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XML-RPC Exploit Slowing Thousands of WordPress Websites

An outdated WordPress remote protocol could be slowing down or exposing your website to hackers.

Recently I’ve received a few inquiries regarding slow running WordPress websites. Many things can cause a laggy website and, as a result, they are typically tough to quickly diagnose. The common culprits are bad web hosts, unoptimized images/files on websites, or too many scripts running due to “plugin happy” web designers. The usual suspects didn’t seem to be causing any of the speed issues (at lease no to the degree these sites were experiencing).Continue Reading..

FBI Warns ISIS Sympathizers targeting WordPress Websites

On Tuesday, April 7th, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a Public Service Announcement regarding recent attacks on WordPress websites by hackers sympathetic to  the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). The individuals carrying out these attacks have targeted websites of all types.Continue Reading..

New Google Mobile Site Algorithm. Will it affect your website?

Google is pushing their next big update to their Search Algorithm on April 21st. The new Google Mobile Site Algorithm is predicted to affect search results for millions of websites. Will your site be one?

Google’s algorithm updates are known for causing waves in Search Engine Results Page (SERP). When Panda was released in February 2011, it affected 12% of all English search queries. This was followed up by Penguin in April, 2012 and impacted roughly 4% of search results globally. Zineb Ait Bahajji, a member of Google’s Webmaster Trends team, has stated that this next update will have more of an impact than Panda or Penguin.Continue Reading..

Recent Update for WordPress SEO by Yoast Fixes Vulnerability

For anyone running a website, Search Engine Optimization, is a constant priority. For this very reason, many WordPress site owners rely on WordPress SEO by Yoast to help with basic SEO concerns. It currently boasts over a million users and for good reason: It’s incredibly simple to setup and good at what it does.

Ryan Dewhurst, the developer of WPScan, was the first to identify a new security vulnerability for the popular plugin. This new vulnerability has the potential to allow full access to any website running a less than current version of WordPress SEO by Yoast (1.7.4).Continue Reading..

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