Image of smoking network cable

The phone call from a former client that made us take long-term maintenance seriously: “Do you have a backup of my website?  I accidentally deleted my site from my server!”  It’s not that easy to delete your whole site, but from time to time people do.  Not as catastrophically as the owner of a web…

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Nihilistic Password Security Questions image from the awesome "This isn't Happiness" blog

Short answer?  “Personal security questions” aren’t secure.  Irony, right?  Don’t use personal information to answer those”Personal Security” questions.   Mother’s “maiden” name? Hospital where you were born? First school you attended? Best friend in high school? Hmm. Let’s say someone was, oh, say, an identity thief. And let’s say they happened to have access to any of the 5,000+ lists…

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I love getting good automatic messages

I’ve been getting dozens and dozens of automated emails this morning from sites all around the internet and… it’s making me really happy! The message?  Simple.  From the dozens of sites I’ve built and maintain their software’s up to date enough to do their own security updates automatically.  And let me know that… Your site…

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Cool post from VOX.com on the runaway most-popular passwords… and therefore the ones hackers try first. [twocol_one] 123456 password 12345 12345678 qwerty 1234567890 1234 baseball dragon football 1234567 monkey letmein [/twocol_one][twocol_one_last] abc123 111111 mustang access shadow master michael superman 696969 123123 batman trustno1 [/twocol_one_last] So about the title of this post: yeah, don’t choose any of…

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Statistics site Internet Live Stats reports there are currently 1,060,822,043 websites in the world!  Even if you read this only minutes after I post there will already be thousands more!  Just follow that link and watch the counter fly! ILS also reports, however, that It must be noted that around 75% of websites today are not active, but…

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Recent database server-failure messages.

Nobody wants to see messages like these when they visit their website.  Or their hosting company.  Or their website control panel. And the good news?  Usually you don’t! It’s even better news if you have regular, recent backups stored somewhere besides your hosting company’s servers. That way, if bad comes to worse and your hosting company has…

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