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Hacking Websites Is Still a Thing — Don’t Get Exploited!

  When it comes to hacking websites, notorious hackers provide stories that, in some cases, are impossible to believe.    But do!    The limits of the human mind are nonexistent when it comes to sleuthing the system. That’s why our goal is always to stay on our toes when keeping your website out of reach and super secure from meddling minds.   Take these three famous hackers: The Department of Justice called Kevin Mitnick the “most wanted computer criminal in U.S. history.” He was also one of the FBI’s Most Wanted after hacking into 40 major corporations.  Graham Ivan…

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Secure Your Hosting Account in 2022

Why Security Matters The virtual world is booming, but so is the darker underside of the internet. Various hacks have made news this past year, and it’s likely only going to get worse.  Websites aren’t immune to these attacks. In fact, they’re increasingly vulnerable since they live in virtual space.  So how do you protect your website in a world where hacks are getting more sophisticated? We have a few tips:  Turn on Malware Scanning Malware can be incredibly disruptive to websites. It can result in site defacement, stolen information, and more.  Plus, it’s stealthy. You won’t always know you…

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WordPress Security: Make it Harder for Hackers with These Tips

The Importance Of WordPress Security WordPress is a fantastic tool. In fact, it powers a gigantic percentage of the sites on the internet today. However, becoming a giant isn’t without setbacks.  Because WordPress is so popular, it also means that it’s a popular choice for digital attacks. That’s why it’s imperative to practice good security when setting up your WordPress site. Otherwise, you could risk your site’s wellbeing.   Tips From Pair’s Security Experts What security measures should a WordPress site owner be practicing? We asked our Security team for their recommendations. We’ll go over their recommendations in more detail below,…

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Security, WordPress

Wordfence for Beginners

Keeping your WordPress website secure should be a top priority. After putting in all that work to design, promote, and launch your WordPress site, you don’t want to lose all of your content in an attack. A simple way to protect your WP site is with the Wordfence security plugin. 

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How Dedicated, Shared, and Parked Domains Relate to IP Addresses
Design & Development, Security, SEO

How Dedicated, Shared, and Parked Domains Relate to IP Addresses

What are IP Addresses? IP (Internet Protocol) Addresses are used to identify different computers and devices on the internet. It’s like an home address – the internet uses IP addresses to locate and transfer data to and from places. IP addresses are usually a bunch of letters and periods, like 216.83.241.113. While this is easy for a computer to understand and compute, we humans have a much harder time remembering a jumble of numbers. That’s why we’ve tied domain names to IP addresses. It’s much easier to remember website.com than it is to remember 216.83.241.113. That’s one of the reasons…

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Back that Site Up: A Backup Guide through the ACC
Design & Development, Security, Tutorials

Back that Site Up: A Backup Guide through the ACC

It’s important to ensure that you always have copies of your files and to understand how to generate your own backups to avoid losing potentially valuable information. Backups can be useful to recover files in the case of accidental deletion, to revert a site to a previous version if changes don’t work out as planned, or to restore a site after data loss. A Backup Guide for Your Site While pair Networks does keep backups of each server’s hard drive, they are only for restoration of an entire server after a drive failure. They cannot be used to restore individual…

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Lock it Down: How to Keep Your Site Secure
Design & Development, Security, WordPress

Lock it Down: How to Keep Your Site Secure

In an era where websites are compromised by malicious software all the time, one of the most common security questions is ‘How do I help protect my site from hackers?’ Although it can seem daunting, there are plenty of steps you can take to help keep your site secure. How to Keep Your Site Secure Keep it Fresh Always keep your platforms (like WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and their associated plugins up to date with the latest versions. Having outdated software is one of the easiest ways for malware to break into your site. Think of an old version of WordPress…

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5 Security Tips for WordPress Beginners
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5 Security Tips for WordPress Beginners

Why Worry About Security? Security is an important part to consider when setting up a website. You’ve probably heard about a high profile security breach or attack in the recent past, but it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that cybercrime only happens to big companies with big assets. But any site can become a victim of cybercrime and it’s important to take steps to reduce your site’s vulnerability. We’ve compiled five security tips for all you beginners out there who want to create a site and keep it secure, too. #1 Keep Site Up-to-Date Keeping your site…

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We're Changing the Sites with SSL to Default to HTTPS
Web Hosting

We’re Changing the Sites with SSL to Default to HTTPS

With the recent SSL changes to the web, we’ve made it easier to obtain and install SSL certificates on your hosting account. There’s a new SSL interface where you can buy a yearly SSL certificate or enable Let’s Encrypt, a free, open-source SSL alternative. While in the midst of buying, enabling, and installing your SSL certificate, it’s easy to forget to make sure your site serves over HTTPS instead of HTTP. So on April 25th, we’re going to start automatically switching your sites to serve over HTTPS if you have an SSL certificate. HTTP vs HTTPS: A Quick Summary HTTP…

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What is an SSL Certificate?
Design & Development, Security, Web Hosting

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL Certificate can be installed on your site to create an encrypted link to your visitors. This helps keep information from being stolen during transit between the browser and server. In a world with rising cyber crime, you can never be too careful with your online presence. An SSL certificate also authenticates that your company is associated with your domain, thus giving visitors peace of mind when they land on your site. Visitors will know your site is secured by the lock icon in browser URL field. It is commonly believed that you only need an SSL certificate if…

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All About SSL Certificates
Security, SEO, Web Hosting

All About SSL Certificates

What is An SSL Certificate? At pair Networks, we are often asked, “what is an SSL Certificate and why do I need one?” An SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, Certificate encrypts information moving between your web server and internet browser. You can think of it like this –

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Top 5 Most Infamous Hackers of All Time
Geek Out, Security, Web Hosting

Top 5 Most Infamous Hackers of All Time

  Who are these Infamous Hackers? And what do they want? When you think of a hacker, most people imagine a lonesome figure aglow by a single computer screen, frantically typing some matrix-like script in an anonymous subterranean basement. But Hackers and their motives are as varied and broad as ‘hacking’ itself.

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Securing WordPress Sites
Security, WordPress

Securing WordPress Sites

When performing a self-installation of WordPress, there are easy steps that can be taken to help protect against an attack.  Many of the cases our Abuse Department deals with on a daily basis are the result of malicious WordPress attacks. Securing WordPress will make it much harder for malware to gain access.

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