Attackers using the Coronavirus as a phishing trap

The coronavirus outbreak is being used in phishing attacks according to researchers at Proofpoint. Attackers are taking advantage of the widespread concern about the virus to lure people into phishing traps using conspiracy theories about “unreleased” cures. One example describes a ‘confidential cure solution’ before giving users the option to follow a link through to a fake website...
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Support remote workers using Microsoft Teams

Use the best practices in this article to support your users who work remotely or from home. Technical advice Make sure Teams is turned on for everyone Look at Teams free to make Teams available to everybody in your company. Remote employees rely more heavily on meetings and audio conferencing. If you haven't yet rolled out these workloads, check out Meetings and conferencing in Teams. Tell...
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Replacement of some SSL certificates for O’Brien Media hosting clients

We have been notified that one of our suppliers of a recently discovered a bug in the Let's Encrypt certificate authority code, described here and covered by BBC News on their website today, 4th March.Unfortunately, this means we need to replace the certificates that were affected by this bug, which includes a number of certificates issued between January 28th and February 29th. To avoid...
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Bad news for the SSL good-guys (Three quarters of all phishing sites now use SSL)

The total number of phishing sites detected by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) worldwide in October through December 2019 was 162,155, following the all-time-high of 266,387 attacks recorded in July through September 2019. Most menacing, however, were targeting trends exhibited by cybercrime gangs focusing on: users of web-hosted email and social media to multiply the numbers of potential...
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Cybercrime: Europe’s Most & Least Secure Countries

Specops Software has released data showing the countries in Europe most and least susceptible to cyber crimes. The company analysed the total number of cloud provider related incoming attacks as well as cryptocurrency mining, malware and ransomware encounters on machines in each country. The Netherlands has the highest rate of machines that experienced one of the above attacks at 17.64 percent...
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How to write unique and useful articles for your website

Successful writers have one thing in common and that is being able to write persuasive and highly engaging content on a regular basis over time. Every writer or blogger has their own style, though there are some basic pointers for writing unique and useful content that might be worth considering. Below are some principles for writing highly engaging and unique contents: Note that to gain good...
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Update now to get the improved block editor in WordPress 5.3.2

WordPress 5.3 expands and refines the block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0 with a new block, more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms and provide additional layout options and style variations to give designers complete control over the look of a site. Block Editor Improvements This enhancement focused update introduces over...
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Get your business off to a great start in 2020 with a new website or refreshed website design

With a new year and a new decade upon us now is a great time to take stock of your website and ask yourself if it is still working as hard for your business as you’d like? Customers like to see that businesses are keeping up with the latest digital trends, if your website feels dated to a customer there’s a big risk they might go elsewhere! Even if you’re not in the market for a full...
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January 2020 will see new minimum requirements for WooCommerce 3.9

When WooCommerce 3.9 is released in January, it will have new required versions of WordPress and PHP. Running WooCommerce 3.9 will require a site running WordPress 5.0 and PHP 7.0 or newer. The WooCommerce development team plan to keep developing blocks and other integrations that rely on current versions of WordPress, and this release prepare WooCommerce for these new features so we can deliver...
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The randomness of of lava lamps helps secure 10 percent of the internet

What’s encrypting your internet surfing? An algorithm created by a supercomputer? Well, if the site you’re visiting is encrypted by the cybersecurity firm Cloudflare, your activity may be protected by a wall of lava lamps.Cloudflare covers websites for Uber, OKCupid, & FitBit, for instance. The wall of lamps in the San Francisco headquarters generates a random code. Over 100  lamps, in a...
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