Why you should be responsible for your own web security 1

Why you should be responsible for your own web security

Recent significant hacks by cyber-criminals have increased the level of cyber-security awareness. Many now know that no site is safe from cyber-attacks and it is up to the individual website owners to take up ownership of the security of their site.

Here are a few ways you can keep your website secure and reduce the risk of attacks:

Keep plugins up to date

Ensuring your plugin is continuously up to date is necessary to ensure the safety of your site. Updating a site’s plugin must be applied to both the server operating system and any software you may be running on your websites these include a Content Management System (CMS) or forums. Vigilance is vital as hackers are quick to exploit any weakness in the system. If you are like most, who are unable to keep track of which plugin to update, using a managed hosting solution would be a preferred choice. Allowing automatic updates saves you massive headaches in the long-run and helps you to save money as well.

Protect against Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks

Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks are the injection of malicious JavaScript into your pages, which then takes over the browsers of your users, site defacement, or steal valuable information. Enabling a Content Security Policy (CSP) helps to detect and mitigate these attacks.

Beware of error messages

Be more cautious with the amount of information you are giving away when replying error messages. Confirm the source of error messages first and do not disclose sensitive pieces of information such as API keys or database passwords).

Use HTTPS

HTTPS is a protocol used to provide security over the Internet. HTTPS guarantees that users are using the right server and that nobody else can intercept or change the content they see in transit. Sites that are involved with e-commerce or handles sensitive information such as a customer’s credit card number or account login information requires HTTPS protocol to prevent these sensitive pieces of information from falling into the wrong hands. Notably, Google has announced that SEO rankings of sites with HTTPS are enhanced, positioning these sites at a higher ranking on Google search.

Interested in protecting your website from malicious hackers? WebNIC provides comprehensive web security features including SSL certificate and anti-malware solution to ensure adequately safeguarding of sites. Find out more here.

When Should I Buy an Organization Validated (OV) Certificate? 2

When Should I Buy an Organization Validated (OV) Certificate?

Assuming you are operating a traditional business trying to go online, or a small to medium-sized e-commerce enterprise that plans to publish contents, products or provides materials on a consistent basis, ensuring customer confidence in your site leads to good traffic and contributes to organic growth. To ensure that site visitors are safe when visiting your site you have decided to have SSL certificate on your site but with the various SSL certificates out in the market it can be difficult to determine which is the most suitable for your site.

When it comes to SSL certificates, it is vital to understand the goals of your website. As a small-medium enterprise, you might have probably heard of applying for an organization validation certificate to protect your website, but have some reservations due to the high price point. Let’s take a moment and have a look at the benefits of having an OV certificate.

OV certificates are considered a more secure SSL certificate for e-commerce businesses. That is because before the certificate authority (CA) grants an OV certificate a mandatory call to the requestor determines the applicant’s authenticity.

The CA verifies if the business adheres to the following features before issuing an OV certificate:

– It exists under the stipulated name
– Listed address of the business is genuine
– It owns the domain name

Once the CA verifies the above criteria to be genuine, the applicant receives an OV certificate and places it on the site.

The benefits of OV certificate

An OV cert displays name of the organization in the certificate. Listing the name of the organization confirms the existence of the organization, allows visitors to view and validate the ownership of the site, and verify that their private data securely transmits to the intended recipient. Hence, sites with an OV certificate are deemed to be more secure and trustworthy especially for websites conducting transactions online.

As more cybercriminals are conducting phishing scams online, it is up to website owners to be more vigilant in protecting their visitors who are conducting a transaction on their websites. Getting an OV certificate although expensive can potentially save you much money and safeguard your reputation in the market.

WebNIC provides comprehensive security features including SSL and antimalware software to ensure adequately safeguarding of sites. Visit here to view our SSL offers.

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Startup friendly SSL is coming…

At Webnic, we are continually searching to expand our product range to enable our resellers to provide business value to their end customers, thus increase their profits along the way.

We are proud to announce our collaboration with Comodo, one of the leading SSL certificate providers in the market. Comodo has been positioned as one of the starts up friendly SSL brands in the market from its product and price range offering.

We will be launching Comodo with attractive rebate and bundle promotion in coming July. Be sure to watch this space!

As the largest Internet service provider in South East Asia, WebNIC offers a plethora of Internet service solutions including domain name, ccTLDs, SSL and web security. Interested to join as part of our 4,000 resellers? Click here to find out more.

