is remembering to regularly update your security software and apps as soon as they are available.

A sure-fire way to never miss your updates is to use apps to manage software patches automatically.modern-day cyber attacks

Here are some other tips to help you mitigate exposure to the risks that zero-day attacks pose:

  • Exercise safe browsing habits to minimize the dangers of cyber-attacks such as malware, spyware, virus, ransomware, etc. and protect your personal information.
  • Configure the security settings for your internet browser, security software, and operating system.
  • Always check for security patches and software updates by downloading the most recent versions. Doing so will fix bugs that older software versions might have missed.
  • Avoid downloading or opening files and attachments from unknown sources.

However, there might not be a fail-safe method to stop zero-day attacks, but a way to nullify its impact is by using Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) services.

SIEM services offer 24/7 incident response, real-time monitoring, and lets you see a full picture view of your network by collecting the security log data from host operating systems, many software elements and applications, and security controls.

SIEM can also analyze substantial security log data to detect potential attacks and security threats.

3. Protect from Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

A Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack is a term for a kind of cyber-attack wherein cybercriminals intercept the conversation between two parties, usually an application and a user, with the purpose of eavesdropping or impersonating either one of the parties.

This type of attack aims to make the exchange of information between the two parties appear normal and steal highly sensitive details such as credit card numbers and login credentials.

Stolen information from MitM attacks can be used for unauthorized fund transfers, illegal password changes, and identity theft (among other things), which is why common targets are users of ecommerce sites, financial applications or websites where a login is required.

So, the best course of action is to protect your information from being stolen during an MitM attack by using encryption.

Encryption keeps data theft from happening by turning readable data into a code, and a decryption key can only decode this.

Another way to protect your business using encryption is with SSL certificates, and you’ll know a website has one if it shows HTTPS instead of HTTP.modern-day cyber attacks

SSL certificates secure connections and encrypt the information (payment details, passwords, etc.) that are exchanged on your website.

For ecommerce sites, it can also build customers’ trust since savvy users know that transacting with websites that have SSL certificates will keep their personal information safe.

Here are additional tips to keep your business and personal information, devices, and connections protected from MitM attacks:

  • Wi-Fi networks. To keep your Wi-Fi network secure, make strong passwords using as many unique characters as possible for your router and update usernames and passwords, plus all the devices that are connected to the network.
  • Internet Security. MitB attacks are typically executed by releasing malware, so installing internet security solutions is a great way to detect and prevent this kind of threat.
  • Emails. Emails are also common modes of virus and malware delivery. Exercise caution when opening emails that ask you to reset or update your login credentials and avoid clicking on links and downloading attachments.modern-day cyber attacks

To be on the safe side, instead of opening the link within the email, manually type in the site address in the browser.

  • Public Networks. Never connect directly to public or unsecured networks.

Install a VPN or virtual private network to ensure that the connection between your server and browsers is secure.

It’s crucial to understand how man-in-the-middle attacks happen so you can take the necessary steps to prevent them from happening and protect your highly-sensitive information.

What’s Next?

As a business owner, one of your top priorities is to invest in the security of your business assets and customers from various cyber threats.

The tips discussed here are just three out of the many strategies you can equip yourself to bulletproof your business against modern-day cyber-attacks.

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DigiState expands its activities to Lithuania

DigiState, provider of web hosting and managed services with customers throughout Europe, opens an office in Vilnius to expand its activities to Lithuania. DigiState focuses on offering its e-commerce specialization here. In the current hosting market of Lithuania, there is still room in this specific market segment.

DigiState has been offering a wide range of hosting services for more than 10 years, including web hosting, managed services and security. DigiState’s main focus is on e-commerce and webshop hosting. According to founder and owner Marin Heideman, Lithuania offers a lot of market potential here: “Lithuania is not an unknown region for me. I have been coming here for four years and have therefore been able to form a good insight of the hosting market and the players that are active in this particular market segment. We have had a market study carried out into the possibilities for e-commerce services. The results confirm my view that there are still lots of opportunities in this niche of the market in Lithuania. For example, there are few hosters who deal with Magento websites, something that DigiState specializes in.”

