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Using Mobile Technology To Price, Quote and Engage Customers

Using Mobile Technology To Price, Quote and Engage Customers

Using Mobile Technology To Price, Quote and Engage Customers

To remain competitive in the e-commerce age, companies are starting to recognize that one price does not fit all, and in fact, the marketplace demands a great deal of versatility. Individual consumers have experienced this when dealing with sophisticated B2C retailers such as Amazon, a company well known for adjusting prices by the minute. A TV that is on sale for $450 might quickly change down to $397 a few minutes later, thanks to algorithms that constantly check the prices and inventories of its competitors. That is how e-commerce business is done – dynamically and in real time across all channels.

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In many cases, the customization of an order is now essential to its successful completion. With buyers legitimately feeling more empowered and educated, there is no longer patience for static ordering and pricing systems owned and controlled entirely by the vendor. Today, the sales rep must visit the customer with wireless tablet in hand, ready to review and construct an order and pass it back to the customer, either for a signature then-and-there, or for review by the buyer’s team. Consumerization of the enterprise is happening, and so, too is enterprise mobility.

Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

One of the most dynamic demonstrations of this mobile approach can be seen in the technique of configure-price-quote (CPQ). This refers to a software solution that helps companies become more aware of their own data, especially pricing and inventory, in order to stay more competitively in line with the market. CPQ helps companies calculate discounts and close sales while still maintaining a margin.

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Although such competitive pricing techniques might not be new in and of themselves, the way in which sales reps can now access them, wirelessly and through the cloud, means the process of selling can move forward and stay at the leading edge of both competitiveness and cost-effectiveness. Similarly, the other areas of the vendor business, such as back office/ERP, which have traditionally existed in siloes, have access to the same cloud-based data, thus improving the other support elements in the transaction, including shipping, support, and commission management.

CPQ software generally includes price sheets, catalog information and inventory data. They form an integral part of a customized sales process, assisting and even predicting a customer’s needs based on past purchases and the intelligent use of big data and predictive analytics. In short, CPQ software pulls together a range of market pricing variables, including discounts and up-sells, and configures for idealized pricing. Hence the acronym, CPQ.

 

CPQ helps companies better manage their pricing, which can be a challenge as they grow larger and employ more sales representatives and related support staff, while maintaining a growing customer base. Sales are lost when up-to-date pricing and quote opportunities are lost, and this is something that is no longer acceptable in a mobile first economy.

Though innovative practices such as CPQ are gradually inserting themselves into the commercial world, they continue to be hamstrung by legacy systems, outdated management attitudes, and inadequate communication of knowledge and data. This becomes part of the challenge of being, as KPMG calls it, “responsibly mobile.”

Companies today must build:

  • a sound strategy and roadmap for all the devices and apps that they identify as useful, competitive and cost-effective
  • a delivery method for an effective and consistent customer experience
  • an operational structure to manage data, both inbound and outbound

As Martin Sokalski and Max Hanson, both of KPMG IT Advisory Services, write in their white paper, A Framework for Responsibly Mobile, “many [companies] attempt to address these challenges [of mobile commerce], but their efforts are often siloed and fragmented. For example, some will focus all efforts on securing data on mobile devices, but fail to consider business use cases, user experience or alignment to a broader enterprise strategy.” The authors of this piece call for a coordinated “mobility center of excellence to better pull things together.”

Although CPQ is not the only solution available to companies, it represents the dynamic and centerless cloud-based world in which all businesses must exist. Some C-level decision-makers may observe cloud technology as simply an external storage space, or at best a communications and marketing vehicle. But the evolution of customer pricing and quotations as embodied by CPQ demonstrates that the entire sales process can benefit from being mobile and cloud-based. There are both cost savings and profits to be realized by moving to a state of true mobile.

This post is brought to you by The CIO Agenda.

KPMG LLP is a Delaware limited liability partnership and is the U.S. member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. The KPMG name, logo and “cutting through complexity” are registered trademarks or trademarks of KPMG International. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPMG LLP.

By Steve Prentice

The Importance Of Having A Flexible Monitoring Tool

The Importance Of Having A Flexible Monitoring Tool

The Importance Of Having A Flexible Monitoring Tool

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The world is increasingly moving towards a web-based economy. Regardless of what industry you are in, it is almost impossible to be competitive and to maintain a brand presence without a strong online offering. It means that your company’s website is increasingly becoming the first interaction that users, clients, and customers will have with your business. As the old saying goes, first impressions are everything – so it’s vital that your IT Team (specifically DevOps and Operations teams) have all the necessary tools at their disposal to make sure everything is working as it should, looks great, and is live.

