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if you haven’t updated your website to version 8.0 yet, you should. It came out early this year. There should not be anything in it that would break a site. The first main reason you should update is that support has ALREADY ended for versions 7.1 and 7.2 and and is in the timeline (the clock is running) until support for version 7.3 will also be ended. I updated 4 sites today without a glitch on any of them.
Some of the newer additions are the JIT compiler, which should add a little speed to your site, “union types” which is an interesting coding feature that allows more than 1 type to be used in conjunction, and “attributes” which now allows you to add meta data to a class. Also added are “name arguments”, a “match” expression which is like a super switch element, Constructor properties have also received a “step-up” in the game. There are new return types, and many other fun toys you will like if you are a programmer.
If you are not a programmer, you will just enjoy the added abilities it will give your site for any new code that is written in PHP 8.0, and the updates are likely coming if they are not already here, so you want your back-end to have the necessary tools to comply any new theme or plugin updates that are using it. If you don’t update the code version in your hosting environment, you can’t benefit fully from some of the updates.
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It’s not THAT bad, right? We know you will look back on this year at times in the future, and this year was such a struggle for so many. We will look back with affection and remember how IMPORTANT it was to maintain a little light humor during all of it. When we are on the other side looking back, I want to give you a warm feeling.
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yes, Hacking is at an all time high right now, so it’s not a time to be slack on security at all…and being as Zoom is so popular right now, there are really good quality Zoom phishing attempt to get into your system and they are working.
How it works is you get a phishing email saying you ‘missed a scheduled Zoom meeting” that will contain a link that promises a video of the meeting and recording. If you click the link it will take you to a malicious website that dupes a Microsoft Login page, and if you login, guess what, they now have your Microsoft credentials which they can now use to log in to your computer. It is very effective. If you want to read more on how the attack works, read about it in more detail here: Phishing Campaign
The attack is successful because it will appear to have your legitimate information…it will have your real name in the email. These are TARGETED attacks usually for certain company employees.
Here is another article on ZOOMBOMBING which is an entirely different Zoom hack…read about that one also.
If you do get hacked, you can get a hold of us, and we can clean up your system pretty thoroughly. I’ve done 3 people in the last week, so don’t feel like you are the only one. These guys are sitting around in lockdown/quarantine with nothing better to do than improve their hacking skills, and wreak havoc. Don’t give them an open door, lock it down folks. 🙂
I just got a notice that the plugin
has a XSS vulnerability in it. Just released today:
This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on February 11, 2020 by Matt Barry 0 Replies
If you are using this plugin, you will want to upgrade to version 1.8.3 immediately. If you want the details of the vulnerability and how it works, you can read the rest of the long post here:
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Do you have security on your email account? How much…a good password maybe? It’s not enough. And here is why…
Your email account gives access to ANY other account you may hold. If someone can access your email account, they can ‘verify’ and get into ANY of your online accounts. Maybe you think people don’t try? Well that would be a very bad mistake. Here is my account that someone has been trying to get in to unsuccessfully for 24 hours now. It’s been unsuccessful because #1 I have 2-step verification on my microsoft account. And #2, because I have 2-step verification on, you need another ‘special’ password to set up email, because the regular password won’t work in an email setup if you have 2-step security turned on.
If you look at the image, you will see the protocol they were trying to access was/is IMAP …which is email. When the request hit my phone today, I changed the password to make it even more difficult, now they have to start over if they want to continue…but somehow they got my email password, or I would have never got a request on my phone. So that should be proof to you that passwords alone are not enough.
There are certain accounts that need to be protected harder than other accounts…these are banking, hosting, and email accounts. Don’t take chances with them. You may never need it for 5 years…but if you have it in place and use it regularly…the 1 time you do need it, it will protect you.
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I just wanted to write a brief post, in light of all the internet hacking and malware that is going on lately. There are some pretty nasty infections going around the web at the moment. But people shouldn’t fear them. If you have your security up tight, if you have done all the basics, and follow all the rules, life will go on, and everything will be ok. Most hackers are not actually that intelligent. Granted, there is a handful of extremely bright coders/programmers out there. But you need to know that this is NOT the majority of the crowd out there. The majority of the crowd falls into the category of what we like to call “script kiddies” …people with zero skills, who download malicious programs from the internet and the darkweb (if they actually survive without getting hacked themselves) and attempt to put them to work. (more…)
It’s not I.T. related, but being a veteran, and also working for both Lockheed Martin, and Astro Aerospace in the past, I have a great appreciation for these projects as well. In any regard, this is a tremendously amazing acheivment, and glorious to observe. I watched this video on my TV …full screen! Don’t check out early, or you will miss the best part.
The latest version of WordPress, 5.1, has some great improvements. You will want to read about them: (REF: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/02/08/wordpress-5-1-field-guide/ ) CHECK IT OUT!
There are even more goodies in 5.1 like updates to values allowed for the
WP_DEBUG_LOG constant, new test config file constant in the test suite, new plugin action hooks, short circuit filters for
count_users(), a new
human_readable_duration function, improved taxonomy metabox sanitization, limited
LIKE support for meta keys when using
WP_Meta_Query, a new “doing it wrong” notice when registering REST API endpoints, and more!
There are also a few additional changes that will receive a dev note shortly:
Over 303 bugs, 156 enhancements, 9 feature requests, and 23 blessed tasks have been marked as fixed in WordPress 5.1. Some additional ones to highlight include:
Content-Security-Policyheaders for window in preview iframe (#40020)
sandboxattribute to restrict browsing in Customizer preview instead of attempting to rely on JS to intercept top navigation (#42341)
wp_targeted_link_rel()from corrupting Customizer changeset data (#45292)
media_handle_sideload()may unexpectedly return 0 on error (#44303)
post__inorderby not working when passed in an array to orderby (#38034)
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