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WooCommerce 3.4.6 released this week, patches security bug

This past week WooCommerce developers have released version 3.4.6. This release patches a security issue for all previous versions and it's strongly recommended that you to update your WooCommerce sites as soon as possible. Versions 3.4.5 and earlier are affected by a handful of issues that allow Shop Managers to exceed their capabilities and perform malicious actions. These issues can be...
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There’s plenty of advantages when it comes to webmail (web based email)

As you may know, there are two popular ways to access email – through webmail (such as the webmail service that comes with every website hosting and email hosting package we provide at O’Brien Media) and with email clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Windows Mail. Webmail is generally an easier way to get started as there’s nothing to install on your PC, Mac or Smartphone and you...
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Facebook security breach compromised the information of 50 million users

Facebook, the social media giant with over two billion monthly active users, reported on Friday (28/09/18) that their engineering team discovered an attack on their systems that compromised the highly sensitive personal data of 50 million Facebook users. As one of the leading data-collection agencies in the world, Facebook is nearly unrivalled in its depth and range of user data, and leverages...
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Decommissioning and replacement of hosting servers “server4” and “server5”

As part of our continual improvement and replacement strategy for our website hosting and email service infrastructure we are in the process of decommissioning two of our website and email hosting servers (server4.obrienmedia.co.uk and server5.obrienmedia.co.uk).Over the coming days we will be moving customer websites and email service on these servers to two replacement servers. If you have...
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Re-Allowing ‘root’ access to PhpMyAdmin in newer versions of MySQL (or MariaDB)

In newer versions of MySQL (or MariaDB) the 'root' user can no longer connect remotely to the database server via PhpMyAdmin (and other such tools). After searching and finding a few backwards and complicated solutions there is actually a simpler way, very simple in fact. In just 3 quick steps. Step 1 Connect to the database server as root in a terminal and use the database 'mysql': mysql -u root...
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Just like the crisps in your cupboard, your website has a best before date

Think your website might be outdated? Maybe it is. To continue generating leads and increasing sales it’s important to keep up with popular trends and regularly updating the elements of your website. If you notice your conversion rates are slipping, your website design could be the cause. 94% of people say that first impressions matter when they visit a business website, and the design will...
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What kind of logo do you need for your business?

When clients ask us to design a logo for their business we always start with this discussion of what kind of “logo” they need. A “logo” is often made of a logotype and a logomark. But not every business needs both.A logotype stands for words or the name of a business that is designed in a customized way.A logomark is an identifying mark or symbol that doesn’t contain the...
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Take a trip down memory lane and relive Windows 95 on a PC or Mac

You can now take a trip down memory lane and hop back into Windows 95 – and imagine you’re using an old Compaq desktop PC. Developer Felix Rieseberg has turned the classic Windows operating system into an app that runs on today’s Windows machines, as well as Mac. The likes of Wordpad and the phone dialer can be accessed within the app, which is only 129 megabytes in size. Windows 95 boot...
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Facebook rolls out new Watch video service in the UK and Ireland

After it's initial launch in the US in 2017, Facebook is rolling out its Watch video service globally one year after it launched in the United States with original entertainment news and sports content to compete with platforms like YouTube. Facebook said Watch creators in four new countries (the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) will be able to profit from their shows via the "Ad Breaks"...
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Would you have a use for a (free) 2018 wall planner? (We know it’s nearly September)

We know it's nearly September but we've been having a bit of a clear-out and have found some leftover 2018 A2 wall planners and rather than recycle them we'd prefer they realised their wall-planner potential! If you'd like one (totally free of charge) just drop us a line with your address using the form below (UK only) and we'll pop one in the post. These are available on a...
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