Category: Cyber security

do not feed the phish

Impaired spam: can you handle website design and accept credit cards

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Spam phishing attempt of the day.  I get these at least once a week.  Always the same message … can you handle website design and do you take credit cards.  They claim to be hearing impaired so you only communicate by text.  Obviously, they don’t want to get on the phone with you and reveal … Continued

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Password Security: Too much could defeat the purpose

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Identity theft, hacking, phishing, and malware are huge problems and they are only going to get worse. Once of the biggest issues we have nowadays is that we have hundreds of accounts on hundreds of platforms and many platforms have unique password security requirements. Some organizations require 8 digit passwords while others require 10, 12, … Continued


do not feed the phish

I will like to know if you can handle Website Design … and do you take credit cards?

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Spam of the day. Like a recurring dream, I get this same spam email multiple times per month.  Usually from a different person, usually in the form of a text message, and usually they ask if I also take credit cards.  The one and only time I responded, they said they were hearing impaired and … Continued

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CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN: PHISHING ALERT

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The following email at the bottom of this page looks very legitimate, which reveals the level of sophistication that spear phishing has reached.  The accompanying message, directly below, from the FCC is a warning to users who may have come across similar emails. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Network Security Operations Center (NSOC) has identified … Continued

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Disaster prevention cheaper than disaster recovery

        Filed under: Cyber security, Drupal, WordPress

Breaking and entering into websites for malicious purposes has been and will continue to be a big problem. Particularly with database-driven content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress where known vulnerabilities exist, the risk and probability of intrusion and disruption is high.  The question is not if, but when, your site will be hacked. … Continued


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How to Select the Right Plugins for your WordPress Website

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WASHINGTON DC – WordPress Developer When you’re setting up your site, finding a lot of neat plugins that add cool new functionality to your WordPress website can be fun and exciting. However, there are so many interesting plugins out there that it can be easy to go overboard installing things you may not actually need. … Continued

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Email phishing scam: Website design project, hearing impaired, do you take credit cards?

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I’ve received this same email in from several different people.  I have even received some text messages with the same basic message: “Hello I am … and i am hearing impaired i need to know if you can handle website design for a new company and i also need to know if you accept credit … Continued

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Unconfirmed WordPress Security Flaw in the Wild

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Normally we wouldn’t publish any warnings regarding unconfirmed security vulnerabilities. But this particular security issue has a credible source and possible consequences that makes it important to reflect over.   The short story: At the moment all versions of WordPress are subject to this vulnerability, and there is still no update released that will protect … Continued

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How We Monitor Your WordPress Website for Security and Performance

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Each one of our clients is very important to us, and keeping your websites safe, secure, and accessible is our top priority. Let me share with you some of the ways we go about making sure your WordPress website is protected from potential security threats. We prefer MediaTemple’s DV Developer hosting for our clients’ websites … Continued

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How to set up a secure Media Temple DV Developer server for WordPress

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WASHINGTON, DC – WordPress Developer Important Notes For all passwords you should use a secure password generator, like http://strongpasswordgenerator.com/. You may need to play around with the output so that it fits the MediaTemple password guidelines that disallow certain characters. NOTE: Keep track of your passwords as soon as they are generated so that you … Continued

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Change “500 Internal Server Error” in Joomla! 2.5 to “404 Not Found” error

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WASHINGTON DC Joomla! cyber security company – Herndon, Virginia A government client in Washington D.C. contacted us a few days ago with a problem they were encountering when trying to run an automated security auditing tool, called HP WebInspect on the development version of their websites after testing an update to Joomla! 2.5 from the … Continued

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WordPress Pharma Hack 2013 Fixed

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WASHINGTON DC WordPress development company – Herndon, Virginia Recently, one of our clients contacted us about his Google search results showing up with a notice saying that “This site may be compromised.” That text linked to a page on Google, which provided information and steps to get rid of that notice. We followed those steps, … Continued

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Dropping cookies to reinforce your brand through Google Adwords advertising

        Filed under: Cyber security, Marketing

Retargeting, remarketing, ad stalking, spyware advertising For about the fifth time in the past month, I have visited a website for the first time and then went onto either YouTube or some website that has display advertising by Google and saw, for a second time the company I visited earlier in the day or week. … Continued

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How to detect and prevent hackers and spammers

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Today I received this email from what appeared to be a relative, both my father and brother are named David Newman.  So, it would be tempting to trust anything from them and click on it. But after opening the email, it was obvious that it was not my father or brother.  They don’t write this … Continued

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Network Solutions – WordPress hosting down and slow

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If anybody out there is using Network Solutions for your hosting and if your website is powered by WordPress, then you have probably been experiencing some problems this week.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, many of the websites hosted by Network Solutions were completely dark.  When they came up on Thursday, they were running really slow. … Continued

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