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Is your website’s front door wide open to WordPress hackers?

It is frustrating to find out that your WordPress site has been hacked, recently one of our customers asked us why do hackers target WordPress? The answer is usually, in part at least, due to the very reason that WordPress is such a popular content management system for websites, its active developer community and the volume of free plugins and free themes available to customise your site without...
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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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4 tips for managing WordPress plugins in 2020

Updating your WordPress plugins is most easily achieved from the Plugins tab in the WordPress dashboard. From there you can see which plugins have updates available, after which it’s a matter of hitting Update now to install the new versions. Minimise the number of plugins you have. Always remove plugins if you aren’t using them anymore. Keep your attack surface area as small as you can....
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O’Brien Media are Cyber Essentials Certified via IASME and CyberSmart

The growing threat of cyber-related crime is quickly becoming a major concern for most organisations and business leaders. With regular reports of high-profile businesses falling victim to cybercrime across the globe, it’s the responsibility of every organisations to ensure they adequately protect themselves and their customers. What is Cyber Essentials? Cyber Essentials is a cybersecurity...
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Hackers infecting WordPress sites via defunct “Rich Reviews” plug-in

If you’re a WordPress admin using a plug-in called Rich Reviews, you’ll want to uninstall it. Now. The now-defunct plug-in has a major vulnerability that allows malvertisers to infect sites running WordPress and redirect visitors to other sites. Rich Reviews was a WordPress plugin that lets sites manage reviews internally in WordPress, and also displays Google reviews for a business...
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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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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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Private tweets sent using Twitter’s Android app could have been exposed publicly for years

Twitter said it had discovered a security flaw which meant "protected" tweets became public when some changes were made to accounts. Anyone who updated the email address linked to their account between November 2014 and January 2019 could have had messages exposed, it said. Twitter said it had started to let affected users know about the bug. It added that it had turned the protections back on...
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Drupal 7.62 – Security update released on 16th January 2019

The Drupal development team have released a maintenance and security release of the Drupal 7 series. This release fixes security vulnerabilities. Customers using Drupal 7 are urged to upgrade immediately after reading the notes below and the security announcement: Drupal Core - Third-party libraries - SA-CORE-2019-001 Drupal Core - Remote code execution - SA-CORE-2019-002 No other fixes are...
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