Because Heideman has been exploring the market in Lithuania for some time, he has also built up quite an extensive business network. “Over the years that I have been coming to Lithuania, I have had many interesting contacts,” he says. “As a result, I know with which local parties we can work together to offer our service. Of course, we ensure that the quality of this service is just as high as our services from the Netherlands.”

The website has been fully translated into Lithuanian and DigiState has opened its first office in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Marketing and PR activities are coordinated from here. The data center services are also offered from Lithuania. To be able to offer this, DigiState works together with local parties. For the provision of hosting services, DigiState has also entered into partnerships with Lithuanian data centers. The management of these servers is incidentally entrusted to the DigiState team in the Netherlands.

To support the start in Lithuania, DigiState is organizing a launch party in Vilnius this fall. “By organizing an event we want to make sure that the Lithuanian market gets to know us,” explains Heideman. “We therefore invite prospects to a launch party to present DigiState to them as a reliable provider of high-quality e-commerce hosting.”

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Cloudflare launches new, free VPN focused on security, performance and reliability

Cloudflare has launched a new virtual private network (VPN) called Warp, which the company calls “a VPN for people who don’t know what V.P.N. stands for”.

On the same day last year, Cloudflare had launched a new DNS service called 1.1.1.1 to deliver internet’s fastest and private internet experience to the customers.

Now, the company is taking the next step with the launch of Warp. The new solution promises to turn the weaknesses of other VPN solutions into strengths.

Rather than just securing and optimizing DNS queries, the Warp VPN will secure all the internet traffic and optimize it. This VPN not only works in web browsers but also applies to all the apps running in the phone. Once enabled, it will automatically encrypt all the unencrypted connections.

“We’ve built Warp around a UDP-based protocol that is optimized for the mobile Internet. We also leveraged Cloudflare’s massive global network, allowing Warp to connect with servers within milliseconds of most the world’s Internet users,” wrote Matthew Prince, Cloudflare Chief Executive, in a blog post.

“With our network’s direct peering connections and uncongested paths, we can deliver a great experience around the world. Our tests have shown that Warp will often significantly increase Internet performance.”

In addition to security, performance and reliability are the main factors that make Warp VPN stand apart from other such solutions. Other VPNs impact internet speed, but Cloudflare’s new solution doesn’t affect internet performance.

Cloudflare also mentioned that their tests show increased internet performance when the Warp is enabled. “The worse your network connection, the better Warp should make your performance.”

On the power consumption front, Warp has been built around WireGuard VPN protocol. This protocol is a modern one that is more efficient than legacy VPN protocols.

Also read: Cloudflare to provide domain names at wholesale price, with no rise in renewal costs

For wider adoption of the new VPN, Cloudflare has launched the basic version of Warp as an option with the 1.1.1.1 App for free. Cloudflare is also developing a premium version of the new VPN, called Warp+. This will leverage Cloudflare’s virtual private backbone and Argo technology, and will be even faster.

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Domain Newss

ICANN demands full deployment of DNSSEC across all domains

In a new announcement, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has mentioned that there is an ongoing and significant risk to some of the main parts of DNS (Domain Name System) infrastructure.

Several malicious activities are increasingly targeting the DNS infrastructure. In response to such activities, ICANN has called for full deployment of DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions) across all the unsecure domain names.

DNSSEC is a set of security protocols used to ensure DNS information isn’t accidentally or maliciously corrupted. It protects against cyberattacks by proving authenticity and integrity of a response from the nameserver.

ICANN is one of the main entities responsible for decentralized management of Internet. It is committed to ensure that the identifier systems of internet are secure, stable, and efficient. The entity also coordinates the main levels of the DNS for stable and secure operation.

Attackers are using different methodologies to make unauthorized changes to the delegation structure of domain names. They change the addresses of intended servers and use the addresses of machines that can be controlled by them.

However, some of these cyberattacks work only when the DNSSEC is not used. That is the reason ICANN is demanding for full deployment of DNSSEC across all the domains.

Implementation of DNSSEC not promises to address all the security issues of internet, but it will prevent cyberattacks where users are redirected to malicious websites.

Also read: Top security trends that will impact consumers and enterprises in 2019: Trend Micro report

“Although DNSSEC cannot solve all forms of attack against the DNS, when it is used, unauthorized modification to DNS information can be detected, and users are blocked from being misdirected,” explained ICANN.