How SSL and Antimalware Improve Your Level of Web Security 4

How SSL and Antimalware Improve Your Level of Web Security

Previously we have covered on how to determine when a website is secure and have identified the types of secure sockets layer (SSL) in the market. Visit this link to find out more https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-secure-site-safe-webnic-cc/. For this article, we will cover how a website can increase the safety of their website using only two web security methods.
Firstly SSL,
Ever since web browsers have been pushing hard on SSL adoption more websites have already started to adopt SSL as part of their web security features; assuring web visitors peace of mind when visiting and conducting transactions on their site. Users have also been more aware of what to look out for when visiting a website. Features such as an https:// web address, closed padlock, and in some cases, a green bar can identify if a website SSL secured.

So what are benefits of SSL?

1. It protects sensitive data.

Transaction through a website with SSL certificate ensures that your information is encrypted. Meaning data transacted from your computer is locked and opened by the intended receiver. No one else will have the key to unlock it preventing criminals from obtaining your information.

2. Provide authentication to a website

When a website has SSL certificate rest assured that an independent third party known as the Certificate Authority (CA) will verify the identity of the site. Identity verification is the most crucial aspect of web security, and it is one of the primary tasks of SSL certificate.

When installing SSL certificate, a validation process is required and will ensure its validity. Depending on the type of document, the CA will verify the identity of the individual website owner or the organization. Once confirmed, trust indicators will be placed on the website affirming that the site is secure for a transaction, improving customers trust when visiting the site.

3. SEO, SEO, SEO

Search engines have been ramping up their systems to encourage the adoption of SSL certificates. Thus right now https-enabled websites are given a higher priority in search rankings.

Secondly Antimalware,

Having SSL certificate alone is not enough to protect your visitors and customers from online criminals. While SSL protects data and affirms your identity, there are still many other ways criminals can gain access and steal sensitive information.

One of the more common ways online criminals gain access to your website is by subtly installing malware. A website infected by malware is affected in several ways:

1. Stolen sensitive data

2. Traffic directed to another site

3. Site’s appearance altered

4. Spam keywords or comments injected into website copy

The risk of a website being hacked increases according to the number of features it has. Unmonitored features for regular updates such as social media links and plugins are vulnerable to website hacks.

Such attacks will lead to blacklisting on search engines, loss of customers and eventually a loss of profit. An antimalware software solves this by:

1. Provide alerts for any vulnerabilities or malware on the website

2. Automatically removes malware

3. Updates plugins as soon as a new security patch is available

4. Remove unused plugins for over a year

In today’s ubiquitous Internet environment the probability of a website being hacked in on the rise. It is the responsibility of website owners to ensure the safety of their visitors and customers when visiting or purchase a product on their site.

Interested in protecting your website from malicious hackers? WebNIC provides comprehensive security features including SSL and antimalware software to ensure adequately safeguarding of sites. Find out more here.

When a Secure Site is Not Safe 5

When a Secure Site is Not Safe

Ever since Google started marking sites without HTTPS, getting your site secure is no longer an option. So how do you get your site secured in the first place? In most cases, you will have to purchase a secure sockets layer or most commonly known as SSL. SSL’s are categorized into 3 different types, the cheapest and least secure being the Domain Validated (DV) Certificate, followed by the Organization Validated (OV) Certificate and the most secure being the Extended Validation (EV) Certificate. All certificates must be verified by the Certificate Authority (CA) prior to issuance of an SSL certificate.

Here is a break down on what they are:

Domain Validated Certificate (DV):

– The most common type of certificate.
– Free sources often found online.
– CA only exchanges a confirmation email or owner places a verification file provided by the CA.

Organization Validated Certificate (OV):

– Requires more validation thus providing more trust.
– CA requires applicants to be actual businesses Highest level of security
– The organization name is listed in the certificate ensuring the website and company are legitimate.

Extended Validated Certificates (EV):

– Easily recognized by a “Green Bar” implemented in the address bar
– Name of organization is shown in the address bar
– Thorough authentication to determine the organization’s domain ownership rights and organization is bound to a subscriber agreement.

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So you might be asking if all these free DV certificates out there are able to provide you with the minimum encryption required by Google why bother paying for an SSL certificate? Well, here is where you are wrong. Secure does not necessarily mean safe. As with all freebies, many shortfalls will be attached to the product (See Below).

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Although cost is a major factor when running a business, getting a free DV SSL to protect your website might cost you more in the long run. Paying for an SSL that provides more security such as an OV or EV certificate will be beneficial to your business in the long run and allowing you to focus on your bottom line without worrying about the technical stuff.

As the largest Internet service provider in South East Asia, WebNIC offers SSL solutions from RapidSSL, Thawte, and GeoTrust ensuring our partners and their customers are safe browsing the World Wide Web. Click here to join us as a web-service reseller.

Facts about web security that you didn’t know about 8

Facts about web security that you didn’t know about

Amidst recent headline-grabbing website hacks big corporations and individual website owners alike are still in a state of ignorance about the need for a web security solution for their website. Think that hackers will only break into the website of big corporations? Think again.

