Vulnerability Scanned Websites

vulnerabilityTo me, shopping on the Internet is the best thing to have ever happened to mankind since the invention of the internet itself.

According to a recent study, 51% of Americans prefer to shop online than in stores and 96% of American adults, at some point in their lives, have made an online purchase.

Impressive numbers don’t you think? That is why e-commerce is estimated to be growing at a rate of 23% every year.

The problem of website vulnerability has been a major concern for e-commerce websites.

Hackers are more and more prevalent – as seen this week in the huge Equifax data breach that saw the identity theft of 143 million people in the US, Canada and United Kingdom.

Vulnerability scanning involves the use of computer programs designed to assess computers, websites, networks or applications for weaknesses that can be exploited by hackers and identity thieves. These scans are used to discover the weak points or loopholes in website designs. Currently, Trust Guard scans for more than 75,575 of these security holes.  Unsafe websites is a very big problem for e-commerce owners because they require their customers to submit sensitive information to make their purchases. Imagine how useful this information would be in the hands of  identity thieves. From credit card information to mailing addresses, phone numbers, account details and photographs, it’s like giving these thieves the key to your home, bank account and your office.

Your customers worry about the safety of their personal information when they visit your website.

They worry about the vulnerability of your website. Ask yourself this, why should I save my money in a bank that has a massive hole on the side of its vault through which anyone can have free access? Your customers need to feel as safe using your website as they do at their bank. Look at things from the perspective of your customers. Why would they give their personal information to a website that isn’t safe?

As an online shopper, you should only shop on websites that have been thoroughly scanned for vulnerabilities by a reputable website protection company. Website protection companies like Trust Guard are able to completely uncover a website’s vulnerabilities and instruct the website owner how to fix them. How can you identify e-commerce websites that are free from vulnerabilities? Quite simple. You can check websites for security trust seals. Security scanned trust seals are an indication that the website you’re shopping on is safe.

We know that everything on the internet is hackable. However, it will take expertise and focus for hackers to attack a vulnerability-free website.


Identity TheftThis article was written by Emmanuel Ozigi, a biochemist in the making from Nigeria. In my spare time, I’m a science, health, and fitness blogger. I also specialize in graphic design and photo editing. I also have this insatiable hunger for information and the desire to learn new things. Visit my blog at


Playing Russian Roulette with Hackers

Business owners who never scan their websites for security vulnerabilities are playing Russian Roulette with hackers.

Russian Roulette is the practice of loading a bullet into one chamber of a revolver, spinning the cylinder and then pulling the trigger while pointing the gun at one’s own head. There is a one in six chance that the bullet will kill you. It’s an activity that is potentially very dangerous.


Russian Roulette


There are people out there that love to take risks. They go climb cliffs, swim in oceans, and walk into dance clubs leaving very little to the imagination. Hobbies aside, some people take unnecessary risks with their online businesses. More than 30,000 websites of all shapes and sizes fall prey to hackers every single day, holidays included. But for some unexplainable reason, there are those who believe that, although they have done nothing to protect themselves from viruses and malware, getting hacked could never happen to them.


Truth is, there are about the same odds in getting hacked as there are in playing Russian Roulette. And the same is true for both games: the longer you play, the ‘better’ the chances of ending the life of your body or business. If you have been in business for more than five years without ever running a security scan, consider yourself a very lucky person.


Security scans, like those performed by Trust Guard and their partners, can check for over 75,500 vulnerabilities used by hackers to make a total mess – just like Russian Roulette would make a total mess of your face. More than 85% of all websites they scan fail their first scan – which demonstrates the overall need for additional and consistent scanning.


If you haven’t scanned your website, contact Trust Guard and use this 50% off discount code: STO50. They have a money back guarantee. They’ll also give you a trust seal. It’s a little image that you display on your site to show website’s visitors that you’re not a risk-taker when it comes to their online safety. When they see the seal, it gives them peace of mind, so more of them buy from you.


So stop taking unnecessary risks. Sign up for security scans from Trust Guard.

Yahoo Hack Calls for Improved Passwords and Security

Although the Yahoo hack took place in 2014, it was just yesterday, the first day of Autumn 2016, that they fessed up to it.