In September last year, ICANN had said that it will perform a root zone DNSSEC KSK roll-over to strengthen the security of DNS.

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Online risks in India decreased by 2% as people decline unwanted contact—Microsoft report

Internet users worldwide reported increased levels of online civility, according to Microsoft’s 3rd Digital Civility Index which was released on Safer Internet Day 2019. India ranks 7th among the 22 countries that were surveyed.

Digital Civility Index (DCI) is the measurement of exposure of consumers to online risks. These risks are categorized into behavioral, intrusive, reputational, and sexual. These categories together consist of 17 distinct online risks. The DCI scores show the exposure of consumers to one of these 17 online risks.

The survey got completed in May 2018 and is based on the attitudes and perceptions of teens and adults about online behaviors and interactions.

The 3rd DCI index was released as part of Microsoft’s commitment to online safety. As per the report, the DCI score of India is 59%, while the global index is 66%. The positive news for India is that its DCI is decreasing by 2% every year. It was 63% two years ago, then decreased to 61% last year. This has happened because people are declining the unwanted contact.

Key findings of Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index (DCI)

  • Unwanted contact is the most common type of online risk

The online risk types that made India stood apart from global averages were receiving offensive content, encountering fake news, and encountering internet hoaxes.

People reported that they faced unwanted contact even when it was made clear that the contact was unwelcome. DCI for this in India is 36% compared to 32% globally.

Indians are increasingly encountering fake news and internet hoaxes. Further, there were several forms of behavioral risks like bullying. People said that they received unwanted sexual messages and images, and requests for sexual favors. This is increasing not only in India, but all around the world.

  • Social circles are becoming riskier

In India, people reported increased risks from family and friends, from 20% last year to 29% now. While, the Digital Civility Index for this globally is 28%.

Worldwide, 62% of online risks were reported from strangers and people respondents knew online only.

  • Severe pain from online risks highest in India

Around 76% of respondents in India experienced moderate or severe pain due to online risks, compared to 55% globally. Only 5% Indians reported no pain, while the index for same is 16% worldwide.

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  • Increase in consequences and decrease in positive actions

The consequences of online risks are increasing all over the world, whereas the positive actions taken against these risks are decreasing. As per the report, the consequences of online risks increased by 3-4 points, but positive actions taken against these risks decreased by 3-5%.

As a consequence of online risks, Indian consumers reported that they became less trusting to online and offline people, their life became more stressful, lost sleep, and became uninterested in social media, blogs, and forums.

The positive actions included pausing before replying to online people, defending people who were treated unsafe online, treating other people with respect, tightened privacy settings on social media, and respecting opinions of other people.

  • Online risks impacted millennials and teenagers the most

In terms of risk exposure, consequences and the pain (physical, psychological and emotional), the millennials and teenagers were hit the hardest.

  • Surge in teenagers asking for help

Globally, more teenagers asked for help with online risks from parents (42%) and adults (28%). Whereas, in India, they asked for help from parents (45%) and adults (26%).

Also read: Top security trends that will impact consumers and enterprises in 2019: Trend Micro report

Digital Civility Challenge

To foster safe and inclusive interactions online and to encourage people be accountable for their online behavior, Microsoft is challenging people to participate in the Digital Civility Challenge.

This challenge will include a number of actions, like living the golden rule by acting with empathy, compassion and kindness in every interaction, and treat online people with respect. People should respect the differences in opinion, take a minute before replying to things they don’t agree with, and stand up for themselves and others against online abuse.

Full report is available here.

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Google: The story behind Internet’s Giant

Today Google is the most respected and influential name in the digital world. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it is the unchallenged ruler of the internet kingdom. However, like any other brand, Google too has an interesting story behind its formation.

It started out as a research project

During 1996, two university students started a research project. At that time the duo, i.e., Larry Page and Sergey Brin, didn’t know that they have taken the baby steps towards building the digital world’s largest company. Page was considering exploring the WWW’s mathematical properties looking at the things with unique perspective. Larry focused on the connection between number/nature of backlinks and the specific web page to which it was associated. Soon Brin joined Page in the research project.

