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by Tony Perez

October 16, 2012

At this point it's unclear of the severity, as has not released anything public, but I would say the odds are not in their favor.

The Hacker News (THN) put out an article this morning titled: 15000 WordPress Blogs Hacked For making Money From Survey. Naturally my first reaction was, meh, it's likely a fluke of some kind, but as I read it I became more suspicious. It all started with this email...

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by Tomoko A. Hosaka

October 12, 2011

Sony said Wednesday intruders staged a massive attempt to access user accounts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services in the second major attack on its flagship gaming site this year.

The Tokyo-based company temporarily locked about 93,000 accounts whose IDs and passwords were successfully ascertained by the blitz. Sony sent email notifications and password reset procedures to affected customers on the PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment services. Credit card numbers linked to the compromised accounts are not at risk, Sony said. It has "taken steps to mitigate the activity" and is investigating any wrongful use of the accounts themselves.

by Tom Gara

July 31, 2013

Let's run through a little thought experiment. Imagine there's a list somewhere that contains every single webpage you have visited in the last five years.

It also has everything you have ever searched for, every address you looked up on Google Maps, every email you sent, every chat message, every YouTube video you watched. Each entry is time-stamped, so it's clear exactly, down to the minute, when all of this was done. Now imagine that list is all searchable. And imagine it's on a clean, easy-to-use website. With all that imagined, can you think of a way a hacker, with access to this, could use it against you? And once you've imagined all that, go over to, and see it all become reality.


by Tom Ewer

November 8, 2012

When it comes to my online activity, security is something I have always been fairly conscious of. But in my opinion, making sure that your WordPress site is secure is not something that you can ever do too much of.

That fact was recently driven home to me when Limit Login Attempts started reporting multiple login attempts from more than one IP address. I also discovered that someone had attempted to login to my Facebook account. With those recent events still fresh in my mind, I thought I'd take the opportunity to focus on some security threats concerning your WordPress site that you may not even be aware of. Whilst there are plenty of basic steps you can take to improve the security of your site (such as changing the default "admin" username and setting strong passwords), you may want to check these ones out too.

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by Tom Ewer

October 26, 2012

If you're a plugin developer, you may benefit from these coding standards resources!

If you are a regular WPMU reader you may have read my rant on plugin usability back in May. Whist I am no developer, I think it is safe to say that the kind of inconsistencies we see with in certain plugins' user interfaces often walk hand in hand with poor coding standards. Not only that, but poor coding standards can lead to a raft of even greater issues such as resource intensive processes, incompatibilities, and security vulnerabilities.

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by Tom Ewer

September 28, 2012

Is the time right for a major overhaul of WordPress' content saving functionality?

Cloud computing has taken over my life. I use Dropbox and Google Drive to store and share documents. I use Evernote to keep track of everything from my shopping list to my plan for world domination (it's a secret). iTunes is all but redundant to me now - Spotify is now my music app of choice. And then there's WordPress - a form of cloud computing in its own right. Content production is just so damned easy - you log in, fire up a new post, and you're off to the races. Any content you produce in WordPress becomes available to you (and anyone else) across any device. And best of all, with WordPress' "Save as Draft", autosave, and revision history features, your content is totally safe and secure. ...or is it?

by Tom Ewer

September 28, 2012

Theoretically speaking, themes dictate a WordPress website's design and presentation, and plugins dictate its functionality.

But this theory often does not translate into reality - themes often include plugin-style functionality, and to a lesser extent, plugins incorporate design factors. That is to be expected. Given WordPress' open source status, there are bound to be lines crossed by adventurous developers. And whilst we should encourage innovation within the WordPress community, one must always return to how the end user benefits.

by Tom Ewer

September 18, 2012

I have been known to moan that the WordPress core doesn't feature certain functionality by default, but for the most part, the WordPress development team are right not to overload it with anything other than the absolute essentials.

Of course, one could argue that there are plenty of features within the WordPress core that aren't essential, but that is an argument for another day. My point is this - with the occasional exception, the WordPress core's beauty is in its simplicity. With literally tens of thousands of free plugins to choose from, we are given the freedom to decide what we need for our unique corner of the web. Rather than having functionality forced upon us, we are given the freedom to choose what works for us. However, this choice can be a slight disadvantage if you are not too familiar with WordPress. After all, you have to know about a plugin in order to use it. With that in mind, I decided to put together a list of what I consider to be the essential elements of functionality that completely free plugins can bring to your WordPress site. Think of this as your plugin "cheat sheet", to refer to whenever you create a new WordPress blog.

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by Tom Ewer

July 11, 2012

Is open source development slowly being eroded by misguided plugin designers?

As some of you may know, I spend a lot of time looking at plugins. In fact, I cast my eye over every single new plugin release on, and test any that I feel may of worth. So I end up testing a lot of plugins. The ones that I like get featured here at WPMU. You never read about the countless plugins I test that don't make the grade. Unless of course I need to vent about something (which I do today), in which case, plugins that I don't recommend get free publicity.

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by Tom Ewer

January 12, 2012

As the vast majority of you are no doubt aware, WordPress is an open source development platform. In practical terms, this means one thing - you can have a hand in maintaining the world's most popular content management system.

Sounds pretty cool, right? However, there is a flip side to this - WordPress lives and dies by the efforts of volunteers. The vast majority of WordPress users will never contribute towards ongoing development. Whilst that is fine - you are certainly under no obligation to do so - if you feel you can help, there is a welcome place for you. Which brings me to the WordPress Trac...


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