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Timthumb.php Vulnerability

Timthumb.php Vulnerability

A popular piece of software called TimThumb (aka “timthumb.php”) was recently found to have a security bug that allows “hackers” to take over Web sites that use it (more info here and here and over at VaultPress). Although TimThumb isn’t specific to WordPress, it is a highly popular WordPress plugin used to resize images on […]

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Hey! My friend’s email account was hacked!

Hey! My friend’s email account was hacked!

Have you ever logged into your Hotmail email account and been surprised to see an email from someone you haven’t talked to in years? Don’t open those emails! Do you really think that your old girlfriend or college fling will really email you after all these years? Would that really be the form of communication […]

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WordPress Quickly Updates from 3.2 to 3.2.1

WordPress Quickly Updates from 3.2 to 3.2.1

On July 4, 2011, WordPress Version 3.2 “Gershwin”, named in honor of the composer and pianist George Gershwin, was released to the public. Part of the 3.2 release promised quicker, more focused releases of updates than the previous versions of WordPress. I guess they really meant it because just 8 days later on July 12, […]

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AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache Plugins Hacked

AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache Plugins Hacked

There’s never a lack of news on the Internet regarding hacks and WordPress. You’d think that it would be wise to stay away from WordPress with all the bad news, but I believe the truth is actually quite opposite. Here’s why… WordPress is one of the most popular CMS in the world, so they are […]

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8 Things You Can Do To Prevent Identity Theft

8 Things You Can Do To Prevent Identity Theft

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates that more than 10 million people were victims of identity fraud in 2009, which according to Javelin Strategy and Research, amounted to $54 billion stolen by identity thieves.* Sadly, those numbers will only go up as the data from 2010 and 2011 is collected. Generally I skip over the […]

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WordPress Version 3.1.3 Fixes Security Holes

WordPress Version 3.1.3 Fixes Security Holes

We notify you every time WordPress updates because we believe it’s important to keep your website upgraded. WordPress often makes major changes to the backend design and the code, but more importantly, they make lots of minor updates like this 3.1.3 update that fix security issues. The interesting thing to note with this update is […]

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A New (and Simple) Strategy for Secure, Essentially Unbreakable Passwords

A New (and Simple) Strategy for Secure, Essentially Unbreakable Passwords

A recent article on bNET.com released some fantastic information about how to strengthen your simple password that you likely use on many of your sites. Why are you talking about Passwords again?? Because you haven’t changed your passwords yet you dummy! In my position, I deal with a lot of people and their various websites. […]

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Automattic JetPack Plugin Updates to 1.1.2

Automattic JetPack Plugin Updates to 1.1.2

We have mixed opinions about the new JetPack plugin released by Automattic. Automattic is the parent company that builds WordPress.org and WordPress.com so it’s obviously a good thing that you can now get all the same great functionality on your self-hosted installed version of WordPress as you can with their online WordPress.com version. However, it […]

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WordPress 3.1.2 Fixes Security Vulnerabilities

WordPress 3.1.2 Fixes Security Vulnerabilities

The WordPress.org development team has released another version of their popular open source publishing platform. Version 3.1.2 follows a maintenance and security update to WordPress 3.1 from late February. According to the developers, the latest update addresses several bugs in WordPress, including a security vulnerability that could have “allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts”. […]

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WordPress.com Hacked!

WordPress.com Hacked!

It’s very unfortunate news, but crap happens. Here’s a comment from one WordPress user on the WordPress news release: Thanks for the update team. Crap happens, but you’re always keeping us up to date. Much appreciated. Hopefully no one was exposed too badly. WordPress.com was hacked today. Matt Mullenweg announced on the WordPress blog that […]