Heartbleed and JetPack exploits

Many of you may now be aware of a couple of potentially disastrous issues plaguing the Interwebs and especially WordPress users.

There are a couple of potentially distressing issues getting around the Internet at the moment

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What’s Your Password ? – 25 Worst Passwords for 2013

SplashData, which makes password management applications, has released its 2013 list of the 25 worst passwords based on files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online in the last year. “123456″ now tops “password,” which is the traditional favourite.

How has this changed in a year ….
See the 25 worst password list for 2012
Here’s the full 2013 list:

  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • 123456789
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • iloveyou
  • adobe123
  • 123123
  • admin
  • 1234567890
  • letmein
  • photoshop
  • 1234
  • monkey
  • shadow
  • sunshine
  • 12345
  • password1
  • princess
  • azerty
  • trustno1
  • 000000

secure passwords are important

You can see that in 12 months not much has changed, in fact it is entirely possible the problem has gotten worse.

The thing that I find scary is that in 12 months – millions more people and many many millions of new devices have connected to the internet. We have become even more enmeshed and reliant on these devices to interact with a wide variety of applications that will mostly have sensitive personal data hidden behind that password.

It seems that people do not think that they could possibly become victims, therefore password security does not apply to them, or it is too much of a hassle.

The program offerings since last year have grown as far as applications to assist us in controlling our personal security by saving complicated passwords or providing centralised secure login. Programs are available for web browsers, macs, pc’s and most smartphones and tablets.

There is no longer any excuse .. make a commitment toward self protection and change your password today!!!

P.S. If you need a few pointers about how to create a new password read my 2012 worst passwords post

WordPress: using the kitchen sink

The kitchen sink icon , if clicked, reveals a second menu that gives you access to several formatting styles and import features that are not commonly used.
Once you have finished using the function contained within the kitchen sink row, you can click omn the icon again to put it away.

Jim’s law of Diminishing Tweets

One complaint that seems to crop up again and again when discussing Twitter with people is that it can be a one way conversation a lot of the time.
Tweets whiz past so fast you hardly can get anything meaningful out of it. When people try and get something out of twitter, some information on a product , a restaurant recommendation, a suggestion for the colour of a new nursery being painted, no responses come back.

I will be continuing to work through this theme in future posts but here are my thoughts so far. [Continue Reading]

Setting Up additional Pages in your webspace (outside of wordpress)

Occasionally there may be a reason that additional web pages may be required that reside outside of the wordpress framework
The following is a quick guide  to  creating these pages.

 

File Names.

  • Should not contain spaces.
  • End with  an appropriate extension (.htm   .html   .php)
  • the filename index.html or index.php will automatically be displayed first.  (index.html takes precedence over index.php)

 

Directories (Folders)
As a rule  your html should be placed in a subfolder under the  website  document  root folder (public_html)  You should not add an index.html file to the website document  root. Adding index.html to the website root folder may cause problems with the display of your regular wordpress site.   If in doubt – don’t

Always backup before doing anything!

If you are unable to backup your site , I can do this for you. (Charges Apply) Just log a support ticket and we will contact to discuss.

Ways to Access your files and Folders

There are 2 ways to directly access your files.

1) FTP

FTP Stands for File Transfer Protocol.  With ftp you can create and delete folders and files, you can also upload and download files to your site. FTP is the  most common method for accessing and transferring files.

If you have more than a couple of file operations to complete this is the best method to use.

FTP Application Programs.

Mac OSX  
FTP using OSX Desktop See Article

 

Filezilla – Free Ftp Solution

 

Cyberduck  (not just a cute name)

If you are  going to be using ftp a lot and want outstanding transfer speed and a solid feature rich solution, you may wish to purchase Transmit by Panic

Windows

Filezilla (my personal preference, this is my FTP workhorse on every platform.

This is a good choice if tiy are using  multiple operating systems as it is available on everything.

FireFTP  an FTP that runs in conjunction with Firefox

GoFTP user friendly and reasonably fast

2)  File Manager in Control Panel

Control panel supplies a graphical file management program that can be used to create edit upload download files, create zipped archives, upload compressed zip archives and also uncompress these.

It can also be used for changing file permissions.

Accessing the Control Panel File Manager

Log into control panel

Cpanel File manager Icon

 

Under the files submenu you will see the icon called file manager.  Click on it and you will be asked where you would like to start. select public_html folder.

This should place you within the file menu in the right place to.

If you have not used this before i would suggest you

create a folder and from under this folder, create some text files , practice editing them.

upload some othe rfiles practice comressing , uncompressing, etc.

Do this till you feel comfortable moving around in this application.

 

Remember also before you do anything, It is always a great idea to backup before you play.

If you do not have a backup solution, May I suggest you look at our offsite backup and restore service. for $10 per month we will backup your site daily (30 day retention) and provide assistance if you require recovery assistance.  For more information please contact me 

What’s Your Password ? – 25 Worst Passwords for 2012

SplashData recently published a report showing the 25 most-used passwords of 2012. Check them out below to make sure yours isn’t on the list! Plus see my tips for increasing password security without additional stress.
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New Email Phishing Scam Warning

I m putting out a general warning to all customers of the following email phishing scam currently going out to a lot of Internet users around the world. Phishing means that a scammer is pretending to be a trustworthy entity requesting to supply sensitive information which can be used to gain unauthorised access to your Account(s).

Below is an example of the phishing e-mail received by a customer today:

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Content in an Elastic Environment

The parameters in development of websites has evolved over time, for example:
From 1994 for the first decade of my Internet career, my largest concern was the amount of time a page took to download over a modem. (my rule was 30 seconds) We developed for a 640 x 480 px screen size.

Design during this time often encompassed blinking headings, multiple fonts and vari-coloured everything.
The mass adoption of broadband saw a shift to much more content heavy pages , the average page these days would take minutes to download on a modem. Development was for 1024 x 768 screens and more modern processors.
Since around 2010 and emphatically over the past year the emphasis has shifted to an elastic design model- building pages that not only look good on your desktop computer, but on your iphone or android device.
The reason is simple: content delivery is rapidly moving to mobile devices as the preferred receiver. Our world has shifted. Wireless / 3g / H+ and now 4g have probably already exceeded broadband in number of devices connected.

What does all this mean, especially to someone who is not a developer?
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Dangerous Skype Conversations

people need to be very careful about accepting conversations from unknown skype contacts.

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Pinegrove Gourmet Pesto and Pasta Sauces

pinegrovegourmet.com.auPinegrove Gourmet is an ecommerce website selling Pestos and Pasta Sauces. The site is used for the following:

  • Ecommerce – product sales
  • Advertising products
  • Collecting leads
  • Wholesale Enquiries
  • Recipes
  • Blog Bulletins

The site has been designed so that content can be maintained by non technical people. and there is latitude for additional development if required. This website is written to be mobile responsive so it can be used by smart phones and tablet computers .