With this is mind, it is important to use the most flexible and all-encompassing tools available. Why split performance monitoring, web app monitoring, server monitoring, and app performance monitoring between different providers and different tools when there are offerings in the market that can provide an all-in-one solutions? If it’s possible to monitor both your internal network and your public/private cloud infrastructure with the same software, would that not be beneficial, cheaper, and more streamlined?

One of the better tools available at the moment is Site24x7’s SaaS product. Widely recognised as the most flexible monitoring tool for IT and DevOps, they’ve featured heavily in the media and have been subject of coverage for Gartner, 451 Research, EMA, and Virtualisation Practice, amongst others. Indeed, Gartner placed them in their ‘Magic Quadrant’ for Application Performance Monitoring and they were Network World’s ‘Product of the Week’.

But what makes Site24x7 so flexible? As one of their clients said, “Site24x7 is outstanding in the way it provides a swiss-army knife of various network monitoring tools at an affordable price” (Sridhar P, Director of Engineering, Sastra Technologies).

Let’s look at a number of their free tools:

System Admin:

    • Website monitoring: Site 24×7 offer global website availability testing, with more than 50 locations around the world.
    • Traceroute Generator: Helps you troubleshoot problems and alerts you if something breaks
  • Server and Application Monitoring: Instant notifications and track performance of physical hosts

Validation Tools:

  • Server Header: Check headers and verify HTTP status codes
  • HTML Validator: Find errors using W3C standards

Content Tools:

  • Speed Report: Find out if you webpage’s loading time is optimised
  • Link Explorer: Explore links in a certain URL

Developer Tools:

  • JSON Formatter: A formatter and validator to help create coherent JSON data
  • XML Formatter: To make use your XML data is formatted correctly

They also offer SLA tools, on-premise and mobile network pollers, and end user experience monitoring, but you can check out their website for a full list of free tools.

  • Website Performance Monitoring
  • Web Application Monitoring
  • Web Page Analyzer
  • Service Monitoring
  • Real User Monitoring (RUM)
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
  • Cloud Monitoring
  • VMWare Monitoring
  • Server Monitoring (Windows & Linux)
  • Internet Network Monitoring (On-Premise Poller)
    Exchange Server Monitoring
  • DNS Server Monitoring
  • SSL Certificate Monitoring
  • FTP RTT Monitoring
  • Mail Server Monitoring
  • Mobile Application Performance Monitoring (Mobile APM)

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The company offers five price plans for an incredibly affordable amount. Their basic plan – perfect for bloggers and freelancers – starts at $4.50 per month. Their two full-feature plans, which offer you the full power of all the software’s features, start at $35 per month. The lesser of the two is great for small IT teams and MSPs, while the more expensive plans ($89 and $449 per month) are aimed at SMEs and large-scale businesses.

If you’ve got any questions about their products, or you want to discuss signing up for a free 30-day trial, you can contact them via a web-form or at sales@site24x7.com.

By Dan Price

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services For Your Company

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services For Your Company

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services

Business Intelligence (BI) services have recently seen an explosion of innovation and choices for business owners and entrepreneurs. So many choices, in fact, that many companies aren’t sure which business intelligence company to use. To help offer you a solution, we’ve compiled a list of 12 Business Intelligence companies of 2015.  The  aim was to find the most useful, cost effective companies with a proven track record and promising client list. We researched companies through a number of channels such as Analysts, Forums, Social Media as well as Search Engines and have concluded that we have identified the most discussed and promising companies in the field of Business Intelligence in 2015. While every corporate strategy is different and each piece of BI software has its cost and benefits, these 12 seem to be some of the most popular and highest functioning at the moment.

Tableau

Tableau

Tableau has been around since 2003. Thier BI software is high-speed and user-friendly, allowing new users to create their own dashboards in minutes. Corporate giants like Bank of America, Coca-Cola and Walmart have used Tableau software.

Domo

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Domo was founded in 2010. Domo’s intuitive platform allows user to quickly access relevant data and business intelligence information in one place. Domo has most notably provided services to National Geographic and eBay.

