Update Easy WP SMTP – Vulnerability affecting thousands of sites across the internet discovered

The Easy WP SMTP plugin authors have released a new update, fixing a very critical 0day vulnerability. When leveraged, this vulnerability gives unauthenticated attackers the power to modify any options of an affected site — ultimately leading to a complete site compromise. The vulnerability, found only in version 1.3.9, has been seen exploited in the wild and impacts thousands of sites. The...
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How not to back up your data & important information

Your customer files, your accounts, your website, your contacts, your designs, your images. Anything you can’t do without needs a safety net. Backing up isn’t just common sense – it could be a condition of your business insurance too. And not doing it the right way could mean your business insurance policy not paying out at the time you need it most. The good news is it’s easy. Back up,...
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Why you might need to refresh your website

As a website design business, you would think that our website would be immune from needing to update our look. But you are wrong. As website designers we are always trying to improve our website to make it better, easier to navigate, and more attractive to clients. And as marketing is ever evolving, then so must our website. Read our top 4 signs it might be time to redesign your website: 1. Your...
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Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November of 2021

Drupal 7 was first released in January 2011. In November 2021, after over a decade, Drupal 7 will reach end of life (EOL). Official community support for version 7 will end, along with support provided by the Drupal Association on Drupal.org. This means that automated testing services for Drupal 7 will be shut down, and there will be no more updates provided by the Drupal Security Team. When this...
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Top 5 ways to add social media icons to your WordPress blog or website

You work hard to create a professional website with educational content. You don’t want to get buried under all the other sites on the web. That’s where social media comes in handy. If you can create a customer base on Facebook or Twitter they’ll get your updates every day, and you’ll always be top of mind. Better yet, they might even share you work to their follower base. However, you...
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Social media SEO trends heading into 2019

There’s been talk about social media as a ranking factor for a long time. In 2010, Google said social media was a ranking factor (that means if you're on social media, your website will generally show above similar businesses who aren't on social media - at least in 2010). In 2014, the same search engine said that social media probably isn’t a ranking factor. "Probably" being the key word...
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Voice search isn’t going away in 2019

Voice search isn’t going to go away. In fact, it’s expected to increase in popularity.  According to predictions by ComScore, 50% of all searches by 2020 will be voice.At the start of 2018, voice search was defined as “an upcoming technology that allows users to access internet search results using nothing more than a smart device and their voice.”In 2019, voice search will no longer...
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Merry Christmas from your O’Brien Media team!

'Tis the season to be jolly so the O'Brien Media Team will be taking a short festive break on Dec 25th and 26th. But don’t worry, we’ll be available on the other days (except 1st Jan). We'll be operating with a limited staff so that team members can visit with family (and have the occasional late night!) so it might take a little longer for us to answer the phones and reply to emails over the...
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Fix Outlook 365 problems with the Recovery Assistant for Office 365

If you need to fix Outlook and Office 365 problems, you can use the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 to resolve the issues easily. Fix Outlook and Office 365 problems The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 is a one-click tool that Microsoft has released to make things easier for Windows users who are facing issue with Office 365 or Microsoft Outlook....
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WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release

How are you faring with WordPress 5.0? Have you updated yet, or are you still holding off? Either way, you should pay attention to a new security release. WordPress 5.0.1 is out to fix a number of security issues. However, these issues also affect older versions of WordPress, so the core team has created a separate WordPress 4.9.9 release so that people who haven't updated to 5.0 yet can still...
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