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WordPress 3.03 Is Released

WordPress 3.03 Is Released

Have you ever noticed how WordPress likes to release updates right when you’re ready to go to bed? And you seem to think “hey wait, didn’t I just update this site last week?” Yep, WordPress has released a new update just a few days after the latest update to 3.02. This latest update is version […]

WikiLeaks Hit With 2 Cyber-Attacks

WikiLeaks Hit With 2 Cyber-Attacks

Are you really surprised? I mean seriously… the WikiLeaks hackers have probably made enemies with some of the most powerful people and corporations in the world. Back in the day of the Wild West cowboys, their faces would be plastered on every Wanted poster in the West. Apparently since Sunday, the WikiLeaks site has suffered […]

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WordPress Updates to 3.02

WordPress Updates to 3.02

The WordPress development team has released version 3.0.2 of WordPress. This update is mostly a maintenance and security update for the 3.0.x branch of WordPress. According to the WordPress developers, the update addresses a security issue that could allow a malicious Author-level user to gain further access to a site. Other changes include additional security […]

Bill O’Reilly Website Hack Reminds Us All To Change Passwords

Bill O’Reilly Website Hack Reminds Us All To Change Passwords

Bill O’Reilly’s website was hacked a couple years ago. We won’t describe the entire story since the details are “old news” and not relevant to the point of this article. Basically, Bill O’Reailly, a popular political commentator, reported a story about a website group that had previously released private information about Sarah Palin. Bill made […]

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10 Worst Credit Card Mistakes

10 Worst Credit Card Mistakes

This post is a little off the “beaten path” of wordpress security. But we have found that too often in our work with clients that the same people that get their websites hacked often have problems with identity theft. The 2 victim parties don’t always overlap, but there seems to be quite the correlation as […]

Bit.ly and URL Shorteners Assist With Email Spam

Bit.ly and URL Shorteners Assist With Email Spam

It’s hard to say who is worse… hackers or spammers? Since many of them probably both hack and spam, let’s just clump them all as “The Evil Scum of The Earth”.  You see news stories all the time about burglaries, rapes, identity theft, and many other terrible and horrible things. (It’s really quite depressing to […]

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How to Turn on Hotmail HTTPS Browsing

How to Turn on Hotmail HTTPS Browsing

In our last post, we referenced the Digital Society report card that basically gave Hotmail a D- failing grade. Perhaps that announcement combined with the Firesheep outcry helped prompt an announcement from Microsoft. On Nov 9, 2010, Microsoft announced that Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption which means that Hotmail is providing you with […]

Digital Society Online Services Security Report Card

Digital Society Online Services Security Report Card

We recently discussed the Firefox hijacking tool called Firesheep. Basically the tool gives attackers access to your web accounts as you are browsing the Internet (usually in public WiFi areas). We threw up red flags and warned people about the issues. Now there is a new study to backup our stern warnings. If you are […]

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The Most Common Password on the Internet Is [drumroll please]

The Most Common Password on the Internet Is [drumroll please]

Can I get a drumroll please? According to The New York Times, the most common password on the Internet is “123456”. Are you kidding me? Why do you even use a password if you’re going to choose that password? A few reasons why people use simple password: It’s easy to remember It’s easy to type […]

Let’s Talk Basics About Hosting

Let’s Talk Basics About Hosting

No amount of security on your wordpress website is sufficient if you don’t have a good host. It’s a real shame when I talk to people that feel their website was sufficiently secure and yet they still got hacked. The question they ask is always “Why did I get hacked if my site was secure?” […]