The rise of WordPress, now more secure with Security plug-ins?

Popular website development platform WordPress is now used in over 25% of all of the world’s websites! This is an amazing feat for an open-source platform that was only born on May 27th 2003, the blink of an eye in web technology circles! It has now surpassed other favoured development platforms such as Joomla and Drupal but why is this? WordPress was initially created due to the need, at the time, for an elegant and well-architectured personal publishing system enabling bloggers to publish their own, or others guest blog content, for their own readership. Freely available WordPress themes and plug-ins So, the rise of the blogger was thus partly responsible for the initial creation and Launch of WordPress as a stable blogging platform! It also helped that it was based upon open source PHP and MySQL technology, licenced under GPL (GNU General Public License) back in the day, as it still is today. This all meant that developers could get their hand on the core WordPress software for free, only needing to pay for specific add-ons (known as plug-ins) where none were available for free. What’s more, many developers also pooled resources to provide not only free plug-ins but alsoClick Me For More Details… […]

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FBI asks Apple for access to encrypted iPhone data

  Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, has recently stated that the FBI’s recent US court order to enable them to access the mobile phone of San Bernardino killer Syed Farook is “dangerous”, “chilling” and “unprecedented”. Apple’s lack of co-operation is hindering the FBI investigation, or so they say! Strong words indeed, but where will this potentially lead to regarding whether personal data is sacrosanct or not? Apart from anything else, can we then trust the authorities to not turn a ‘one-off’ access request into the new ‘status quo’ regarding access to all of our private information? Before we delve further into all this, it is worth noting that Apple themselves made the decision, in 2014, to remove its own ability to access data on its own encrypted devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. This was done mainly to avoid unfortunate positions such as this case. The FBI is not actually asking Apple to ‘break’ the encryption on this iPhone, which would be virtually impossible in any case due to the companies already stated objective. Basically Apple is saying that it could not gain access, even if it wanted to. But how does this really stand up to someClick Me For More Details… […]

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The Rise of Hacker-For-Hire Websites

The most hip and happening spot for shady characters online has got to be the new hacker for hire websites that have mushroomed all over the internet. Finally, hacking is no longer something which is reserved just for hacktivists, governments or intelligence agencies. Now even you can hire a freelance hacker to get into your company’s servers or you ex’s email account with a degree of deniability. But how do such websites work and what can they possibly be good for. You will find out all you need to know in the lines which follow. It is interesting to note that at a time when big name companies such as Sony Pictures and Home Depot are not safe from cyber criminals, there is a growing cottage industry of white hat hackers online. According to the New York Times, at any given time, there can be as many as 500 cyber espionage jobs up for grabs on such hacker for hire websites like Hacker’s List. Which range anywhere from checking your website’s security to scrubbing any indecent photos from your Facebook page. And guess what? It’s all perfectly legal, unless you want to gain access to a governmental institution, in which caseClick Me For More Details… […]

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