The office will be closed from December 22nd until Jan 2nd, although I could be available as early as December 30th. Leaving town for Christmas. Although ALL remote services will still be available. I’m just not taking any jobs that require me “physically” being there, or any equipment/laptop drop-offs. I will however have a computer with me, and will answer all emails and texts, and will be able to perform any remote services, like Windows issues, Website issues, etc. …any of the things I would normally do remotely. So please don’t hesitate to call just because the hours say closed, there was no field to add an explanation on Yelp or Facebook.
If you have a website, or you are involved in web development, you know that things are constantly changing, right? Do you remember not too long ago before HTML 5 and CSS 3 came out and brought along all the wonderful responsive website technology that made things so nice for cell phones and tablets? Do you remember that once upon a time, we had to have a .mobile TLD (top level domain) for your URL so you could have an entire separate website for cell phones? And then came along HTML5 and CSS3 and all this wonderful new stuff that removed the scroll bar from the bottom of the webpage, and now things just AUTOMATICALLY resize depending on screen size? It seems like ages ago, but really it wasn’t that many years ago. Things change rapidly when it comes to internet technology. Sometimes, for those of us who work in it, it’s difficult to keep up with.
Anyway, today I have some information about the WebKit engine. WebKit engine is the technology used for Safari browsers, and the Kindle browser. (why can’t they just use the same HTML as everyone else, right?) Anyway, there are some new changes that have to do how AUTOPLAY on videos works. So if you have video on your website, you are probably going to want to study this issue. I have read that the changes that Apple made, Chrome will also be making in early 2018. The main thing is that AUDIO will not autoplay any more. If you want sound, you have to have controls enabled. Only videos without sound will autoplay. If you want to read about the OSX and iOS Webkit changes, you can read about them here: https://webkit.org/blog/7734/auto-play-policy-changes-for-macos/
WORDPRESS VERSION 4.9 UPDATE RELEASED
Be sure to update your WordPress sites and keep them secure. (and get all the wonderful additional features they add in major version releases). Today version 4.9, nick-named “Tipton” was released. It has a lot of new features, new widgets, a lot of customizer improvements, coding enhancements, and much more, GO READ ABOUT IT if you are interested. It is sitting there on your dashboard, waiting for you to run the update, so take the 5 minutes and go do it. Don’t forget to backup both the files and the database first, so if something on your site for some reason is not compatible, you can restore it to the prior configuration.
If you need any help, Everything I.T. has wonderfully affordable WordPress annual maintenance packages that cover updating and backups, and in some cases restoration from a successful hack. (If someone hacks your site, we’ll put it back for you, a feature of the advanced maintenance package) We can also install SSL on your site for around $75, and we also have a full security configuration as well that covers putting a firewall, setting blocking of known blacklists, and about 30 other deterrent features that are wonderful, and entirely worth the price. CALL TODAY!
So I haven’t posted in a while. And I’m not sure how this type of formatted post will display on Facebook, so it’s kind of test.
Anyway, today I found some information that is kind of different, and I think you will find it very interesting. Today, WordFence (a security plugin authoring company) blogger wrote about a plugin that was taken down from the WordPress repository. It was a plugin called “Animated Weather Widget by weatherfor.us ” and what it did on the website frontend where it was installed, I don’t really know. But it’s what it did in the background/backend that is very interesting. Apparently this plugin ran a script that installed an iframe script that basically turned the whole PC into a crypto currency mining computer, using ALL the resources of any client computer that visited a website that had the plugin installed. Now you should understand that the website owners themselves had no knowledge of this, so you can’t really fault them. Eventually they will discover (hopefully) that the plugin no longer exists (or hopefully they will test their own site) and will remove it from their site, but if you ever go a website, and your computer fan starts running like crazy, then you are going to want to leave that website immediately.
If you want to go read the whole amazing story, you can go here and read it on the WordFence website, but I downloaded the amazing story on video for you : WordPress Plugin Banned for Crypto Mining
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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)