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Patch for Core WordPress XSS Flaw for Versions 4.5 and Below to Be Released

Yesterday on Twitter, Dr.-Ing. Mario Heiderich of security firm Cure53 announced an unauthenticated cross-site scripting flaw in WordPress version 4.5, the current version as of the announcement, and below.

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Cross-site scripting, or XSS, flaws are vulnerabilities in a website’s code where malicious actors can execute, or trick visitors or administrators to execute, malicious code in a visitor’s browser.

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Google blacklist

Google Should Not Be Your Alarm System: Preventing Blacklisted Websites

According to a recent report from Google, nearly all website owners rely solely on Google’s Safe Browsing program to alert them when their site has been hacked. The report concludes that only 6% of webmasters discovered an infection via proactive monitoring for suspicious activity. That’s alarming. 

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Turkey Data Breach

A Data Breach in Turkey Exposes over Half of its Citizens

It is hard to image that over half of a country’s population could fall victim to a data breach, but the reality is, no one is exempt from cyberattacks.

The country of Turkey was hit with a massive data breach in early April 2016, exposing 50 million of its citizens. With 80 million people living in Turkey, the leak impacts more than half the country’s population. The leaked data included the names, addresses, birth dates, and national identification numbers of the victims. The cybercriminal has not yet been identified, but it appears the hacker was motivated by political issues and used the data breach as a way to declare his dissatisfaction with certain political figures.

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WordCamp Jacksonville 2016 – Fun In The Sun

We can’t believe that our first @WordCampJax is over already! The weekend was filled with new faces, educational talks and some great networking. We were very excited to be present, as this year was Jacksonville’s first! The Camp organizers did an incredible job putting together a fun-filled weekend; one we will not soon forget!

The first ever WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006 and was organized by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg. WordCamps have since grown to include six continents, 48 countries, 66 cities and counting. Each individual WordCamp is planned by volunteers and brings its own local flavor. Jacksonville was no exception, with our hotel located near the popular Jacksonville Landing, and our after-party event at the eccentric Kickbacks, the Jacksonville team made sure we had a true local experience.

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WooConf 2016 – We Were Wooed

We kicked off our second quarter of 2016 with a trip to weird and wonderful Austin, Texas for the second annual #WooConf! WooConf is an event focused on online storeowners and developers that use the eCommerce solution WooCommerce. If you’re in eCommerce and you don’t know what WooCommerce is, you should! Used by more than 37 percent of all online stores on the Internet (according to BuiltWith.com), WooCommerce is the number one eCommerce platform in the world by volume. This year’s conference brought more than 30 top-tier presenters from the space to share their expertise and experience.

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WordPress security

The Potential Dangers Of WordPress Multisite

Many individual and small company forays on the web are through WordPress on shared hosting accounts, and it’s not uncommon for a shared hosting account to hold multiple WordPress sites as needs and business grow. Site owners maintain each and every WordPress install, managing content, configuration, users and updates. At least they should. Maintaining multiple sites in a single shared hosting account is time-consuming and, as we’ll see, risky as each site on the account is a point of access that has to be secured.

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WordPress Multisite Security

Many individual and small company forays on the web are through WordPress on shared hosting accounts, and it’s not uncommon for a shared hosting account to hold multiple WordPress sites as needs and business grow. Site owners maintain each and every WordPress install, managing content, configuration, users and updates. At least they should. Maintaining multiple sites in a single shared hosting account is time-consuming and, as we’ll see, risky as each site on the account is a point of access that has to be secured.

In this post, we’ll discuss how conglomerating multiple WordPress sites in a single account may not save time and money, it may in fact lead to the compromise of every site on the account. We’ll also discuss how to host securely, keeping all your sites from falling due to a single plugin vulnerability.

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The 2016 Presidential Candidates and Cybersecurity. Where Do They Stand?

The news has been inundated lately with discussions around cybersecurity. With the Apple vs. FBI case, Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan and constant cyber threats from foreign countries, you’d expect cybersecurity to be a hot topic among the Presidential candidates. However, so far this has not been the case.

Cybersecurity is a complex topic. Some candidates may not feel equipped to discuss the topic, while others may not have a definitive stance on the issue. Regardless of the reason, cybersecurity is a national security issue and the next president will be tasked with addressing it. According to CBS News, fifty-five percent of Information Security professionals believe cybersecurity should be an essential issue in the 2016 election. We decided to do some research and see where the Presidential candidates stand on cybersecurity issues and policies.

Let’s Take a Closer Look…

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Cybercriminal

What Do the Pentagon and Facebook Have in Common? Website Security.

If you own or manage a website you’re probably focused on improving the look and feel of the site, its traffic, speed, and functionality. Is website security a priority for you? For many website owners, it isn’t…until their website gets hacked.

The consequences of a website hack can be detrimental to your company, including a hit to your brand’s reputation and bottom line. Large companies are well aware of this, which is why many have “Bug Bounty Programs” to reward website users for finding and reporting bugs, like exploits and vulnerabilities that live on their websites. There have been two popular bug bounty cases in the news lately with organizations you’re probably familiar with, the United States Pentagon and Facebook.

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WordPress Winning Over Big Brands

WordPress was long regarded as a blogging platform, but in the last few years it has made a name for itself as the development platform for many large-scale websites. Industry titans, such as CNN, eBay, UPS and Dow Jones, all run their websites on the WordPress platform and they are not alone. According to VTLDesign, 75 million websites are now supported by WordPress and make up 55 percent of the top one million most visited sites in the world. Many companies, artists and brands are making the switch to WordPress as their website development platform.

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