July 28, 2016 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | WordPress

The VersionPress Version Control System For WordPress Is Now Available To Everyone

The VersionPress Version Control System For WordPress Is Now Available To Everyone

If you’re a developer, you understand the benefits of version control systems like Git. You understand why a version control system that works with WordPress — including the WordPress database — is such a big deal. So, if you’re a developer, I’m just going to point you in the direction of the VersionPress site with the news that the plugin has left its paid Early Access program and is now available for free. Read More →

July 26, 2016 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Webmasters

Creating Evergreen Content For Your Blog

Creating Evergreen Content For Your Blog

One of the most important reasons content marketing has become so popular over the last few years is that it gives brands an owned resource with the potential to drive traffic over the long-term. More traditional marketing techniques — search advertising, for example — may provide a burst of traffic, but that traffic only lasts as long as the campaign. Every click costs money and when you stop paying, the visitors stop coming. Read More →

July 21, 2016 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Security

Opera’s New VPN Doesn’t Quite Deserve To Be Called A VPN

Opera’s New VPN Doesn’t Quite Deserve To Be Called A VPN

The Opera web browser recently gained an interesting new security feature. Users can activate what Opera refers to as a VPN. A VPN — virtual private network — encrypts all data flowing between a machine (or in this case, the browser app) and the VPN end-point, when it is sent back out into the wilds of the web. Virtual private networks are a critical technology for secure, anonymous online communication. Read More →

July 19, 2016 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Security

How We Help Protect Your Servers Against Brute-Force Attacks

How We Help Protect Your Servers Against Brute-Force Attacks

Last year, Linux servers were the victims of an attack that resulted in many being made part of a DDoS botnet. The vector for this attack wasn’t complex: the attacker simply tried lots of different SSH passwords until they hit on the right one. Brute-force attacks are the bane of server administrators. Any internet-facing server, service, or application is likely to experience malicious attempts to log in via CMS login pages, SSH services, and any other route an attacker can find. Attacks of this nature are not just annoying: they waste server resources better used for legitimate activities. Read More →

July 14, 2016 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Security

Why Don’t Browsers And Programming Languages Check If An SSL Certificate Has Been Revoked?

Why Don’t Browsers And Programming Languages Check If An SSL Certificate Has Been Revoked?

In a recent article on the Sucuri blog, the authors examined which programming languages properly validated SSL certificates. They discovered that none of the languages they tested did a thorough job. Most implemented some certificate validation processes, like checking certificate expiration, but none of them check to see if a certificate has been revoked — declared invalid before its usual expiry date. Read More →