Birst

Birst

Birst started in 2004. Birst BI software offers a lot of features like data warehouse automation and data mashups. Two different platforms are available based on user need. Birst’s clients include Citrix and the YMCA.

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama was founded in 1993. Panorama’s Necto is one of the few pieces of software that supports Business Intelligence 3.0. Necto excels at visual infographics while encouraging self-service and collaboration. Their top clients include LexisNexus and SIEMENS.

Information Builders

Information-Builders

 

Information Builders’ WebFOCUS BI platform is best known for its scalability, maintaining high speed functionality after doubling its user size. Information Builders was founded in 1975. Ace Hardware, AutoZone and Mastercard leverage Information Builder’s WebFOCUS Active Technologies.

IBM

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IBM Cognos has a wide range of BI software that equips small businesses with a similar depth of analytical insight as the big corporations. 1800-Flowers, PepsiCo and many others have used IBM Cognos.

Qlik

Qlik

Qlik was founded in 1993. is a self-service BI tool that consolidates data sources, including legacy systems, to streamline data analysis. The platform uses an in-memory processor to provide extremely fast, real-time insights. Qlik’s clients include Qualcomm, Canon, Cisco and McAfee.

Looker

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Looker offers a software that is easy to use and requires little previous knowledge of BI software. Looker platforms help companies like Dollar Shave Club, Upworthy and SmugMug make better decisions through real-time data access.

Oracle

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Oracle has been around since 1977. Business Intelligence Foundation Suite is an all-in-one solution with a variety of features that helps to eliminate the need for multiple tools and lower a company’s cost of ownership. Dell, Gallup and Land O’Lakes are some of Oracle’s clients.

Board

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Board’s platform couples BI with performance management functions that allows users to access data from various sources in one place. Board’s client list includes the US Navy, Mitsubishi, DHL and Nike

Targit

TARGIT

 

Founded in 1986, Targit uses a unique decision suite that, coupled with data discovery and dashboarding, make the software a solid decision that could automate and streamline your process. Targit’s client roster includes John Deere, Mercedes Benz, Pizza Hut and Weber Grills.

SAP

SAP

SAP was founded in 1972 in Germany. SAP’s innovative BusinessObject enables any employee to customize and analyze data with minimal IT help. No matter the job function, all employees have self-serving access to data. This seamless functionality puts SAP at the top of list when it comes to BI software popularity. 3M, Bayer, Family Dollar, Proctor & Gamble and T-Mobile are some of SAP’s clients.

As with any technology, BI software will just continue to improve. Which BI companies do you use?

By Jason Sander

Mapping Collective Outlooks With Big Data

Mapping Collective Outlooks With Big Data

Mapping Collective Outlooks

Imagine if you could, in a matter of minutes, map the fears, the biases, the preferences, the misery and the joy, the collective voice of all the people on the planet. Well, this is apparently what’s happening at the DOLLY project, which sheds light on disparate phenomena across the globe, using Twitter as its data source. Similar initiatives, like Facebook’s Data Science, are using proprietary data to map global (and local) sentiments of its billions of users. For now, let’s briefly look at what exactly they are doing with all this data and why it matters.

The DOLLY project

The DOLLY Project (Digital OnLine Life and You) is perhaps the single most captivating initiative that uses data to geographically map human sentiments over important issues like racism, abortion, and sports, along with showing the social impact of natural disasters like earthquakes. In some ways, it’s similar to Google’s Flu Trends, because it uses the location of, in this case, tweets sent with the geolocation feature on Twitter.

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(Image Source: Google Flu Trends)

Of special interest to both the public services as well as people who would later go on to write about such things was the 2012 earthquake in Kentucky.

Using the locations of people tweeting about an earthquake (they collect about 8 million such tweets every day), the DOLLY project mapped the frequency of tweets of the earthquake and found that the ‘felt epicenter’ is somewhat off the actual epicenter of the earthquake. Even though this might have to do with the rather small user sample, in future situations such data can help the government to administer aid, that is, if the victims’ internet access isn’t interrupted at that time.

Facebook’s Data Science

Facebook have much more data than the DOLLY project, but they don’t do as much with it. Among tracking earthquakes, football fans and even global migrations, the fact that Facebook users share and discuss content can be used to trace their evolution. One fascinating example, ‘the evolution of memes on Facebook’ shows that, not only people are prone to edit the cliche posts they see on Facebook, but also that adding ‘post this as your status update’ actually does well to ensure the success rate of the message you’re conveying.

