Worst Passwords Ever!

Worst Passwords EVER!

How lack are you in your password creation? If you have one of these worst passwords ever, a hacker can gain access in minutes. (like 1 or 2). And if you even use any word that is found in a common dictionary, a computer program (called a brute force hacker) can go through the entire dictionary in a very short time, and still gain access.  For a password to be secure, it should have capital letters (not just the 1st one) lower case, numbers, and if permitted, characters, and it should be at least 16 characters long to be secure. It’s not that hard, as the Chrome browser can remember all your passwords for you, and if you log in to your google account on any Chrome browser, your passwords will be there for you. (just don’t forget to log off when you’re done) …that way, the only hard one …

Merry Christmas

Holiday Days and Hours Update

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.  FROM EVERYTHING I.T.!

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Website Technology Changes for Video Playback, Important!

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 …

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WordPress ANOTHER update!

UPGRADE to WordPress 4.9.1 This update is a Security and Maintenance release, fixing 11 bugs and 4 security holes, so go get it now. If you want to read what the specific changes are, read the changlog: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/11/28/wordpress-4-9-1-scheduled-for-november-29th/ basically, this is the list: #42573: File caching affecting users’ ability to use the plugin and theme file editors. #42574: MediaElement upgrade causing JS errors when certain languages are in use. #42579: Incorrect logic in extract_from_markers(). #42454: Unable to translate Codex URL in theme editor. #42609: Theme editor cannot edit files when running on a Windows server. #42628: flatten_dirlist() doesn’t play nice with folders with numeric names. #42634: DB_HOST socket paths with colons not parsed correctly. #42641: On multisite upgrade the wp_blog_versions table doesn’t get updated #42673: Themes page throws console error when there is only one installed theme. In addition, one fix for a bug introduced in WordPress 4.7 will be included in 4.9.1: #42242: lang attribute in the admin area doesn’t reflect …

SSL Setup, 20% Off CYBER MONDAY!

GET SSL INSTALLED ON YOUR WEBSITE FOR 20% DISCOUNT ON CYBER MONDAY! If there is another service you need, mention this ad, and see what other kind of specials are available this one day only! 

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WordPress 4.9 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 …

Free Programming Tutorials!!

Codeschool is giving away their whole library of programming tutorials, as many as you can do in a weekend, for FREE! So come to programming school this weekend and learn something that will help you along There are so many things you can learn. If you are interested in websites, you can learn html (very simple, a waste not to learn!) CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and if you want to learn other languages for work maybe, you can learn C, C++, Perl, Python, Java (NOT the same thing as javascript, by the way) ...and so much more. And these tutorials are usually quite expensive, so for them to give them away free for a whole weekend, is worth setting some time aside for. Especially if you OWN a website, and you are paying others to do the work because you don't understand things. Get the knowledge...you have to go after it, ...

WordPress Plugin Removed From Repository for Crypto Mining Script

Is It Possible For You To Go To A Website, and All of A Sudden Your Computer Runs Away, Uses All Its Resources; ...Then Crashes? 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 ...

Equifax Breach, did it end there?

Most of you have heard about the equifax breach by now. But did you know that Equifax has another website that is an employment income verification site, that has all of most your employment data, employment dates, SALARY INFORMATION, and much more, and shows how it can be accessed, sometimes with a simple email address? This is information that has already been breached, the realistically could allow someone to fake a tax return (the should belong to you) October is national security month. And you should really read this article, it’s quite alarming, and people need to be aware. https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/10/equifax-breach-fallout-your-salary-history/ Krebs on Security is a great source of security, and breach information, and is usually very timely in reporting as well. The only good thing is The Work Number site doesn’t seem to work real well, and either crashes, or fails to retrieve what’s there.

Krack Wifi WPA2 vulnerability

Black Monday for Wifi

Today is BLACK MONDAY: WiFi is No Longer SecureToday 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.    KRACK Attacks: Bypassing WPA2 I will follow up this post, as soon as I ...