New WordPress Security Options

I have developed some expertise around the area of WordPress security.  One of my clients has a WordPress site under development, and recently the web designer changed the name of the login URL from https://clientsite.com/wp-admin to https://clientsite.com/A9u3ycGH37.  Basically, the wp-admin page name had been replaced with random characters.  I found out when I tried to log in using the usual URL.  I wondered ...

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Stupid Politicians – Australia Edition

Thank God this hasn’t happened here in the United States (yet).  It is not for lack of trying by US law enforcement agencies, though.  What am I talking about?  Australia recently passed the controversial and totally STUPID anti-encryption law called Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Act of 2018 (TOLA).

TOLA is supposed to ...

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How to Pick a VPN

If you are looking to protect yourself and your computer communications by using a VPN, the hardest part often is knowing where to start.  There are dozens of companies providing VPN services for a fee.  How can you know which one is best for you?

There are a number of features to consider when shopping for a VPN service.  Some of the features to ...

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Global Cyber Threats to the United States

In our last post we singled out North Korea as a key source of cyber-war action against the United States and other countries.  But they are not the only countries that the US is actively engaged with in cyber-space.  On January 29, 2019, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, released a report to the Senate, titled Worldwide Threat Assessment of ...

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North Korean Botnet Attacked by FBI

The North Korean Cyberwar Operations group is known variously as Lazarus Group, Guardians of Peace, or Hidden Cobra. A few of their notable achievements include the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures inspired by the satirical Seth Rogan film “The Interview, ” the $81 million cyber bank heist  against Bangladesh’s central bank, and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

In June 2017, US-CERT sent a   Continue Reading →

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Cyber Attacks Against Businesses – Frequency and Methodology

Cyber attacks against businesses, regardless of size, are increasing in the number of attacks, the types of attacks, and the costs of the attacks.  Company losses include theft of cash assets, employee identity information, stolen files and proprietary information, network downtime, loss of sales, and reputation costs.  For a small privately held business, a serious breach can put them out of business.

For large ...

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Unhappy Valentines Day – Romance Fraud

This Valentine’s Day, be careful of who you let into your heart.  Unfortunately for every love-lorn single there is a fake Romeo or dating site scammer waiting to separate them from their money.  According to the FBI, the amount of money losses to victims of romance fraud makes it the second most lucrative cyber crime, generating $211 million for the perpetrators. Only business email ...

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