Holy Botnet, Batman! How do I change my admin username?

You may have heard about the massive security threat toward Joomla and WordPress sites. (If not WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???) There are lots of posts around the web on the subject, but not a lot of answers to “well, how do I change my username from admin?” This post answers that question. Answer 1: You don’t… Continue reading Holy Botnet, Batman! How do I change my admin username?

Going Google-less

So, I’m still bothered by the Google thing.  I’m bothered by how reliant I am on Google’s products the same way I was bothered by how reliant I was on Microsoft’s products.  It happened so subtly that there was never a conscious decision to use Google products and services exclusively.  It wasn’t something where there… Continue reading Going Google-less

iTunes Security: Worse than you thought?

On December 1, 2008, I woke up to find a series of disturbing emails in my inbox.  They were a pair of PayPal receipts and the corresponding iTunes store receipts for 2 purchases of $200 gift cards sent to anonymous Hotmail and Yahoo email addresses.  The problem was, I didn’t make the purchases. The transactions… (read more)

web site security

i was listening to the replay of the teleconference hosted by WPSecurityLock (with special guests from GoDaddy) in light of the recent wave of website hacks that affected hundreds of sites not once, but twice.  it was actually when they were talking to a customer (one who had been hit twice) that a concern was… Continue reading web site security

Keeping your website safe

class=”aligncenter” Once upon a time, a long time ago, you could buy a new computer and not have to worry about what type of virus scan software you needed to load onto it.  Firewalls were things only extreme geeks and intrepid hackers knew anything about.  Adware, spyware and malware weren’t even words.  Those days are… Continue reading Keeping your website safe

GoDaddy-hosted sites at risk — WordPress, Joomla!, Pligg, ZenCart, others…

Recently, there was a malicious attack on GoDaddy-hosted sites. It’s tough to track down the exact date of the original attack — I was first able to find a mention of it on Slashdot from 4/26, and I found a topic in the WordPress support forums that supported that approximate time. However, I also found… Continue reading GoDaddy-hosted sites at risk — WordPress, Joomla!, Pligg, ZenCart, others…

Scam Alert: “Testers needed to test the Apple iPad” – testitandkeepit.com

i got an email last night sent from a client we did a website for about a year ago inviting me to become a tester for an Apple iPad.  actually, i got two emails — one sent to each of my main addresses.  The subject line of the email was “Testers needed to test the Apple… Continue reading Scam Alert: “Testers needed to test the Apple iPad” – testitandkeepit.com

wifi encryption lifehack

random thought: if i had a wifi router but disabled dhcp, theoretically you could almost disable any kind of encryption or wireless security with the theory that most people wouldn’t be smart enough to know how to hard-code their ip address to connect to your unsecure network to connect to the internet.