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(Image Source: Facebook MeMe evolution data)

Conclusions

Well, the biggest takeaway is that someone should download Twitter once a few years for safe-keeping, for it is of immense value to the historian. Before, we only had the words of the writer, the portrait of the patriarch, and the idea of an intellectual, but now you can take into account the opinions and feelings of everyone, from a nine-year old first using Twitter, to a stay-at-home mom and a cleaning lady in China.

Concerning Facebook–their data is proprietary through and through, but perhaps they should at least leave an anonymized version for posterity when the data is no longer that useful for marketing, like once every five or seven years. Because otherwise, it’s our own voice that’ll be lost.

By Lauris Veips

The Power of the API: How Plugging Data Brings Extraordinary Services to the Public

The Power of the API: How Plugging Data Brings Extraordinary Services to the Public

Painting With APIs

APIs or application programming interfaces of popular services are used by numerous startups to bring valuable services to the general public. API websites such as ProgrammableWeb is one of the more popular sites offering a variety of plugins and mashup examples.

Companies such as Facebook, Foursquare and the Google’s API explorer share data with programmers, data that becomes all but the fabric of apps which can do some pretty amazing things. By combining various datasets with user input, a new killer app can provide better personalization and enhanced user experience.

Google-API

 

There is, of course, a discrepancy between what user data is provided by an API and what the data holder actually has in store. For example, Facebook seems quite democratic in terms of providing user data – users can control what data gets shared, after all – whereas other hoarders (especially e-stores) are rather possessive of their data. Facebook’s API is, however, inevitably of a limited scale as unlike for Twitter, most of their data (like the vast majority of status updates) isn’t public. Publicly available data serves for grandiose, location-spanning projects like CityBeat, which attempts to map ‘the heartbeat’ of the city via social media updates and maps.

As for combining data, there’s a lot to tell for projects like DontEat.at that warns FourSquare users if a NYC restaurant they’ve checked in at has been flagged for possible health code violations. Here the app merges data from two ‘locations’, that is, FourSquare and a list maintained by the authorities, giving people better odds against food poisoning. Such projects showcase creative use of data and are of real use to the public.

The best results are, of course, gained when data is abundant. Such is the case for NeighborhoodScout, which aggregates Census data and other sources, visualizing with the help of Google Maps, in order to bring neighborhood data like crime rates, property prices, and much more to those wishing to relocate.

Other apps are more fun-oriented. Quizzes, personality readers and the likes don’t really influence people’s decisions, or, well, anything (except perhaps their friends’ opinion of them), but they do make good filler for the time that should be spent working.

Conclusion

There is inherent tension between the three parties involved. The big hosts want to benefit from their data, not just share it. Developers naturally want to mine the vast data archives to come up with ever crazier killer apps. Users, however, are only likely to want to share their data only if they see a tangible payoff, otherwise they’re mostly privacy advocates. There isn’t a simple solution, but it can very well be argued that the data hosts should be willing to provide user-consented access to data they are already using themselves.

By Lauris Veips

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Business Intelligence Implementation

The cost of Business Intelligence (BI) software goes far beyond the purchase price. Time spent researching, implementing, and maintaining your BI investment can snowball quickly and mistakes are often expensive.

Your time is valuable – save it by learning from other businesses’ experiences. We’ve compiled the top ten tips on successfully implementing BI software from professionals who have already taken the plunge.

1. Prioritize your goals

Know your options and match them to your business goals,” says Boris Kontsevoi, President and Founder of Intetics. “For example, some BI platforms are free, but take a longer time to properly setup (up to 4 weeks). Others are subscription-based, but can be installed in a week. Do you care more about the cost or time?

2. Recognize your non-negotiable criteria

Harold Leusink, CEO of Peritas Solutions advises, “Before you even start looking at solutions, separate out your ‘musts’ from your ‘nice-to-haves’.” Peritas Solutions, a consulting firm that has been helping companies find insight in their increasingly large data sets since 2001, finds that “your musts are non-negotiable, and so should be the first thing you talk to vendors about. Your ‘nice-to-haves’ give you a set of criteria you can use to objectively judge any solutions that passed through your musts filter.

