Secure Your WordPress or Joomla! Website With SSL If you have a WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal or other CMS based website that offers any kind of login (Even if it's only for yourself), you should have an SSL certificate. If you don't have one, every time you login your credentials are being transmitted in plain text (IE the text you're reading now) and could be intercepted by anybody listening on the line. Wha???? If you install any CMS that has an 'admin' interface you need to login to, this feature is insecure by default. When you type your password in and you see ••••••••• you are seeing a masking feature that keeps people over your shoulder from reading your password, but that's as much security as you're getting. While you think you're credentials are secure, they are most definitely not. If you are offering services to clients that include building a CMS website, you should be educating them on SSL...
Congratulations. You Don't Own Your Domain There is a disturbing trend in the world of web design. Companies are hiring designers to do everything for them, from registering the domain to securing hosting. That's all well and good until you have a falling out and realize that they registered everything to THEMSELVES.So what does this mean for you? It means that unless you can get them to turn over all the login details so you can update the information to your own... you're screwed (Or in a very tight spot).Unless it was specifically stated in a contract that they are doing these registrations on your behalf and they have no claim to either, then for all intents and purposes they are the owner and you're in for a legal battle to prove otherwise.No it doesn't matter that your corporate name is being used in the domain. Registering a domain is first come, first served. If somebody beat...
Open Letter to Massage Heights: Security Matters
Massage Heights has finally removed the links from their site, one day away from 3 weeks after I originally reported it. Poor response time, but they fixed it. Hey there Massage Heights. You already know who I am, I'm the guy who's been calling you out for over a week about your lacklustre security practices.Over a week ago now I let you know your website had been hacked, there's a group of links on your page that link to Russian language shoe sites. I included screenshots and everything. Imagine my shock when you responded that your 'team' had taken a look and there are no problems, especially when I go to check it out and the links are still there (And are still there today, 8 days later!).While it's not apparent to everybody, especially if they have a small monitor, the links are there. I provided screenshots AND told you what...

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Let's Talk About Sex It doesn't matter where you go these days, everywhere you turn sex is staring you in the face. You can't turn the pages of a magazine or a newspaper, change the channel on your TV or surf the web without being exposed to a flood of sexually charged material. There is no question that sexuality has led the charge in advertising for a long time, and has been pushing the bounds of decency for years. I recently posted the above ad, for Aston Martin Used Cars, on Twitter as an effective piece of marketing. While fake, the ad went viral for exactly that reason, it grabbed the target market and slapped them in the face. A couple people however, found the ad to be distasteful and degrading to women. While I agree wholeheartedly, that doesn't make the ad any less effective for the target market. So what does that say about us...

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Stop Hiding Windows 7 File Extensions! People who know me know I am an Apple guy through and through. Despite my initial hatred for their products, I was a switcher long before they started using stoner girls to pitch their wares. One thing that has always upset be about Windows, even before I left the dark side, was how they seemed to like adding 'features' that caused more problems than anything else. If you work in web design or graphics, there is an option that is turned on by default that you should really turn off before doing any work, showing file extensions. By default, Windows has file extensions (Example. .html or .jpg) turned off, showing only the file name without the extension. For many, this provides them with a much cleaner feel to the Windows explorer, but for many others it provides nothing but hassle. If learning graphics or web for the first time, it is...
       
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