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The dangers of using public WiFi

The dangers of using public WiFi

How often do you use public WiFi? Are you aware of the dangers of using public WifI? Do you know how to protect yourself from harm? These are some of the questions that I will answer in this post, so if you or your kids are not currently securing your mobile devices, keep reading. The Dangers Of Using Public WiFi Everyone has several points during their day when they find themselves somewhere in public, and they just happen to catch a break. In those times, most people will simply take out...

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WordPress auto updates broken

WordPress auto updates broken

In an unfortunate turn of events, WordPress 4.9.3 was released earlier this week and it included a bug which broke WordPress auto-update. Millions of sites auto-updated from 4.9.2 to WordPress 4.9.3 and it broke their ability to auto-update in the future. What Broke? WordPress 4.9.3 included a bug that causes a fatal PHP error when WordPress tries to update itself. This interrupts the auto-update process and leaves the site on 4.9.3 forever. The core developers tried to reduce the number of...

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Major CPU security flaws affecting ALL computer systems

Major CPU security flaws affecting ALL computer systems

Meltdown and Spectre are the names of two serious security flaws that have been found within computer processors. They could allow hackers to steal sensitive data without users knowing, one of them affecting chips made as far back as 1995. What are Meltdown and Spectre? Meltdown is a security flaw that could allow hackers to bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s core memory, which is normally highly protected. Spectre is slightly different. It...

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The Truth about WordPress Security

The Truth about WordPress Security

  One of the services I provide is managed WordPress websites, and a common negative comment I hear from people is about WordPress security, claiming “WordPress is not secure.”. More often than not these words of misplaced warning come from other web designers or IT guys who clearly have not done their research, and really should know better. The obvious major drawback of this information is that clients then become fearful of potentially falling victim to malicious behaviour.  But the...

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Security patches not being rolled out to Windows 7 & 8

Security patches not being rolled out to Windows 7 & 8

Microsoft is silently patching security bugs in Windows 10, and not immediately rolling out the same updates to Windows 7 and 8, potentially leaving hundreds of millions of computers at risk of attack. Flaws and other programming blunders that are exploitable by hackers and malware are being quietly cleaned up and fixed in the big Windows 10 releases – such as the Anniversary Update and the Creator's Update. But this vital repair work is only occurring slowly if at all, filtering back down to...

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Why You Should Be Using a Password Manager

Why You Should Be Using a Password Manager

Every few weeks, we hear the news that another major corporation and their website has been hacked, just last week we heard about Equifax being hacked and data on millions of users being compromised. We of course only hear about the major newsworthy hacks which have been discovered or disclosed, but the scary truth is that around 30,000 websites are hacked every single day. Often these hacks mean your personal information has also been compromised, most likely without your knowledge as often...

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Cyber Security: How to protect your kids online

Cyber Security: How to protect your kids online

To be blunt  (no insult intended),  most parents are not very computer literate and as a result are also oblivious the dangers of letting their kids loose on the Internet. This is not specifically because you are parents but simply a statistic based on research that shows that 69% of the population are not very computer literate and 26% cannot use a computer at all. In most cases, your kids are probably more computer literate than you are. But while your kids might be better with...

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Linux can be hacked using only the backspace key

As any I.T. person will know, Linux geeks consider Linux to be the most secure OS on the planet, and many will even claim it is so secure and un-hackable that they do not need any malware protection or such. So it is ironic that a Linux hack has now been discovered which is probably the worst and simplest hack ever discovered, far worse than any hack or vulnerability ever discovered for Windows. If you press the backspace key 28 times on a locked-down Linux machine you want to access, a Grub2...

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Parents Beware! Microsoft Family Safety is broken, your kids are not protected.

Parents Beware! Microsoft Family Safety is broken, your kids are not protected.

Like many parents, I have been using Microsoft Family Safety on my kids computers for several years now to keep them safe online by restricting what websites they can view, blocking adult content, restrict what apps they can use etc. I also used family safety to control my kids screen time, so that they could not spend all day/night on the computer frying their brains and eyesight, or use it after bedtime. By default, we gave all our kids ZERO screen time each day, and then used the...

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