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Category Archives: Security


Cloudflare data leak Cloudbleed and what it means to you

Cloudflare data leak Cloudbleed and what it means to you

Your website is most likely not affected We learned of the Cloudflare data leak (dubbed “Cloudbleed”) late last night, and have dug into the issue – long story short, I think it’s a non-issue for almost all sites at this point. Only every 1 in 3 million requests were affected, across a few thousand sites that run through Cloudflare, with network data being output on a few dozen sites that were indexed and cached by search engines. “With the help of Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others, we…

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Website Maintenance Plans Now Available For Any Website

Website Maintenance Plans Now Available For Any Website

We’ve been offering our superb website maintenance services to our web design and development customers for about 6 months now, and now we’d like to offer it to you as well. We can handle any website, WordPress or not, and the service includes a set number of content edits per month, with security monitoring, backups, and for WordPress sites, any needed core or plugin updates included, with a minimum of 3 months of service to get started, billed monthly. We can easily add it to…

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w3 total cache security issues

W3 Total Cache v0.9.5 Requires PHP v5.3+ and White-Screen Fix Options

We manage a ton of client sites at Press Wizards, and we’re seeing some serious issues W3 Total Cache’s latest update, v 0.9.5, recently released mainly because of a Cross-Site-Scripting exploit. They clearly didn’t do a ton of testing first, as it’s breaking thousands of websites, and I wanted to summarize the issues and how to fix them. Requires PHPv5.3+ Be aware that v0.9.5 currently now REQUIRES PHP v5.3 or greater. It will cause a white screen if your site is still using PHP v5.2 (or…

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Boost website performance, eliminate server load, using Cloudflare’s Page Rules

Boost website performance, eliminate server load, using Cloudflare’s Page Rules

Many website owners use the amazing and free Cloudflare CDN (content delivery network), which caches static files (images, javascript, CSS) in all 28 data centers around the world, while also providing a layer of security and traffic scanning/blocking. The result is faster load times for your web site, and lessened possibility of a hacked or attacked website. Most website owners also enable server-side caching, with WordPress sites usually using W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, Hyper Cache, or other popular plugins. These plugins lessen the server load…

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Proactive update for Contact Form DB WordPress plugin to fix whitescreen issue

Proactive update for Contact Form DB WordPress plugin to fix whitescreen issue

We noticed today that quite a few websites were coming up with white screens all of the sudden, due to an issue with the Contact Form DB WordPress plugin. It seems there was a version released that had a fatal error in it, and was installed if automatic updates for plugins was enabled by a plugin like Advanced Automatic Updates. We’ve updated the plugin files to the latest fixed version for any customer that had the plugin installed on their site(s). These types of issues…

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Web Wizards is not affected by #Heartbleed SSL Encryption Bug

Web Wizards is not affected by #Heartbleed SSL Encryption Bug

I’m pleased to announce that Web Wizards and all our customer web sites are not affected by the Heartbleed SSL encryption bug, we never ran the affected version of the OpenSSL library that included the data leak bug. For more details on Heartbleed and what it is, read this article: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-in-openssl-opens-two-thirds-of-the-web-to-eavesdropping/ For a quick summary of how the Heartbleed bug works, view this xkcd comic: http://xkcd.com/1354/