Install promptly to protect from the WordPress setup hack

Hackers are always finding new ways to attack that we need to protect against. I call this new attack the ‘WordPress setup Hack’ and it exploits the time it takes to install WordPress. This new attack uses the easy setup wizard against us by connecting your WordPress setup to the hacker controlled database. It then … Continue reading “Install promptly to protect from the WordPress setup hack”

The brute force attack scare

There is a story spreading on the internet of a brute force attack hitting WordPress sites and trying to break into your site. A brute force password attack happens when a program tries to guess your password by simply trying lots of different possibilities – and making educated guesses. This is even more important at … Continue reading “The brute force attack scare”

WordPress release 3.5.1 is out

A security and maintenance update for WordPress was released last night and addresses a number of bugs and a small set of security patches. One of the security patches fixes a problem that has been in all previous versions of WordPress so it is particularly important you apply this as soon as possible. If you … Continue reading “WordPress release 3.5.1 is out”

Solving the WordPress internal path error

During your regular website maintenance you might come across the ‘WordPress Internal Path Error’. Don’t panic, it’s not a critical issue – but don’t ignore it either. In my series on doing your own regular maintenance and health checks I mention that it is a good idea to use a service like to get … Continue reading “Solving the WordPress internal path error”

New summary of website health provided by Google

Google Webmaster Tools now provide a helpful summary of the website health for all of the websites on your Webmaster Tools account. This is very helpful as it saves you having to drill down into every website individually – which can take a while if you are managing a number of sites and can even … Continue reading “New summary of website health provided by Google”

How to give access to Google Analytics data

You may want to give other people access to your Google Analytics data for a number of reasons. To share with a consultant, to let others in your company run reports, to have a Geek like me set up reports for you etc. If you give them your password to access your Google account then … Continue reading “How to give access to Google Analytics data”

Now we get spam on Skype too

Spam, and people trying to do the wrong thing are everywhere! I was at a client’s this week when she received an incoming Skype call from “Urgent Update”. It was a recorded message starting to tell her that there was a security problem… We hung up! They call it ‘vishing’ (or voice phishing). Skype will … Continue reading “Now we get spam on Skype too”