Do you have Unwanted Website Traffic?

All sites are regularly attacked by hackers , spambots, spammers….
Using Google Analytics we can break down visitors to IP, Location, City  and we often find unwanted visitors from various parts of the world. The greatest numbers of attacks we are seeing currently are coming from Russia, China and India (not exclusively).

So what’s the impact?

Spammers create unwanted comments on your blogs, you can try blocking IP’s to prevent the same person spamming , but often harden spammers create new IP’s to prevent blocking.
Hackers will add x-scripting code, try logins, DDos attacks and more. They check for vulnerabilities and will try until they find a weakness to gain entry to your website.
A Spambot  is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a Spambot is sending it. This has led to the development of password-cracking Spambots that are able to send spam using other people’s accounts. They  affect bounce rates and damages SEO results.

Can I stop them?

In short no. Not without locking your site down so tightly that you limit your audience to only people you know.

What can I do to limit these attacks?

One answer we have found is to block traffic from a whole Country. If we have no plans to deal with companies in Russia or China in fact we only want to promote ourselves in English speaking Countries and Europe. So if  we block all traffic from all other Countries it will reduce the potential of unwanted traffic and therefore lessen the risk and damage of a hack, and dramatically improve your bounce rate and automatically improve your search rankings results.

How can I achieve this?

M3 Strategic Marketing offer a solution that will not only help prevent unwanted attacks from specified Countries, but will ensure your bounce rate is reduced, meaning Google will see your website as being more relevant and will no doubt show the site for search more, thus helping your SEO Positioning too. The Wordfence Premium plugin enables you to block visits by Country, and is something we can download, configure and implement on your behalf based on your specific needs.
If you need help understanding your Google Analytics, or would like to discuss adding Wordfence premium to your WordPress website, please contact us.

#DevonMalcolm Cricket Brixworth

Friday 3 July sees a Devon Malcolm International XI take on Brixworth CC in a T20 match to raise funds for Devon’s 3 chosen charities at Brixworth Cricket Club in Northamptonshire.
The international team will include; Andrew Caddick, Alex Tudor, Andrew Hall (SA), Adam Hollioake, Martin Biknell, Kirk Edwards (WI), Ian Harvey (AUS), Paul Taylor, Henry Olonga, DEVON MALCOLM and others yet to be announced! Full marquee hospitality, including delicious lunch and afternoon tea and charity auction.
Game starts 2.30. Rum shack, jerk chicken and public bar. All welcome should be a great day. Bring your friends!!
Contact Christian Timm for marquee bookings


Public food stalls and bars with a distinctly Caribbean theme will also be set up to cater for those who simply want to turn up and watch the game.
Parking on site; £10 per car; £5 for walk-ins.
For more information or to purchase a table, contact Chris Timm on: 07718 628985 or christimm_24@hotmail.com
For more information, please visit his website 


SO, what’s our involvement? 
Devon Malcolm has been a client of ours for a number of years, starting with his Cricket company DEM Sports which supplies cricket equipment to clubs and schools.  Devon was very please with our customer services and asked us to create an online presence for his Benefit Year to include a new parallax website, and various Social Media platforms using #DevonMalcolm
Of course the M3SM team will be at this exciting event, so please watch for live blog commentary and don’t forget to share on Twitter or Facebook.
See you there.
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During a routine audit, we found a critical vulnerability affecting the popular MainWP Child WordPress plugin. According to worpdress.org, it is installed on more than 90,000 WordPress sites as as remote administration tool.
This vulnerability allows anyone to login as an administrator only by knowing the target user’s handle, which is a password bypass. It is very simple to exploit and because security tools like WPScan already automate the process of grabbing a list of usernames from WordPress sites, it’s a big issue.
Clients using our Website Firewall are already protected against this issue.
Contact us for further information about this low cost security protection for your website. For  less than the price of a cup of coffee per working day, can you afford to be without Website Firewall?
 

Most website hacks come from insecure code being exploited. The attack code is hidden within the millions of lines of code that make up your website. When a security flaw becomes known, all vulnerable websites can be compromised within a very short time frame.

You need robust defenses to prevent hackers from infecting your website. By taking away the methods used to crack your insecure code, the malware attackers attempts become useless. Eliminate all website security vulnerabilities and replace them with a blocking page for anyone who dares to exploit them.

For  less than the price of a cup of coffee per working day, can you afford to be without Website Firewall?

Malware and hacking is a real threat – with 87% of small businesses hit by denial-of-service attacks in the last year.

(source http://www.pwc.co.uk/assets/pdf/cyber-security-2013-technical-report.pdf)

Make sure you use the following 7 preventative measures:
1. Change your FTP (or SSH) password regularly.
2. Change your administrator password.
3. Check in your admin panel if there are additional admin users and change their passwords as well.
4. Remove any admin access that is not necessary.
5. Run regular virus scans on your personal desktop/laptop.
6. Update your website! One of the leading causes of infections is outdated software.
7. Backup your site!

LouderVoice and M3SM have been working together globally since early 2011. We have now joined forces to offer a compelling Social solution for SMEs in the UK.
biteOnline marketing is an ever-moving target and it can be hard for SMEs to feel in control and up-to-date. To ease those concerns, M3SM’s offerings and LouderVoice’s Social Reviews are now available as an off-the-shelf solution that is optimised for the UK. Every business can have their online presence live and social-powered with almost no effort.
“It is no longer just about your website…” says M3SM Sales and Marketing Director Tracy Spence, based in Northampton, “consumers are web savvy, and actively look for reviews before they decide to purchase online. Search engines have responded by looking for reviews and making websites with real reviews more prominent. The LouderVoice system addresses this very easily and helps our clients get found on the web and increases their sales conversion rate too.”
bitereviewsLouderVoice CEO Conor O’Neill highlighted: “Cobbled-together online offerings are just too complex for most local businesses. They need something that works, straight out of the box, without adding even more work for them. This new LouderVoice-M3SM package provides exactly that.”
LouderVoice can be found on the web-sites of every type of business. These Social-powered systems put authentic reviews on the client’s site, not some third-party hub. Deep integration with Facebook makes qualified Social traffic flow from there to the client, not the other way around. All of LouderVoice’s solutions are also SEO-optimised so that reviews deliver benefits wherever the customers are online.
For further information please contact:
Tracy Spence, M3SM tracy@m3sm.co.uk, 01604-6328899
Conor O’Neill, LouderVoice, conor@loudervoice.com, 02081-440972
 
 
 
 

An emergency website was requested of 273 Media Ltd late on Thursday 27th, the company required something very quickly as they were doing a leaflet drop at the weekend, and they had been let down.
Never a company to back down from a challenge, we created a design to match the company colours and logo, and built a wordpress website that was built on Friday morning. The content (and there was quite a bit, and lots of images too) was quickly sent over, and we added the content immediately.
The site is live at just gone 5pm on the Friday, approximately 24 hours later.
The site has a full content management system, and was built using the wordpress platform. It is hosted on our UK servers and we have also submitted the website to the search engines in the normal way.
Take a look at what we can do in a day!  http://www.jandrdrivesandpatiosltd.co.uk/
Time for a well deserved weekend!