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BASHAPOCALYPSE

BASHAPOCALYPSE
This is so new, it’s barely made the headlines. Rather than rehash in a new article, I am going to link to the wired.com and bbc articles regarding this brand new threat – Shellshock – that is purported to be a 10 of 10 on the danger Richter scale for computers worldwide.  While the last major issue was ...

PCI Compliance for 2014 1

PCI Compliance for 2014
The payment card industry updated to new requirements in 2014 making compliance more involved – but the  changes fine tune your category. Though it may complicate things for some people, particularly those  who have been in the SAQ A category, it is a positive step in keeping us all safe from credit card fraud. In May, ...

Heartbleed

Heartbleed
Throwing together a last minute post under any circumstances is difficult – for me anyway. I agonize over details.  However, this is important and I wanted to get this out there in some  form – quick and dirty. Amended: These sites have helpfully documented the servers that have been patched that needed it, those that ...

Powerless over vanity…

Powerless over vanity...
No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity. Edith Wharton My favorite quote from Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth notwithstanding, vanity in all its forms, is often a great equalizer. Even the humblest of us has it for something – looks, talent, success, ...

Thank you, Google-Free-Listing Scammers… 2

Thank you, Google-Free-Listing Scammers...
This is what you hear: “Our records show that you have not updated your free Google listing….” This is what they are really saying: “Even though I’m not affiliated with Google at all, I will continue to call this number over and over and over again until someone falls for my scam, I drive you ...

This is the Windows Technical Support calling… 1

This is the Windows Technical Support calling...
As a general rule, there is something immensely enjoyable about scamming a scammer.  Or at least playing along. And, much like a soft drink before the sugar substitutes took over the world, the act of scolding said scammer is delightful and refreshing, especially when you get to spend those precious moments with the Windows Technical ...

Massive Attack… Great Band Name…

Massive Attack... Great Band Name...
…oh wait, it already is. <sarcasm>As hysterically funny as that is</sarcasm>, I’m referring to the massive WordPress attack which is not hysterically funny. When I warn clients to not use “admin” as a user name and “password” as their password, I’m sometimes looked at with big eyes and a  cocked head.  “Why would anyone want to hack ...

Interested in an eCommerce Business? 16

Interested in an eCommerce Business?
Whether it’s a service or a product – advertising and selling on the internet can substantially increase your revenue. But the advantages of a full service shopping cart should be measured by ease of use for the customer and the administrative back end.  FOR THE CUSTOMER Your customers should not need a map, a compass, and a supply ...

PCI compliant yet? Here, have an aspirin… 4

PCI compliant yet? Here, have an aspirin...
By the time you’ve learned what PCI compliance means – nevermind learning what’s actually required for your business to become PCI Compliant – you’ve learned more than a human brain is currently capable of holding. If you’ve studied on it some (mm hm,) then I feel your pain. If you accept credit cards as a payment ...