Today is BLACK MONDAY: WiFi is No Longer Secure”
Today is being called “Black Monday” in many information security circles. We have had a major Wi-Fi vulnerability announced that affects absolutely every device that supports Wi-Fi. The vulnerability allows attackers to decrypt WPA2 connections. A second vulnerability has also emerged today. This is a bad day for security.
There is a lot of very technical information, which most of you won’t understand, but if you techies want to read the full article, WordFence wrote it much better than I ever could. You can catch that post here: WORDFENCE WPA2 ENCRYPTION CRACKED!
Just to show you how quickly a hacker can now get onto a wifi network, and get passwords, and much, much more, I’ll add the Video here so you don’t have to click to watch the video.
I will follow up this post, as soon as I learn how to secure wifi again. As it is, everyone is using WPA2, it was supposed to be the unbreakable security method. But I’m sure they will tell us quickly how to block these kind of attacks, and I will pass it on to you as soon as I find out myself. (because information should be shared)
Update, or better yet, uninstall CCLeaner now. In August, there was a backdoor discovered in the free registry cleaner. To read the full article, visit Acronis here: CCleanerBackDoorFound
WordPress 4.8.2 is released. Time to update core files again. Keep them current, and stay secure out there!
If you would like to know what the changes are (and they are always good…WordPress is one program that doesn’t send out updates unless they actually accomplish something, and it’s typically quite a bit!) …you can read about them here: [su_permalink target=”blank”]https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.8.2[/su_permalink] Just for a highlight, I will say that on the SECURITY side, there are 5, (not 1, but FIVE) cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities plugged in this update. So for security reasons alone, you should update. Not to mention that there are typically great functionality upgrades as well. Don’t forget to backup first, before doing any CORE updates (and themes also usually) …the FILES AND THE DATABASE! …just in case something doesn’t work right with your server. The one time you don’t do a backup, you will probably need it, because that’s just how life works. 🙂
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[edsanimate_start entry_animation_type= “rollIn” entry_delay= “0.5” entry_duration= “1.5” entry_timing= “ease” exit_animation_type= “” exit_delay= “” exit_duration= “” exit_timing= “” animation_repeat= “1” keep= “yes” animate_on= “load” scroll_offset= “” custom_css_class= “”][edsanimate_end]You probably heard about this, but probably thought what happened was already done and over with. It’s not. There is an October deadline when all Google (I.E. CHROME) browsers will flag all non-SSL sites as insecure. In order to not be flagged you will need to have a certificate installed, activated, and configured so your site redirects to a HTTPS:// URL prefix instead of HTTP. If you want to read an article about it, here’s one (you can Google it and find more I’m sure) google-reminds-website-owners-to-move-to-https-before-october . It is supposed to only flag websites that have password or credit card form fields on the site.
But, it is also important to recognize that even if you don’t have password or credit card form data fields on your website, it is still beneficial to install SSL on your site for the SEO benefit alone. If Google is penalizing the page rank for non-encrypted sites, and they are, you really can not afford to not install it, can you? Do you want to be on page 4 or 5 when people search for your type of business on Google? Because if you don’t put SSL, your website will go to the end of the list. Sorry. Don’t shoot the messenger.
There are many different types of SSL certificates out there that you can get for a whole range of prices, ranging from $10 to $500, depending on your need. The ones that come from your host tend to cost more. If you just want a cheap one, you can get one here: https://www.ssls.com/ . The $4.99/yr one is only if you purchase that cert for 3 years, for around $15 total. If you just get it for one year, it’s $8.95 I think.
Everything I.T. will install one for $75.
This is just a courtesy post. WordPress 4.7.5 which is a security release, is out today. And with all the new crazy malware and ransomware out on the internet spreading like crazy right now, you need all the security you can get, so go update right away, and stay safe! https://wordpress.org/news/2017/05/wordpress-4-7-5/