Noooo! A blogger went 14 years without backing up… and now it’s gone

One of the first pillars of website security… no the first pillar of website security: make frequent backups.  Make backups early and often.  Make backups because annoying things can happen to your server.  Make backups because bad things can happen to your accounts.  Make backups because catastrophic things can happen to your entire 14 years of literary and…

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One missed checkbox can lead to 47,000 spam users!

Someone got more than 47,000 spam user signups!

Did you know that if forget to click one checkbox during setup and anybody can create a visitor’s account on a WordPress website.  Anyone or ,unfortunately, any spambot.  Or, even more unfortunately, all of them! Most people, even beginners, figure out they should click that checkbox.  And theoretically it’s no big deal.  By default new accounts are…

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Why we keep your backups on another server…

Image of smoking network cable

The phone call from a former client that made us take long-term maintenance seriously: “Do you have a backup of my website?  I accidentally deleted my site from my server!”  It’s not that easy to delete your whole site, but from time to time people do.  Not as catastrophically as the owner of a web…

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Can you be too personal with “Personal Security Questions?”

Nihilistic Password Security Questions image from the awesome "This isn't Happiness" blog

Short answer?  “Personal security questions” aren’t secure.  Irony, right?  Don’t use personal information to answer those”Personal Security” questions.   Mother’s “maiden” name? Hospital where you were born? First school you attended? Best friend in high school? Hmm. Let’s say someone was, oh, say, an identity thief. And let’s say they happened to have access to any of the 5,000+ lists…

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