Wordfence Launches New Security Feature: Real-Time IP Blacklist

We are happy to report that Wordfence has just launched a new security feature for its premium customers – real-time IP blacklist! This new feature will work to block thousands of malicious IPs from hacking your WordPress website. This will significantly cut the risk of your site being hacked and will lighten your website load times and improve site performance as well.

Over the past year, the developers at Wordfence have heavily monitored, collected, and analyzed data from malicious hacking attempts on WordPress websites. They were able to use these results to build a new security feature that will immediately find malicious IPs and block them instantly.

When a potential attacker is blocked from the website that is using Wordfence, this is what they will see:

If a legitimate visitor gets blocked, they are able to report the false positive by clicking on the “Report Problem” button and then copying & pasting the encoded text into the report. The Wordfence response team receives the report and responds quickly to record and fix the false-positive.

This new real-time IP blocking feature enhances Wordfence as it works to prevent attacks. If an IP that is on the blacklist attempts to get access to your site, it becomes blocked from your site permanently and immediately. This means the malicious attacker can’t access anything on your site or use site and server resources.

Keeping your website secure is one of our top priorities and we couldn’t be happier with this new feature from Wordfence!

Color Psychology and Your Website

There is some psychology behind marketing and design where color choice is concerned.

Your website is an important tool for your organization, used to represent your brand. The colors you use on your website and web ads help to communicate your message just as effectively as the actual text you use.

Did you know?

Color has meaning and the power to compel users to click, purchase or pay closer attention! Color also has the power to repel users away from your site or web ad, so choose them wisely!

What do the colors mean?

Red: passion, love, danger, warning, excitement, impulse, action, anger

Orange: comfort, creativity, celebration, fun, youth

Yellow: curiosity, playfulness, happy & cheerful

Green: health, wealth, growth, nature

Blue: stability, loyalty, calm, freedom, peace, trustworthiness

Purple: royalty, justice, fantasy, luxury

Brown: earth, nature, primitive, comfort, strength

White: innocence, purity, cleanliness, simplicity

Black: mystery, power, elite, elegance

When choosing colors for your website or web ad, always be mindful of your target audience and the nature of your organization. Think about the kind of message you want to convey to your visitors. What is your ultimate goal when they visit your site or see your ad? Then, choose the colors that offer the best representation of your goal.

Looking for color inspiration? Check out ColourLovers and ColorJack for palettes and inspiration galore!

Public Service Credit Union Launches a New Site

Public Service Credit Union Website Screenshot

CU*Answers Web Services launches a new website for Public Service Credit Union.Fort Wayne, Indiana based Public Service Credit Union recently partnered with CU*Answers Web Services to create and launch a new website.  Using modern development practices and responsive web design the new full featured website is capable of resizing to fit all screen sizes from handheld mobile devices to large screen desktops.  Public Service Credit Union’s main page includes a custom developed Savings Ticker to show the amount of money this credit union has saved their membership.  In addition, a personal touch was an important design decision for the credit union.  To accomplish this, they will be showcasing actual employees in their What’s New news and information section. Check it out here: https://www.mypscu.com/

Michigan Legacy Launches New Design!

Michigan Legacy Credit Union Website Screenshot

Congratulations to Michigan Legacy on the launch of their new website! This new responsive website accommodates all web browsing devices from mobile to desktop.  In addition, this redesign features Google Maps API integration to assist members in contacting the closest branch in the greater Detroit area.  Michigan Legacy Credit Union has a strong commitment to community and these activities are highlighted on a special Community Spotlight news page, this was an important component in the site’s redesign.

Check it out here: https://michiganlegacycu.org/

How Social Media Savvy Will Make Your Business More Successful

Social media is an important part of your business. With all the sites that exist on the web today, it’s becoming even more important to make your presence known. After all, you can’t rely on your website alone.

Picture your website as your business address on the information highway. Now, imagine that you don’t have any billboards, signs, or posters pointing the way to your site. The only way people can get to you, is if they turn down the right set of streets or are already familiar with the place of your business.

Now imagine that a sales rep walks up to you and offers you free space to advertise. All you have to do is build the billboard, create the sign, put up the posters.

That is exactly what social media is! It is an outlet – a free tool that you can use to strengthen your brand!

There are so many advantages to using social media! Just to name a few:

  • Social media helps forge a communication connection between your business and your customers. It makes your business and brand seem more available.
  • Social media helps people remember you. When someone clicks on your website and completes whatever task it is that brought them there, chances are they might not come back. Having a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (to name a few) helps them remember you AND now armed with the knowledge of your latest promotion – gives them a reason to return!
  • Higher conversion rate! Whatever promotion you are running or service you are selling, social media can make these things more accessible. So, if your goal is to grow your member base or hit a certain number on a loan promotion, social media can help you do that!

In summary, social media makes your business more accessible and your brand more recognizable.

Don’t know where to start? See Chatter Yak! Not sure what it is? Chatter Yak! is a great service that designs and implements marketing strategies for credit unions.




Last Week’s Cyber Attack on DynDNS and What this Means for You

Last week, DynDNS – a major DNS provider was hit with a large Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. As a result major websites like Twitter, Spotify, Etsy and many other sites were knocked offline.

What is a DDoS attack?

The goal of a DDoS attack is to overwhelm a server or servers so that they no longer work and essentially, shut down. An attack is typically started by a cluster of servers that targets and sends out multiple requests by bots to a server or group of servers in order to shut down the operations on the targeted servers.

What does this mean for you?

By now, I am sure you are wondering what all of this means for you. Is your website or online banking site vulnerable to these kinds of attacks?

First, you need to know that all services hosted online are vulnerable to attacks.

Second, we here at CU*Answers do not use public DNS services like DynDNS because we have our own DNS infrastructure. So, while this means that we were mostly safe from the cyber attacks from last week, it doesn’t mean that we are completely invulnerable to this kind of thing.

We mitigate these risks by doing the following:

  • All our servers are housed in SSAE16 Certified Data Centers
  • Our servers are secured by using the latest standard server-hardening techniques and security software
  • We take a proactive approach to server management. Therefore, our servers are heavily monitored 24/7. Additionally, we take care to make sure that our servers are updated regularly

As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, we are consistently adapting our security procedures to be able to prevent and stop any threats.