Here are some statistics that every website owner must know:

1. A total of 99% of website attacks occur in blogs, small businesses and non-profits.
2. A brand value will decline by as much as 30% after a web security breach.
3. A total of 30,000 websites are compromised every day.
4. As many as 29% of the web runs on WordPress, Joomla! or Drupal that requires constant updates and 80% of those are outdated.
5. 44% of small business experienced a hack in the year prior. Losing as many as 65% of their customers.

If you are wondering how often hackers attack a site, here are more statistics for you:

1. The average information website deals with 22 attacks per day and up to 8000 attacks a year.
2. As many as 60% of websites that have been infected will be hacked again within 3 months of the initial attack.

These alarming statistics indicate that hackers do not discriminate when it comes to attacking a website. More often than not it is the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are more vulnerable to such attacks since most are too busy to think about security in depth or lack the resources to consistently run updates and patches on their Content Management System (CMS) platform such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal.

So why do you need website security?

1. Protecting customers’ information
Protection your customer’s information should be your number 1 priority. The digital age has become more porous than ever allowing a free flow of personal information across the web. As such customers are worried about security risks of the Internet with identity theft being the number one concern.Therefore, to increase customer confidence in your website ensure that your web security provider includes a security seal. Security seals are becoming more common as a means to reassure customers that the site is secure.

2. Protect your brand and reputation
Any security breach regardless of its magnitude will affect your reputation significantly. Websites that have been identified as a security risk will lose visitors quickly reducing the chance of recurring customers as well. Once the damage is done recovering from a web security breach will be difficult. Hence, when it comes to website security, prevention is always better than cure

3. Improve SEO ranking
Google detects a total of 10,000 malicious sites per day. Don’t allow one of it be you! Once a website has been identified as a security threat search engine will reduce its SEO ranking significantly to protect their customers. As customers become warier about internet risks, search engines are ramping up their search engine crawler providing a safe environment for their customers to surf the net.

As the largest Asia ccTLDs provider, Webnic has partnered with SiteLock, the fasting growing web security solutions provider to educate and provide web security solutions to our resellers. Click here to join us as a web-service reseller.

How to Guide: Becoming a Profitable Web-Service Reseller 9

How to Guide: Becoming a Profitable Web-Service Reseller

Industry 4.0 is here! New industries such as the Internet of Things platform, 3D printing, big data analytics and advanced algorithms, augmented reality and cloud computing will create new start-ups and create new business segment that requires web-service bundles more than ever before. Thus, there is no better time to become a web-service reseller than right now. So here are 4 tips on how you can become a profitable web-service reseller.

Product

Want to be profitable? Solve a problem or better solve a few problems. Few customers will only have one problem to solve. Hence as a business, it is essential that you have a variety of relatable services to address multiple problems. The quickest way to increase your inventory is by collaborating with a wholesaler that has a large web-service portfolio.

Pricing

Ensure that your products are priced at a competitive rate. Customers will always be price sensitive when making a purchase decision. Although a discount promotion is a good way to attract your customers but do not be overzealous in your discounts just to compete with your competitors. A business is only sustainable when there is cash flow. Therefore, find a balance between attractive promotions while maintaining a healthy profit margin.

Support

An attractive price will draw customers but only a good service will retain them. Make your customers happy by streamlining administrative processes including billing, customer support, and enquiries. This could be a handful especially for resellers who are just starting out in this business hence, it is essential to partner with a wholesaler who is able to share this responsibility with you. Creating happy customers will not only create brand loyalty but generate referral customers as well.

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Value-added services

As a business always get the most bang for your buck. Not only will this save you cost but it increases your portfolio of web-services as well. Work with reputable partners who have you and your customer’s interest in mind, does not have any hidden charges and addresses your problems immediately. Partners who provide the lowest fees might not always be the cheapest.

At Webnic we hold a plethora of web services including domain names, registry lock, name wrap, new gTLDs, SSL certificate, website security, and trademark clearinghouse services to ensure our reseller is able to meet their customers every need. Our affordable web-service pricing, value added services such as free DNS hosting, free WHOIS protection and 24/7 support system have allowed all our 4000+ resellers to remain profitable for them since our inception. Click here to join us as a web-service reseller.

A Domain that Epitomises Growth-.Asia 11

A Domain that Epitomises Growth-.Asia

.Asia, established as a unique domain to represent the Earth’s largest and most populous continent is growing ever more popular. Consistent GDP and population growth have positioned Asia as a fertile ground for investments as well as start-up growth.

Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in a .Asia domain right now:

1. Unicorns

Asia accounts for 40% of the world’s unicorn value. This is unsurprising considering the successes of innovative start-up companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, Flipkart, and GrabTaxi. The number of unicorns in this region is poised to grow largely contributed by the robust economic environment, increasing GDP growth and increasing the wealth of the population in this region.

2. A Growing Youth Population

Asian countries top the world’s youth population with 5 countries [Bangladesh (48 million), Pakistan (59 million), Indonesia (67 million), China (269 million), and India (356 million)] being ranked among the top 8 highest youth population in the world. A large youth population represents a higher economic resource, increase labour pool and a growing consumer market, factors that can prove beneficial to companies and countries as a whole.

3. Access to the Largest Internet Marketplace

Being the largest continent on Earth it’s not surprising that Asia is also home to the largest Internet Marketplace in the world. Rapid growth in Internet access, high mobile penetration rate, and a booming e-wallet economy will further contribute to the growth of this market.

4. Simplified registration process

On July 15th, 2017 .Asia has updated their policy to allow for easier registrations for entities without pre-existing regional address or proof of local ID. Now everyone can register a .Asia domain with ease.

5. Support Internet development and access in Asia

Feeling charitable? Now you can do some good every time you purchase a domain. Every purchase of .Asia domain contributes to funding Internet development and access in Asia. You can register a .Asia domain at webnic.cc.

WebNIC is a leading authority in technology services, a one-stop online solution focused on domain name wholesale service, online security solution, trademark protection, and digital brand management. We are a registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan we serve 4,000+ active resellers over 60 countries. For more info visit us at www.webnic.cc

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Welcome to the “ME” generation

Although .ME is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Montenegro, but, due to its ubiquitous use to describe oneself it is increasingly being used as a personalization domain for both individuals and companies alike.

Here are the TOP 5 reasons why you should use .me

1. Create your own brand – the domain .ME itself exudes a sense of individualistic personality to promote your personal brand.

2. No more .coms – Thinking of creating a personal blog, online resume or a startup? You’ll probably can’t find the names of your choice with a .com domain. .ME is still widely available and you stand a better chance of securing your domain name with a .me extension instead.

3. Used by companies – Individuals aren’t the only ones looking to personalize. Companies are too. Don’t believe us? Here are a few examples: Spotify (Spotify.me), Time magazine (ti.me), Telegram (telegram.me), Paypal (Paypal.me), Facebook messenger (messenger.me) and Facebook (fb.me).

4. Catchy domain names – Impress your peers, future employers, and clients! Use your personalized .ME domain to inform them about your achievements and skills or even your adventures! Anybody can have a name card, LinkedIn account, and a resume but a .ME domain makes you special.

5. Get creative – With more than 400 words in the English dictionary ending with “me” get creative with your domain name! e.g. aweso.me, welco.me, pri.me, handso.me and many more!

.ME is cheaper compared to .COM

WebNIC is an Internet service provider focused on domain name wholesale service and web security services. We are a registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan we serve 4,000+ active resellers over 60 countries. For more info visit us at www.webnic.cc

What are country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)? 13

What are country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)?

Top level domains (TLDs) are the highest domains in the internet’s DNS structure and most recognizable as the letters located right after the last dot on a domain name (e.g., .com in “www.example.com). A ccTLDs is a type of TLDs however it represents specific geographic locations. For example, .SG represents Singapore while .TH represents Thailand. Most ccTLDs uses the ISO 3166-1 country codes but non-English ccTLDs such as .新加坡 or .சிங்கப்பூர் are also available and are known as internationalized country code top-level domains (IDNccTLDs). So why use ccTLDs?

.coms are getting overcrowded.

.com being the first and most common domain has been the preferred domain choice for many. With tens of thousands of domain names being registered every day getting a .com domain with the exact name you desire has become virtually impossible. You are more likely to obtain a domain name of your choice with ccTLDs.

One word – Google

Google likes it. Need we say more? In fact, Google likes ccTLDs so much that it has listed it as one of the top elements for websites wanting to target a certain country and region. Google also assumes that a site with a ccTLDs domain and its content is specifically relevant to that certain geographical area.

Instill customer trust and confidence

For an international organization wanting to have a local presence, having a website with a ccTLDs domain will improve the probability of driving local traffic to your site. Customers are also more likely to trust and complete their transactions with companies with a ccTLDs domain as it is perceived that there is a higher probability that a purchased product will be received. This phenomenon is most prevalent in Asian countries. Here, customers are more likely to trust localized websites with a ccTLDs and display the regions local currency. Webnic.cc is the world’s leading domain name wholesaler with a plethora of ccTLDs from various continents including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia and Africa. To find out more visit our list of ccTLDs here https://www.webnic.cc/domain-wholesale/
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