Reminder: Google is changing the way websites work when viewed in Chrome from February 4th, 2020

Google Chrome is changing the way websites and cookies work by default. This is a courtesy reminder that web sites you use, if run in Chrome by you or your visitors, may not work as expected once Chrome 80 is released on February 4th, 2020. Prior to February 4th 2020, you should test to confirm if any updates are required to allow the continued normal operation of your website or web app.
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WordPress now powers over a third of the top 10 million websites

Our content management system of choice, WordPress, now powers over a third of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. WordPress' market share has been growing steadily over the past few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% now. Stats in review In 2005, WordPress were celebrating 50,000 downloads. Six years later, in January 2011, WordPress was powering 13.1% of...
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Say goodbye to Google+ from April 2nd, 2019

If you’re wanting to read about why Google+ was a bad idea poorly executed, well, just Google “Google+” and you will be treated to more than enough diatribes about why this platform was an eight-year non-starter. But as for our blog, we’ll stick with the impact Google+ had on WordPress, Drupal and websites in general. First things first Firstly, make sure you act now to remove any...
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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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The GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – is here. What should website owners do now?

The new GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation - which came into effect on 25th May this year and replaces the current Data Protection laws across the UK and Europe. It's important that all businesses are aware of what it means for your them, as the consequences of not complying with the new regulations could be severe, with, worse case, fines of up to 20 million Euros for larger companies....
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How website software updates are more important than ever with the introduction of GDPR

Whatever software and plugins you use for your website, regular updates are needed to fix bugs, increase security, enhance and add features, and generally improve performance. If you don’t update your website software, you may have issues in areas of website performance such as page load speed and web browser compatibility, and your site will be at greatly increased risk of hacking. How you...
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Do not updated to Drupal 7.58

Following the remote code execution vulnerability discovered in all versions of Drupal released prior to 28th March 2018, and patched in Drupal 7.58 and Drupal 8.5.1, may have been hacked if they have not been updated to Drupal 7.58 (or 8.5.1) by Wednesday, 11th April 2018, may have been hacked after the Drupal security team became aware of automated attacks attempting to compromise Drupal 7...
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WordPress a good move to keep things simple

While switching from Drupal to WordPress means you may need to give up certain features and functionality, but those things don't matter if they complicate your ability to maintain and manage your website, to add improvements, or to complete software updates without the help (and costs) of a web developer. WordPress is far less complicated than Drupal This is the number one reason to choose...
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Security of Drupal 8.5 or below.

This post contains important, time sensitive information about the security of your website if you're running Drupal version 7.57 or below or Drupal 8.5 or below. If you're an O'Brien Media client with a Drupal website you'll probably be familiar with the periodic Drupal update emails we send out regarding how important it is to keep up to date with security patches and other updates for your...
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Malicious website password reset requests on the rise from Russia

Important: Malicious website password reset requests on the rise from Russia

With all the interest in Russian hackers and a certain presidential campaign you'd be forgiven for thinking that only high-profile websites and individuals are targets for hackers. Not so. Over the past week we’ve seen a 1900% (yes one thousand nine hundred) percent increase in the number of malicious login attempts to websites hosted on our servers. And we’re not alone. Across the...
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