Security

SSL, Browsers & WordPress

I have had a few clients contact me lately that they are getting a “weird” security error when they try and log into their WordPress website. The image above is an example of what they are seeing. “This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised. Learn More” You will typically see this…

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SSL, HTTPS and Google

You may have seen somethings about Google making yet another change that will affect how your site ranks online. Beginning in January, Google will start calling out sites that are not protected and they may get slightly lower rankings.  It is all part of Googles goal to make the internet a safe place. This is…

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A New Email Scam

I receive just as many spam and scam emails as everyone else. I like to share some of the new ones so that you can keep your eye out. This is the first time I received one like this with an actual calendar invitation as well as the email.  It seems they are trying to…

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Top Passwords in 2015

I do an update on this post almost every year. Here is a list of the most used passwords in 2015. If you use any of these passwords, change them immediately—and I mean right now! 123456 (Unchanged from last year’s list) password (Also unchanged) 12345678 (Up 1 spot from last year) qwerty (Up 1) 12345 (Down 2 from last year)…

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WordPress Security and Usernames

WordPress security or any website security is a real issue. I have had 5 customers sites hacked this past year. There are three main reasons that hacking happens: WordPress and plugins have not been updated. Poor password Poor username Today I will focus on just the issue of poor usernames. What do I mean by…

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HACKED!

I received a call early this morning from a client. “Our site is gone!” It is very easy to get excited about suddenly seeing the screen above instead of your normal beautiful site. Luckily it is not as bad as it seems at first glance. The first thing to do is get all your hosting…

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Backing Up WordPress

Always have a backup on your WordPress website. I hate to say it but it is too easy for something to go wrong. Backups a very easy to install and there are a few free options. One of the ones I recommend is Updraft Plus. Below I will list all the steps to get it…

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Getting Hacked

Unfortunately getting a hacked website can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a big business or a small one, it can happen to you. Don’t take it personal, it is nothing against you. Most of the time humans aren’t even doing the hacking, it is computers or bots. They randomly search through…

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