Modest functioning and meagre resources

Google started out on a very humble note and during its initial stage, it could not process more than 50 pages. For storing their limited data just 10 hard drives of 4 GB were sufficient that is just a fraction of the resources Google uses today for a massive 100 million GB! However, it seems that Larry and Sergey already had something great in mind as they used the Lego Design for supporting the future scalability.

A massive leap to the success

Due to the innovative concept and the constant efforts, the company progressed by leaps and bounds. Sergey and Page definitely didn’t anticipate the massive potential of the company but it seems that they had some inkling. That’s why they approached the digital Giant of that time- Yahoo! for selling Google. However, Yahoo didn’t seem to be convinced about the business viability of this young project that is why it declined the offer. It took them some time to realize the Google’s worth and they again called the company expressing their interest to buy it. It seems that they had “really” understood the worth of the company and were ready to pay a massive amount of $3 Billion! Was the amount really massive, for Google! Perhaps no! That’s why Google refused the offer.

The following infographic will take you on a quick tour around Google’s journey towards becoming an Internet giant. Take a look.

About Guest Author:

Mark Andrew is a web developer with varied interests- travel, wildlife, history, art, and of course technology! He is a keen supporter of free internet and when not in the cabin, he loves to spend his time outdoors exploring the world, people and technology.

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Mary Meeker’s Internet Trend Report 2017 highlights major e-commerce, cloud and mobile trends

Ace internet analyst and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers – Mary Meeker, came up with her Internet Trend Report 2017 at the Code Conference, California. The report highlighted the major trends revolving around mobile usage growth, e-commerce, online advertising, gaming, healthcare and steadily growing Indian and Chinese markets.

Some of the major highlights of the 355-slide presentation include:

  • Cloud – harbinger of change across enterprises

The report identified cloud as the major force driving change across enterprises. The increasing adoption rate is creating new opportunity pools for service providers. However, the report also identifies some cloud adoption concerns like data security issues, vendor-lock in and compliance. In Public cloud adoption race, AWS was identified as the leader while a strong growth was seen in Azure and Google Cloud platform.

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  • Online Advertising – Mobile driven Ad growth

Online advertising growth saw a major role of mobile usage. Mobile advertising spent was higher than the desktop advertising spent. Overall, the growth in advertising increased from 20 percent to 22 percent, YOY. The report also highlighted the importance of right placement of ads to avoid ad blocking by the users who are not interested in the ad. Facebook (Delivery Insights), Google (AdWords) and Snap (Snap Ads) were identified as the leading online Ad platforms.

  • Social Media – Increasing customer interactions

The report identified social media as a growing platform for rendering customer support, transparency and product quality. Customers trust the reviews posted on social media and raise product related queries and dissatisfaction. It can be effectively used for real-time online customer conversations.

  • Rapidly growing Indian market

Indian economy is seeing a huge GDP growth with more than 7% YOY growth, holding 7th positon in Global GDP Ranking. The internet market in India depicts fast growth with more than 28% growth in Internet users in June 2016, with 40% YOY growth. It stands at number one position in term of Android phone users. It is also witnessing market share war between key eCommerce players like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, ShopClues, etc.

  • Voice Recognition Accuracy – Continues to grow

Voice based search can replace the typing soon, per the report. 70% of the requests are found to be natural and in conversational language. Increasing trend towards artificial intelligence and machine learning will further increase the voice recognition accuracy.

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PEER 1 Hosting Launches an Interactive 3D App: Map of the Internet

PEER 1 Hosting, the global IT hosting provider, today announced the launch of its Map of the Internet app, a 3D visualization of the world’s networks and how they are connected. According to an official release, the app is part of PEER 1 Hosting’s mission to be the most human company on the web. The interactive app brings to life what the Internet physically looks like using the network addresses of ISPs, Internet exchange points, universities and other organizations that route traffic online.

Users can view Internet service providers (ISPs), Internet exchange points, universities and other organizations through two view options – Globe and Network. Additional features allow users to perform a trace route between where they are currently located to another destination on the map, generating the route with real-time data and calculating the time it takes for the data to travel between the two locations.

Robert Miggins, senior vice president, business development, PEER 1 Hosting said: “We’re passionate about the Internet and continue to look for ways to demonstrate and share that with the world; the Map of the Internet app exemplifies those efforts. People are curious about what’s going on under the hood of the Internet and this app allows users to easily view and understand how it works.”

