Category: Security

Keeping safe

Beware of WordPress Community links

If you’re a blogger, particularly one who uses WordPress, you may well have received an email, or a contact form submission, with content very much like this: You have been chosen by WordPress community to

Thinning out your online presence

This article is not WordPress or Mac related, but I think many readers will find it useful. Over the months and years you’ve probably signed up for a variety of online and social media accounts,

Don’t be fooled by Pass4Sure

Today I received an enquiry sent via my contact page, offering me US$175 if I place some advertising on my site in a certain way. Here’s the full text of the enquiry: Name: Fred Jackson

How To Remove The WordPress Admin User Account

If you’ve been on the internet in the past week or so, you’ve probably heard about the spate of “brute force” attacks that have been made on WordPress sites, specifically targeting accounts with the username “admin.”

Sync passwords between Mac and Android with KeePass

This is a very old post. These days I recommend using LastPass. It’s actually not too difficult to manage all your online passwords in such a way that you can access and update them from

Speed Up and Secure Your Site With CloudFlare

The speed at which your site loads is becomig increasingly important. Not only does a speedy site provide a good user experience, but it’s becoming increasingly important from an SEO perspective – site speed is

Removing the WordPress admin file editor

How many times have you handed over a project to a client, only to receive a phone call two weeks later saying “I think I broke the site…”? Maybe your client used the theme file

How to rename the WordPress admin account

These days WordPress lets you choose an admin username when you create a new installation, but there are probably still millions of WordPress sites out there with an admin username of “admin”. This is not

WordPress Security Alert – TimThumb Image Resizing Script

In recent days a significant WordPress security threat has emerged. The root of it is the ability for unsavory types to compromise a very common image resizing script called TimThumb which is used in many

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Apache logs

Issues with suhosin or mod_security , then best check your Apache error logs tail -f /usr/local/apache/logs/error_log

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Decision time for European Windows users

It’s finally coming. Many months ago, Microsoft lost an argument with the European Commission, the result of which is that it has to give Windows users a choice of which browser to use on their

Why Web Developers should use KeePass

This is a very old post. These days I recommend using LastPass. What is KeePass? KeePass Password Safe, to give it its full name, is a free, open-source, password manager available on multiple platforms and

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How to check and stop if DDoS attack is going on.

Distributed denial-of-service attacks In a distributed attack, the attacking computers are often personal computers with broadband connections to the Internet that have been compromised by viruses or Trojan horse programs. These allow the perpetrator to

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Installing and configuring Linux CDP Agents

R1Soft CDP is a easy to install and use continous data protection system, primarily targeted at the hosting market. It backups up multiple servers to a central backup server; multiple backup windows can be performed

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cPanel Name Server Setup

It seems no matter which flavor of linux / unix you are running and which control panel software that setting up custom name servers is always a problem. This How-To will be for installing name

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APF firewall. Daily automated email showing firewall status

Charles Sweeney writes : This is how to get your server to send you a daily email showing the status of your APF firewall. In other words, letting you know if it’s running or not!

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Syctl.conf Hardening

The purpose of syctl hardening is to help prevent spoofing and dos attacks. This short guide will show what I have found to be a good configuration for the sysctl.conf configuration file. The most important

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Install APF Firewall on a cPanel sever

To install APF firewall login to your server as root and follow this tutorial

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Security Guide for cPanel servers

You must keep your box secure at all times, getting compromized could lead to dataloss, which means you loose clients which isnt a very good way to run your buisness. You dont have to be

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Dealing With Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Distributed denial of service attacks are frustrating — they’re frustrating for the company under attack, and frustrating for the web host. They can also be costly in terms of business and goodwill lost. Fortunately, there