WordPress version 4.9 code named tipton

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!!

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WordPress Plugin Removed From Repository for Crypto Mining Script

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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 ...
CCleaner Backdoor

BACKDOOR found in CCleaner!

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

YouTube Shortcuts! (Windows)

YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts - Windows  A valuable table of video shortcut keys. Ever want to pause that video at a certain spot, and can't get the mouse fast enough? This is better! ACTION SHORTCUT play/pause spacebar, or "k"/td> rewind 5 seconds left arrow rewind 10 seconds "j" advance 5 seconds right arrow advance 10 seconds "l" (little 'L' ) skip to a division of video (middle, 1/4, etc) numbers 1-9; 5=.5=50% or half-way (top, not 10-key pad) restart zero (top, not 10-key pad) fullscreen f / Esc go to beginning/end HOME / END volume up/down arrow increase speed Shift+> or Shift+. decrease speed Shift+< or Shift+, adv. 1 frame (when paused) period back 1 frame comma mute m captions c captions background b prev vid in playlist shift + p next video shift + n

WordPress Update

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:  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 …

October Deadline: Non-SSL sites will be flagged INSECURE

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 …

It’s Finally Here! iOS Sceensharing!

It has been a long time gripe that Tech Support has been able to jump on and help anyone, anywhere, …-as long as they were not on an iPhone or iPad. It was a limitation of Apple, not the apps or programs that provide screen-sharing abilities. Apple wasn’t willing to break that security, no matter how secure the app. But I guess Teamviewer, which is fully encrypted, and the only HIPAA compliant app/program, somehow got through to them finally. And Teamviewer notified us that has changed today. Supposedly Teamviewer now fully supports iOS devices. I’m dying to test it out and see if it’s fully functional. So if you have an iOS device and want to do a quick test with me, LET’S DO IT. Give me a call, or just let me know in a post, comment, or whatever floats your boat. 🙂 Here is the link to the …