Yahoo acknowledged that hackers stole the account information of at least 500 million users. Information intercepted by the Yahoo hack included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords, and security questions.Yahoo Hack

Security experts say the incident could have far-reaching consequences for users beyond Yahoo’s services. This is because access to Yahoo could also provide login information (including passwords) to other sites as well. This could include access to social sites, sure. But it could also include bank accounts and domain and hosting accounts for small business owners.

If you had/have a Yahoo account, you should assume that your PII (Personally Identifiable Information) was stolen. Changing Yahoo passwords will be just the start for many of you. Comb through other services — especially those for which you provided a Yahoo email address to create an account — to make sure passwords used on those sites aren’t too similar to what you were using on Yahoo. Change passwords for sites that contain sensitive information like financial, health, business, or credit card data.

Never use the same password across multiple sites. Protect your username and passwords – even from friends or co-workers that you think you trust. Try a password manager like 1Password or LastPass. These sites create a unique password for each website you visit and store them in a database protected by a master password that you create. Password managers reduce the risk of reused passwords or those that are easy to decode.

You should already be treating everything you receive online with an abundance of suspicion, in case hackers are trying to trick you out of even more information. Looking for links to SSL-protected websites is a start. Don’t click on any links without knowing where they go.

When on a website, look for trust seals from trusted third-party vendors like Trust Guard who can verify the site’s privacy policy, legitimacy as a business, and even its safety by running periodic security vulnerability scans. These scans can detect issues the company might have and help the business resolve them before hackers get the chance to mess things up. Sites using these services go the extra mile, making every possible attempt to keep your PII safe and secure.

Report Shows an Increase in DDoS & Web App Attacks

web app attacksAccording to Acamai’s State of the Internet/Security Report for Q1 of 2016, there has been an increase in DDoS and web app attacks.

For those of you who might not know, DDoS is short for Distributed Denial of Service. DDoS is a type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a DoS attack.

According to the report, there has been a 23% increase in DDoS attacks and a 26% increase in web application attacks, compared with Q4 2015, setting new records for the number of attacks in the quarter. The rise in repeat DDoS attacks, with an average of 29 attacks per targeted customer – including one customer who was targeted 283 times.

PCI compliant security scanning from Trust Guard can help protect your website from hackers by monitoring the level of security of your site. They then send you a detailed report to inform you that your site is safe or that one or more of over 75,406 vulnerabilities that hackers use to infiltrate sites and servers are readily accessible to them.

With this report, you and/or your hosting company can quickly repair the issue. A new scan of your site from Trust Guard will show whether or not you fixed the issue. Once your site passes its scan, they will continue to monitor – since new vulnerabilities are being found every day.

If you’d like, Trust Guard can even provide you with a trust seal to display at strategic locations on your website (above the fold and on your check-out page) so that you can show your online visitors and potential customers that you take their safety and security seriously. These seals are guaranteed to increase your online sales.

For a free scan to see where you stand regarding your website’s level of security and potential for web app attacks, visit

To view the entire report from Acamai, click here.

Feel Safe & Secure with Trust Guard

Website security is one of the biggest priorities for online shoppers.

website securityWhen they visit a website, they hope that it is a legitimate site. They’ve heard the horror stories. They’ve maybe even starred in a few of them. Internet shoppers are concerned about mean, greedy predators that are looking for ways to steal their personal information and take their money.

Online business owners want their visitors to have enough peace of mind that they will feel comfortable when visiting their site – so much so that shoppers will want to purchase their products and tell all their friends and family members about how amazing the experience was for them. They want visitors to feel all warm and fuzzy when they see their logo.

That’s where Trust Guard, the leader in website security and verification, comes in. They provide the trust and confidence your customers need to become buying customers by providing images (trust seals) for you to display on your website. These images show people visiting the site that you are a real company that cares about their safety and security. 

Trust Guard is the best in the business at instilling trust and confidence in online shoppers. In fact, several comparison tests show that Trust Guard’s seals increase conversion rates on e-commerce sites by an average of fifteen percent. They’re so confident that they provide a double-your-money-back guarantee if you don’t increase your conversion rate using their Security Scanned trust seal. 

