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Revolution Slider Vulnerability


Sep 10, 2014 0 Comments

If you use Revolution Slider, please see this message:   Using the WordPress Slider Revolution Plugin? Update your software immediately. View this email in your browser We’re emailing you to alert you to a serious vulnerability in the WordPressSlider Revolution premium plugin. The developer behind the popular plugin patched the vulnerability silently, meaning that, if you are runningWordPress Slider Revolution, you have probably not yet heard that you must update as soon as possible. This is a very serious vulnerability known as a Local File Inclusion (LFI) attack. It allows a user to retrieve data from files on your server. An example of such an attack would be pulling your WordPress wp-config.php file and using the credentials in that file to exploit your database and gain access to your website. If you use this plugin, please update immediately. If you’d like to learn more about the vulnerability, you can read about Read more...

Keeping things up to date


Jul 1, 2014 0 Comments

It is so very important that you keep things on your site up to date. That means, themes, plugins, security measures…whatever you have in your system, keep it up to date. Every day new hacks and viruses are being made to target out of date products. Take this one for instance… If you don’t know how to keep things on your site up to date and want to find a great service to take care of it for you, I will suggest New Blog Hosting. David is an excellent host and his customer service is bar none!This is just one in a hundred that I see on a daily basis. We can’t always stop the hackers…as any of you know who were hacked by the Heartbleed hack recently. But if we each keep our sites up to date, then we have a greater chance of keeping hackers out.

New Design


Jun 20, 2014 0 Comments

It’s a new era for Design Junky. Well, a new site design anyway! 🙂 It was time for a change and I am happy with the results. This year has brought more clients and more coding fun for me. I am ready for a great new year!

Enforcing Strong Passwords


Aug 15, 2013 0 Comments

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, it is EXTREMELY important to create strong passwords for every site you log into, especially your website. Here’s a great quote on why from Wordfence: The issue is that many users have the bad habit of using the same password across multiple websites and that’s why the hacker grabbed your password file and is throwing significant resources at brute-forcing it: So that they can gain access to the real treasure-trove of Gmail accounts, LinkedIn, Facebook, Hotmail, Quicken, Paypal, eBay and all the other valuable accounts out there that let them steal real money from real people who are members of your website. If a hacker gets into your site and gains access to your passwords, they most likely just gained access to your bank, your email, etc, etc. It’s a scary thought it happens all the time. I encourage you to Read more...

WordPress Security


Jul 11, 2013 0 Comments

You may have noticed there seem to be more attacks lately on WordPress sites. You may think that it has something to do with WordPress itself and want nothing to do with WordPress, but the truth of the matter is that it’s just like having a Mac vs. a PC. PC users are more likely to get hit with viruses because there are more users who can be affected than Mac users, making them a better target for hackers. WordPress can be a great “system” on which to build your blog/site so long as you are educated on the proper ways to protect your site. I ran across this post today from Church Mag that I think is worth taking a hard look at. Education is the key. Did you that strong passwords, difficult usernames and keeping your computer clean and free of viruses are three of the best ways Read more...

Russian/Syrian Hack


Jun 20, 2013 4 Comments

Today, many sites worldwide got hit by a Russian/Syrian hack. This hack seems to have changed user names and passwords on sites that I dealt with but may have done other damage as well to others. It’s an ugly thing that happens sometimes. As a result we are beefing up security yet again, resetting passwords to make them more difficult, and trying our best to fix any issues we can find. Please do the same for your sites. Make sure that you have a Fort Knox type password that’s difficult to get and security on your site such as Wordfence Security and Google Authenticator. These things help ward against attacks, but as I found today, are not fool proof. Hacks happen, to the best of us, and we have to keep working to find better solutions daily. As I find them on my end, I will share them with you; Read more...

Wordfence Security Email


Apr 24, 2013 0 Comments

I just received an email from Wordfence that I thought would be good to share with you. It contains information on WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. If you use either of these plugins, please pay close attention. Dear WordPress Publisher, If you would like to stop receiving WordPress security alerts and product updates from Wordfence, you can click here.  You subscribed to this list via the Wordfence security plugin for WordPress. A security hole that allows anyone to execute any command on your WordPress server has been discovered in the WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache plugins. WHAT TO DO: Upgrade to the newest version of both these plugins immediately  The security holes have been fixed by the developers. The impact of these security holes can’t be overstated. They allow anyone to bypass all security and gain complete access to your WordPress site. The exploit was posted by a user on the WordPress forums. The plugin authors Read more...

Time to change your password


Apr 22, 2013 0 Comments

This morning there was a hacker(s) trying to login into many different websites by trying to guess at the passwords associated with the accounts. As such, it triggered some servers to “shut down” the sites for a bit early this morning. It appears that everyone is up and running just fine at this point, as you can see because you’re reading this site. If you are on my hosting site, New Blog Hosting, I can tell you that our host has our sites back up and running and is actively checking to ensure that everything is secure. To give you an idea of what happened this morning, my hosting site’s firewall stopped 6 million password attempts in a 5 minute period. One of my personal sites, this site, Design Junky, was hit 1 million times with no successful attempts to crack my password. This is unfortunately not new in the Internet world. This is something that Read more...

New Etsy Shop!


Apr 9, 2013 0 Comments

I’ve been trying for years to find the perfect To Do List or notes, etc. to no avail. So, this last year, I started making my own. Mine tend to be very simple as I am the only one needing them, but after some thought, I realized that I could jazz them up a bit and sell them like everyone else is. After all, I figured if I had been looking all this time and hadn’t found something I like yet, someone else has to be looking as well. So, head on over and check out my new Etsy shop! I will be posting more things to it soon.

Portfolio Links


Apr 5, 2013 0 Comments

For some reason all of my portfolio links were not working. If you tried to check out each site and went no where, I sincerely apologize. It has now been fixed and will no longer be an issue. Thanks for stopping by!