Security Issues

A lot of my clients opt to use the excellent Sucuri Web Application Firewall (WAF) with their Small Business, Business or Premium Plans. Just yesterday I had a new client request we set up a call to talk about the security options before turning on the firewall on his account. I think that’s an excellent idea […]

This week’s WordPress and web marketing links. Love them or hate them, sliders just aren’t going away. If you’re looking for a slider plugin for WordPress, here’s a fairly new plugin worth checking out: Smart Slider 3. There’s a free version as well as a commercial version with Premium features. For more info, here’s an in-depth […]

This week’s WordPress and web marketing links. This is always a timely topic: how to fix 10 common WordPress errors and problems, including the dreaded White Screen of Death. The first thing is to make sure you always have a fresh site and database backup stored somewhere other than your hosting account… Page speed really does matter […]

Sucuri just released a security advisory about the popular WordPress plugin Jetpack, now in use on over 1 million sites. The security problem is only with the Shortcode Embeds module, so if this isn’t actively running on your site you’re not at risk for this issue (but you should update anyway!). Here’s information from Jetpack […]

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Today, web security services company Sucuri released its Website Hacked report for the first quarter of 2016. There’s some really interested and important info in here for WordPress site owners and managers – you can get the report yourself here, but I’ll summarize some of the key findings below. Over a third of the websites […]

A few weeks ago, website security company Sucuri announced the availability of free SSL certificates to all customers using their firewall product. The SSL certificates are provided by Let’s Encrypt, a free open certificate authority run for the public benefit with the goal of reducing barriers to secure Internet communications. This means that for Sucuri […]

Not paying attention to your website can become a costly mistake very quickly. Recently I had a client come to me for help for a site I’d built for them in 2014. The client’s customers were being warned off the site by their browsers when trying to pay for a product. Turns out the site had […]

Last week a critical security problem was found in the popular Akismet anti-spam plugin that comes installed by default with WordPress. If you haven’t updated already, please do it today! Version 3.1.5 was released on Thursday. More info on the problem here…

A security problem was found on March 18th in the popular plugin Google Analytics by Yoast.  This plugin has been downloaded nearly 7 million times according to statistics at the Yoast website. There were no reports of hacks using the security loophole, and Yoast responded quickly and got a fixed update ready for release  on […]

WordPress SEO by Yoast

The very-popular WordPress SEO by Yoast – which I really like and use in almost all my client sites, and my own – was found to have a security vulnerability today that makes it more open to hackers. This plugin is used by over 14 million WordPress sites, so this is a big deal. The […]