Repetitive Trust Guard security scanning is the most effective way to keep hackers out while simultaneously boosting sales. And did we mention it’s super easy? They scan for tens of thousands of vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to steal from your website. Simply put, Trust Guard finds security holes on your website and server so e-commerce business owners can close them up before hackers can get security

Once your website is safe (after it has successfully passed the security scan), they provide e-commerce website owners with a trust seal. Owners (or their IT team) then place it above the fold and on their checkout pages and watch as their sales take off. The process to copy and paste the coding onto the website is fast. In just a few minutes online business owners can secure their website, build customer trust and loyalty, prevent hacking attacks, and boost their conversion rate.  This simple process and the fact that Trust Guard’s seals are guaranteed to help e-commerce business owners make more money are two reasons not to hold off any longer. Start growing your business today – with Trust Guard!

Hackers are Paying Close Attention to Your Small Business!

Security Scanning Deters Would-Be Hackers

The truth is, if you don’t perform periodic security scanning on your website, your online business might be the perfect target for hackers.

For a long time, it seemed like cyber-attacks only happened to the big boys – large companies or state and federal agencies. Small online organizations with few financial resources and an unknown brand name could pretty much rest easily knowing that even if their sites weren’t safe, they wouldn’t have to worry about bad people wasting their time on such an insignificant business.

That was then. Now small businesses get hacked every second of every day. proclaims that the proverbial dam has broken for people interested in making a mess of the little guys’ websites. Today, if you aren’t scanning your site to find potential vulnerabilities used by hackers, there’s an 87% chance you will get hacked today or at the very least that your website is currently susceptible to hackers should they want to access your site tomorrow.

According to the security company Symantec, cyber-attacks on small businesses rose 300% in 2012 from 2011. Jeremy Grant, an adviser for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, that that in the past two years he has seen a relatively sharp increase in hackers and other like-minded adversaries targeting small businesses. One reason that hackers might be attracted to smaller online businesses is because they tend to have much weaker online security measures than larger entities.

Hackers see these sites as easily accessible, like a thief that knows that the home owners are on vacation for two weeks, don’t have any security systems or alarms, and keep a key to the front door under the welcome mat. A simple hack to an open website security vulnerability could translate into reams of sensitive data. And if any of these smaller companies have Fortune 500 companies as customers, hackers will see them as an even more enticing target to enter into the larger company’s database.

Companies like Trust Guard, the leader in website security, can scan the websites of small business owners for vulnerabilities used by hackers to steal information or disrupt their business. They then provide a detailed report that online business owners can access to fix any potential issues. Once a site is scanned, it’s very difficult for a hacker to get access. For a one-time free security scan, contact Trust Guard today at 877.848.2731.

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Airport Security Scans & Website Security Scans

Website Security Body ScansAm I the only one who hates body and suitcase scans at the airport?

Scans can be intrusive, embarrassing, and often come close to crossing the line of what should stay private and what needs to be known in order to keep everyone safe.

 However, after all the extensive scanning at the airport, I can relax knowing that the environment I’m in is safer than it would have been without the scans. The same is true for online shopping. If I know that a website has gone through the rigorous efforts associated with security scanning to protect itself against vulnerabilities used by hackers, I can relax knowing that the website’s environment is much safer than it would have been without the scans.

Many websites that have performed security scans also display a Security Scanned seal, like those offered by Trust Guard. After scanning your site and finding all in order, they provide a trust seal so that your online visitors can feel at peace shopping on a scanned site.

 It would be nice if every website owner scanned their site for vulnerabilities against hackers, just like everyone at the airport gets body scanned, but that’s just not the case. Hackers break into unscanned websites every second of every day. Without a trust seal, if a website asks for a credit card or other confidential information, how do visitors know if the site is safe?

At the airport, getting a body and luggage scan is a nuisance, but it ensures a higher level of peace and safety about flying that I would have had otherwise. I don’t have to guess who has been body scanned and who hasn’t. But online, it’s difficult to know which site is safe. It’s nice to see a trust seal displayed showing that the website values its visitors’ safety and security.

Trust Guard's Security Scanned Seal

Businesses should perform security scans on their sites then they should display a trust seal to show their online visitors that they are just as safe as, if not safer than, an airport terminal.