3. Utilize built-in tools first

Opt for built-in analytics,” says Christy Delehanty, Content Lead at PandaDoc. “Instead of piling apps on apps on apps, try to make use of the analytics built in to the tools,” suggests Delehanty, “often, these dashboards provide the simplest peek at actionable data with the least set-up on your end.”

4. Clean data only

Make sure you data is clean,” warns Jamie Lin, CEO of Gizmo Global. “This is obvious, but the biggest issue during implementation. Cleaning your data before you implement makes the entire project easier.”

Chandra Siv, General Manager of Data and Analytics Solutions for North America at Mindtree, agrees that addressing data quality is a must. Siv adds that “the confidence level and trust in the data used for decision making is a critical success factor.”

5. Identify key metrics beforehand

Before implementing business intelligence software, determine what data you need and what format you want it in,” adds Gina Cerami, Vice President of Marketing for Connotate. “Look for a technology solution that can deliver clean data with actionable insight. Web extraction and monitoring solutions go hand-in-hand with business intelligence and fuel informed decision-making.

Know what you are trying to show before you start,” says Jon Mills, Director at Paige Technologies. “It is easy to get caught up in the rabbit holes of correlation instead of causation if you don’t have clear metrics in mind before you start.”

6. Start small – choose a few goals to focus on in the beginning, then add more

Michael J. Smith, CEO for Raster Media, advises companies to “focus your BI integration on one or two business objectives initially.” In Smith’s experience, “this will speed up the integration and allow the integration team to focus their efforts rather than being overwhelmed with delivering results for dozens of business objectives. Additional goals can be added once the initial integration is complete.”

7. Don’t ditch currently effective processes without reason

Evaluate which tools and functionalities will actually benefit your company and ensure your entire team is using only those that you’ve determined are valuable,” says Sam Zietz, CEO of technology company, TouchSuite. “Although every tool in BI software was added to that solution (because) there is a need within the industry, many businesses already have successful processes in place that make those tools obsolete. In this case, implementing those tools might actually work against your company, particularly if some team members are inputting information in one system, and others within the new BI solution.”

In order to maximize productivity, Zietz says to “make sure your team is clear on which tools should be utilized and which should not be accessed within the solution. If applicable, you may want to consider putting administration locks on those systems within the solution that you do not want accessed.”

8. Make the technology work for you, not the other way around

Make sure that you align business activities with corporate strategy,” says David Reischer, Chief Operations Manager for LegalAdvice.com. According to Reischer, “the key is to extract useful information when needed.”

9. Empower end users by simplifying the toolset and infrastructure

You’ll never be able to gather all the requirements from the users of BI so they need to be empowered to create, change, and filter reports in order to meet their BI needs,” says Craig Abramson, Marketing Director for Third Wave Business Systems. However, “if the infrastructure is too complex then data anomalies are inevitable,” Abramson warns, “complex toolsets take away the user’s ability to be self-sufficient.”

10. Don’t just stop at a more intelligent business

BI is about better intelligence, but then what?” asks Stuart Easton, CEO of TransparentChoice. Easton says “that intelligence is fed to a group of people to make a decision and that’s where the value generated by better intelligence gets diluted by poor decision making practice. Without addressing better decision making, any investment in BI is going to have a very limited impact.”

The best way to avoid making costly mistakes when choosing BI software is to do your research. Check out the features, demo the products if you can, and make sure to evaluate them using defined criteria.

Do you have any additional tips on implementing BI software from your organization’s experience? Become part of the conversation in the comments section below.

By Keith Cawley

Cloud Infographic: The Road To HIPAA Compliance

Cloud Infographic: The Road To HIPAA Compliance

The Road To HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA has been a very important topic of discussion here on CloudTweaks over the past several months. Top 5 HIPAA Security Risks As Providers Migrate to the Cloud and Moving HIPAA Compliant Healthcare Data into the Cloud are two articles with focus on healthcare data in the cloud. Provided is an excellent infographic by Axway which offers a series of questions and facts with relation to HIPAA.

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WordPress Security Plugin Recommendations

WordPress Security Plugin Recommendations

WordPress Security Plugin Recommendations

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WordPress is a widely used website platform used by millions of people around the world. WordPress is popular because it provides an extremely easy platform for application developers to use to create convenient layouts. But because of its popularity, WordPress is frequently the target of attacks by hackers.

