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As a founder of a cyber security startup, I constantly pick brains of others in the cyber security industry and books remain one of the best way to do so.

The thing is, it’s not just IT specialists in the industry who should read those books. Cyber security is not just a problem which IT security specialists need to solve — it’s everyones problem.

In late 2020, I was interviewing Kieren Nicolas Lovell, who is teaching social engineering in Kings College at Cambridge University. …

I like comparing myself (how I think and what I value) with my past self from a year or more ago.

I find it interesting how much can change within 12 months and how differently I may think about even the smallest things in life.

I’ve started to consider the difference between my current and past self as a benchmark of how much I have grown over a set period of time.

I decided to write down some of the highlights from the past 12 months. …

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Just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in a small meeting room in central Paris having Gustaf, Aaron, and Stephanie from YC asking how WebARX is going to be the next big thing in cyber-security you’re all going to hear about.

Y Combinator is getting around 50,000 applications per batch, so for us, being among the few ones to get to the interview was already a massive validation.

A short history of WebARX

Before jumping into it, I will give you some context. We started working on WebARX full-time at the end of 2017 to prevent security incidents on web apps and to give…

Building websites like a lego!

Component security risk on web applications has received the highest prevalence score (3) by the Open Web Application Security Project on their list of Top 10 web application security issues.

The list is based primarily on 40+ data submissions from firms that specialize in application security and an industry survey that was completed by over 500 individuals.

Search engines care a lot if your website is secure and safe for your customers. I know that many people don’t understand why their website is being targeted in the first place and therefore never feel about security as anything critically important (until they get hacked), but there is more in that than just spending time and money on feeling safe.

Better Security = More Traffic & Bigger Sales!

This is basics! Moving over to secure connection (HTTPS) should already be essential. Google has officially confirmed that they boost rankings for HTTPS sites already in 2014.

Over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account…

You are an entrepreneur, manager or a marketing pro responsible for the website in a company which is simply meant as a digital business card to introduce the company, its services and the latest news.
Not including any of a state secrets, right.. but why the hell are they still doing this?

But then again.. once in a while you might encounter this kind of messages.

Making money (a lot of money).

Yes, even a small website can generate a substantial amount of money. Cyber criminals can make money with your compromised website by distributing malware, SEO spam and even set up e-mail spam servers and phishing sites.
Money is obviously the most common motivation behind the attacks.

SEO Spam

Firefighters extinguishing fire. (Relatable to how we see the web lately..)

Without hesitation, WordPress is one of the best Content Management Systems (CMS) on the market. With over 20% of the whole web running on WordPress - it’s clearly the most popular one, too. I’m pretty confident that at least half of your friends know what WordPress is, even if they barely know how to use computers.

Popularity is not always a good thing, especially when we are talking about security.

Simplicity breeds carelessness

Thanks to the plug-ins/add-ons that are developed by WordPress community, it’s pretty easy to get some extra features on the site as well.
For example: Many websites need a more…

Oliver Sild

Passionate cyber-security entrepreneur. Founder of @webarx_security.

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