Tag Archive for: security

Plugins I use to secure my WordPress install

12 Jan

A couple of my posts have reached thousands of users. Lately, my iPhone 5 to Nexus 4 switch got republished by GIZMODO, picked up by ReadWriteWeb and CNET News.

With increased popularity comes increased risk.

Sucuri SiteCheck - Free Website Malware Scannerrottmann.net, formerly 24100.net, runs on the most current version of WordPress. However, it’s not a fresh install. Instead, I started the site quite a few years ago, so the current version is one of many updates I’ve applied over those years.

Recently, some of my audience over on Google+ pointed out, that their AVG ThreatLab based anti virus tool flagged rottmann.net as potentially infected with a backdoor virus. Interestingly, though Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic page did not indicate any issues (and still does not), they were right. My in-depth checks with Sucuri’s SiteCheck indicated quite a couple of JavaScript and PHP files, that had been altered.

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That's why I love the iPhone OS

13 Feb

Google’s Android powered phones have been foreseen to being many things. iPhone competitors for example. Well, only time will show.

Yesterday I ran across a ReadWriteWeb article titled “Android Vulnerability So Dangerous, Owners Warned Not to Use Phone’s Web Browser: Updated”. In pretty good depth it discusses a new vulnerability. Here is one central quote:

Over the weekend at the Schmoocon hacker conference in Washington D.C., security researcher Charlie Miller presented a new vulnerability in Google’s mobile OS Android which allows hackers to remotely take control of the phone’s web browser and related processes. If a phone became compromised, the hackers could gain access to the saved credentials stored in the browser and browser history. They could also snoop on your web transactions, even if encrypted.

(emphasizes by me)

Uups, that’s a bad one. Security companies are already announcing anti-malware suites for Android.

Yes, I am biased. Yes, I’m an Apple addict. Apple’s closed-shop policies might not be the best, but you know what, I rather like to go with an Apple controlled mobile phone software market than having to install Symantec’s AntiVirus on my mobile phone. :-)

You might want to check out the full story yourself.

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