MonthJune 2014

• GraceNet Alert ~ Upsurge In Phishing Attacks

It is important for you to know that there has been an internet-wide upsurge in bank phishing attacks against websites around the world.

In these attacks a hacker gains access to a website by obtaining or guessing the site password or, more often, exploiting a weakness in code on the website. They then place files on the website designed to fool people into thinking they are at their legitimate bank website where they enter their account access information and the hacker then has what is needed to access and potentially empty a person’s bank account.

What Does This Mean For You?  If your website is hacked by a Phisher, your site will quickly be tagged by the major internet security blacklists and this can cause your website to be totally inaccessible.  Once listed, it can take a while to get all the criteria met to have your site declared safe. This is often a very expensive ordeal to go through costing hundreds of dollars.

What Should You Do?  Make sure your cPanel/FTP passwords are very strong, using upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.  If you have ANY doubt, change them immediately to a very strong password. You can generate a strong password here:  http://passwordsgenerator.net/  

If your website uses blogs or message boards or ANY .php pages they need to be current versions and up to date coding.

•••• Our GraceNet Anti-Malware System has caught hundreds of these attacks as well as literally thousands of other types of assaults on our client’s websites so we strongly recommend that, if you have not already done so, you add this incredibly valuable protection to your site.  Information is here:

http://gracenet.org/GNMalware.html

Safe Hosting,
The GraceNet

• Google Chrome Fast Becoming The Primary Web Browser

• The below statistics from the first 5 months of May, 2014 show the amazing lead that Google Chrome has developed in the web browser market.  Closing in on 60% of the browsers in use, Chrome is becoming the browser of choice around the world.

Browser Usage

Is it any wonder that developers are flocking to create useful extensions for Chrome? The old standard of Internet Explorer has fallen way back in the pack and it’s no wonder with all the issues it has been found to have.

If you do not use Chrome as your browser, you may want to give it a try. You can get it here:

https://www.google.com/intl/en_us/chrome/

Happy Browsing,
The GraceNet