To maximize security of your website, here is a list of recommended plugins you can install in WordPress to reinforce security among users. But first, you should know how to install a plugin. Simply go to the Plugins > Add New page through your dashboard and find the required plugin from the Search tab. Select your plugin, then click Install Now and Activate it.

Better WP Security Plugin

This plugin offers a way to put your WordPress in secure mode with just one simple click. The one-click protection feature will allow you to switch to a host of WordPress security features. This will protect your website from a variety of threats without involving any sort of complicated setup. Just one click and you have your basic security needs covered. Also, this is freeware and can be easily installed by following the instructions mentioned above.

All you need to do is click on “Secure my website from basic attacks” and you will see a list of attacks you are now protected from. Some of these protections are listed below:

  • Preventing non-admins from accessing administered content, like updates
  • Default usernames with the vulnerable string “admin” are replaced
  • Login screen is provided protection from brute force attacks
  • Scanning of your website is disabled, which prevents attackers from scanning your website for vulnerabilities.

Limit Login Attempts

If you have not limited the number of login attempts in your wp-admin panel, then it is possible for someone to use brute force techniques to discover your admin password. To rule out this possibility, simply install the “Limit Login Attempts” plugin to your WordPress to enhance the protection level of your admin accounts. This will block any IP which tries to log in again and again. This plugin can be found as a default in the plugin library.

Bullet Proof Security

This plugin protects your website through the .htaccess file. This is known to protect your valuable content against RFI, XSS, CSRF, CRLF, Base64, and Code injection hacking attacks. It features security logging and HTTP error logging capability with additional website security checks. Unlike other similar plugins, it does not overwhelm your website with excess database MYSQL queries. Basically, by working on .htaccess, which is a distribution access file, this plugin does a lot to enhance security.

All in One WordPress Security Plugin

Easy in design and implementation, this plugin is written to take your website to a whole new level of security. It constantly checks for vulnerabilities and enforces latest security practices for improving the overall security of your website. The security features of this plugin are divided among “basic”, “intermediate”, and “advanced” levels which enable you to optimize functionalities of your website accordingly.

Wordfence Security

This is a free security plugin, falling into the enterprise class, and its features include firewalls, antivirus, two factor authentication (cell-phone sign in), and malicious URL scanning. This is the only plugin with the feature of verifying and repairing your website’s core, themes, and files, even if you haven’t created any backups. This is a multi-site compatible plugin, providing your content security real time protection from malicious attackers. It also monitors your DNS server for any kind of unauthorized activity, and regularly monitors your disk space to avoid Denial of Service attacks.

Website Defender WordPress Security

This free and comprehensive security plugin assists in WordPress security installation. This security tool provides various suggestions for securing passwords, customizing files for more security, database security, and hiding version. Some of its features include maintaining complete backups of your files and hiding core update information from non-administrators.

Conclusion

WordPress itself is considered a secure platform to create web apps on. But hackers tend to keep searching for new security loopholes and they will exploit any information they can get. Therefore, in this dynamic environment, there is a constant need for maintaining consistent security for your websites. Plugins provide a good way of attaining high levels of security. The bottom line is using plugins will greatly improve the performance of your website, while also protecting it from hackers with malicious intent.

By Chetan Soni

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The Digital Twin  How smart factories and connected assets in the emerging Industrial IoT era along with the automation of machine learning and advancement of artificial intelligence can dramatically change the manufacturing process and put an end to the dreaded product recalls in the future. In recent news, Samsung Electronics Co. has initiated a global…

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Password Challenges  Simple passwords are no longer safe to use online. John Barco, vice president of Global Product Marketing at ForgeRock, explains why it’s time the industry embraced more advanced identity-centric solutions that improve the customer experience while also providing stronger security. Since the beginning of logins, consumers have used a simple username and password to…

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

There is a Difference – So Stop Comparing We are all familiar with the old saying “That’s like comparing apples to oranges” and though we learned this lesson during our early years we somehow seem to discount this idiom when discussing the Cloud. Specifically, IT buyers often feel justified when comparing the cost of a…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and…

Using Cloud Technology In The Education Industry

Using Cloud Technology In The Education Industry

Education Tech and the Cloud Arguably one of society’s most important functions, teaching can still seem antiquated at times. Many schools still function similarly to how they did five or 10 years ago, which is surprising considering the amount of technical innovation we’ve seen in the past decade. Education is an industry ripe for innovation…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards.…