Archive for ‘Technology’

February 2, 2009

More security help for WordPress

by thoughtfulconservative

Via Blogging Pro comes 10 Steps To Protect The Admin Area In WordPress | Developer’s Toolbox. These apply more to those who are running WordPress through their own domain than those who are hosting on WordPress.com, if I have that right.

The administration area of a Web application is a favorite target of hackers and thus particularly well protected. The same goes for WordPress: when creating a blog, the system creates an administrative user with a perfectly secure password and blocks public access to the settings area with a log-in page. This is the cornerstone of its protection. Let’s dig deeper!

This article focuses on defending the administration area of WordPress, meaning all those pages in the wp-admin folder (or http://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin/) that are displayed after a user a verified. We highlighted the phrase “after a user is verified” deliberately: it should be explicitly understood that only a simple query stands in the way of an evil hacker and the powerful admin area of your whole blog. The latter is only as strong as the passwords that are generated.

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February 2, 2009

More Google troubles?

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: Here are some tips to backup the various data on Google.

Mark Gousch shares a short essay at Weblog Tools Collection about his experience with Orkut, a social media-like app from Google.

I trust Google. I use GMail as my primary email address and store stuff in my mailbox that is of crucial importance to my existence as a citizen of this modern world. Over the past couple of months, Google’s Orkut has dealt a deadly blow to that trust that is making me rethink my allegiance towards anything Google.

It womewhat mirrored my experience with Google support. The comments are worth reading.

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January 28, 2009

Hackers ahead!

by thoughtfulconservative

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Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead

Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, “Zombies Ahead.”

Hackers Get Details of 4.5 Million Monster.com Members

The personal details of millions of job seekers have been stolen in the largest data theft in Britain, The Times has learned.

Hackers gained access to confidential details provided by 4.5 million people to Monster.co.uk, the online recruitment site.

What the Web knows about you

She had me at hello … or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security number and a digital image of my signature on the Web.

From a magazine I receive (Don’t ask me why I get it, I just do), 10 Security Predictions For 2009. Number two states the bad economy will cause an increase in security crimes and number three names social networks as a prime target.

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January 14, 2009

In-car computing

by thoughtfulconservative

They don’t want us using cell phones while driving, but they’re going to give us this?

In March, Ford will release a fully functional, dashboard computer — complete with keyboard — geared to contractors and other business folks who want to access the Web, review documents and log inventory while on the go. In the spring, AT&T will launch an in-car entertainment service with 22 satellite TV channels.

Soon we won’t need houses.

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December 30, 2008

Digital transition – one more thing

by thoughtfulconservative

Your wireless mics frequency may need to change,

This was something that I wasn’t aware of until this week. If anyone uses wireless mics for your group or church, you may need to adjust your frequencies after the DTV transition is complete. I’ll be honest and say that I know very little about sound equipment, so maybe some of you tech-heads can clue me in with further details about how the new DTV channels will affect wireless signals.

More at the link, including a statement from Shure.

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December 13, 2008

‘The Mother of all Demos,’ 40 years later

by thoughtfulconservative

From the TechRepublic Photo Gallery

comes a slide show of a presentation by Douglas Engelbart forty years ago that would change computing forever.

It’s possible, some have said, that there never had been, nor never would be, another presentation that unveiled as many new paradigm-shifting technologies. They included the world’s first publicly seen mouse, as well as the introduction of hyperlinks and navigable windows. The presentation, which is visible in its entirety, drew a standing ovation.

Here’s a picture of the mouse:

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More at the link.