Security

Did You Know? A Growing Collection of (Sometimes) Useful Knowledge for Website Owners

Did you know that the term pagerank, often used when referring to web page rank but actually PageRank was named after Larry Page. Did you know that Google started as a research project at Stanford [...]

What to do? How to protect your website.

A new website is hacked every five seconds. By the time you've read this article, over 100 websites will be attacked. Commonly compromises are due to outdated software or inserted malicious code via [...]

Managed WordPress Installation – All about Security

WordPress is the most popular publishing platform in the world. It runs over 27% of all websites worldwide. WordPress is also open source. Open Source means that the code that runs WordPress is visible to [...]

Mr. Robot is Close

email security Mr. Robot is a very popular USA Networks TV series that follows Elliot, a young programmer working as a cyber-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night. In the series Elliot is recruited by [...]

Great Interview – How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Terry Gross of Fresh Air interviews Tim Wu, open internet advocate and author of the new book The Attention Merchants. His new book looks at how large web sites such as Google and Facebook create an [...]

Google Chrome v.55 – Flash Killer

For the past few years web developers and web security experts have been anticipating the demise of Adobe Flash. In the upcoming Google chrome browser, version 55, Google will finally say no more support for [...]

Security Alert for Ninja Forms WordPress

According to Wordpress, the free version of Ninja Forms has over 600,000 active installations, making this plugin one of the most widely used add ons for Wordpress. According to Sucuri Security, there has been [...]

What is the difference between SSL and TLS and why it matters to you?

difference between ssl tls What is the difference between SSL and TLS and why it matters to you? First, why it matters to you. If you are reading this it's most likely being read on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer [...]

Marcel Lehel Lazar, aka Guccifer – How vulnerable is your email?

email security Marcel Lehel Lazar, who used the alias, Guccifer, recently pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and unauthorized computer access in the Federal District Court for Eastern Virginia. As part of a plea [...]

Level 3 network outage

Level 3 networking, a global tier 1 network provider, is currently having an issue with their routing which is resulting in an issue causing some eastern US web traffic to fail. There is currently a map [...]

Ninja Forms Multiple Critical Security Vulnerabilities

Multiple critical security vulnerabilities were discovered in the Ninja Forms plugin for WordPress. If you are using a version less than 2.9.42, update immediately! Ninja Forms is a very popular [...]

WordPress User Role Editor Plugin Vulnerability

wordpress security The developer of the User Role Editor has patched a critical security vulnerability. User Role Editor is used to edit, manage, and create user roles and capabilities and is active on more than 300K [...]

Malicious Developer Actions at WordPress

wordpress security As reported by  Wordfence, there has been backdoor added to the Custom Content Type Manager plugin. The backdoor was added by a malicious coder who gained access to the plugin code in the official [...]

‘Get Transcript’ IRS Hack Keeps Getting Worse

According to Forbes, the IRS has filed an amended statement on the ‘Get Transcript’ hack — which reports that 700,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts were accessed or targeted, and 47 million transcripts have [...]

3 WordPress plugins updated for vulnerabilities

If you are using any of hese plugins you should update your installations immediately. WooCommerce Store Toolkit Plugin (A plugin for WooCommerce made by Visser Labs, not the core product) version 1.5.6 [...]

Update Alert – An Attack Platform Infecting WordPress Sites

During a recent investigation of a very large infection we found a trove of attack tools that all pointed back to a single “meta” script. This script was only two lines long but provided an attacker with a [...]

A Must Read for WordPress webmasters

wordpress security Some people think that building a web site that runs a Wordpress installation is easy. In our experience that could not be further from reality. With Wordpress, by far, the most installed content management [...]

Buddy Press Vulnerability

BuddyPress is a popular open source social networking software package owned by Automattic since 2008 and used in many Wordpress installations.   From Buddy Press page @ [...]

XML – RPC Security – to disable or not to disable?

Online security company Sucuri have posted a recent and rising cluster of brute force amplification security attacks against sites which use the WordPress content management system – 58.7% of all CMS-based [...]

WooCommerce SQL injection vulnerability

Yesterday Matt Barry, one of our researchers at Wordfence discovered a SQL injection vulnerability in WooCommerce version 2.3.5 and older during a code audit of the plugin repository.  WooCommerce is [...]

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