PEER 1 Hosting’s Map of the Internet app serves as an educational tool for the hosting industry, academia and everyone interested in networking and the physical infrastructure of the Internet. Based on Internet topology from the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the app showcases the Internet’s evolution from its beginning to the present day, depicting 22,961 autonomous system nodes joined by 50,519 connections.
PEER 1 Hosting Launches Map of the Internet, an Interactive 3D App

People are curious about what’s going on under the hood of the Internet and this app allows users to easily view and understand how it works. – Robert Miggins,SVP, business development, PEER 1 Hosting.
Robert Miggins,SVP, business development, PEER 1 Hosting

Users can see where popular companies like Google and Facebook are located on the Internet, as well as when such companies first appeared online. The app. also projects what the Internet will look like in 2020 by using an algorithm based on current data, as well as predictions for the growth of the hosting industry by various independent research agencies. The app is available for download at AppStore and Google Play.

About PEER 1 Hosting
PEER 1 Hosting is one of the world’s leading web hosting providers, specialising in Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Services. Based in Vancouver, Canada, with European operations headquartered in Southampton, UK, the company has been serving commercial customer needs since 1999. PEER 1 Hosting is built on two obsessions: Ping & People. ‘Ping’ represents its commitment to best-in-breed technology, founded on a high performance 10Gbps FastFiber Network(tm) connected by 20 state-of-the-art data centres. ‘People’ represents its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service to its more than 13,000 customers worldwide, backed by a 100 per cent uptime guarantee. For more information visit: www.peer1hosting.co.uk

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Funniest Tweets on the Trend – 83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake

Facebook or Fakebook?

In a 10-Q filing, Facebook acknowledged that a total of 8.7% — or 83 million — accounts on the network are bogus. Of that 8.7%, 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are usermisclassified accounts and 1.5% are “undesirable” accounts, a.k.a. spam. See how Twitter got flooded with the funniest tweets on the Trend #83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake

 

BoyBelieb Dylan  ‏@TheBieberZot_

83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake : whatever xD i have twitter :p

 ‏@itscyrusbieber

83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake. post it on facebook. why its trending on twitter. lol idgaf

BHAKSALA ‏@bhak_sala

83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake; I really doubt my identity now

TD ‏@Tomm_Dogg

83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake. Don’t be surprised. More than that exist in real World.

 ‏@PR_WhoRu

83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake ? So you’re saying I’m not actually in a relationship with Anne Hathaway? I DO NOT like this!

Reply through comments if you too tweeted something more funny than the above tweets for #83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fake

 

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Investigative Journalism Got a New Home with YouTube – The I Files

Rigorous reporting & Investigative Journalism surely get a way ahead with YouTube – The I Files. Curated by the Center for Investigative Reporting with funding from the Knight Foundation, The I Files will be a hub and community for investigative journalism on the web, showcasing reporting that digs deep into stories, gives background to complex issues, and reveals details that help us make better sense of our world.

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The investigative news channel, I Files, launched yesterday with 10 videos and is reported to be updated on a daily basis. Programmed by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), The I Files selects and showcases the best investigative videos from around the world. An official blogpost on Center for Investigative Reporting’s website details that the stories shown will ‘investigate power, reveal secrets and illuminate your world.

As per YouTube’s blogpost, “The contributors to The I Files include such luminary media outlets as The New York Times, BBC, ABC News and Al Jazeera, and organizations like the Investigative News Network and their member non-profit news organizations like the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Investigative Workshop at American University.”

Sharing the vision behind this experiment, Stephen Talbot, Senior Producer at CIR stated on a blogpost, “The main assignment of I Files is to be timely and relevant, to provide an outlet for a citizen journalist who captures an incredible moment on camera, but above all to dig deeper and to present well-reported and engaging stories that offer real information and insights.”

Talbot further states, “With The I Files, we hope to create a community of engaged viewers and video journalists who share a passion for discovering how the world really works and how it can change.”

Check out the I Files Facebook page or Subscribe to I Files to get the best of online investigate journalism reach directly to your Inbox.

How you see the future of investigative journalism with I Files? Comments Invited!!

 

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