Working as a freelance writer usually gives you more freedom than being an employee, but your level of personal responsibility greatly increases. For instance, when you’re an employee, your company will typically consult with the IT department to implement a cybersecurity plan and you would follow company policies and directives. [Read more…]
One distinct advantage of being a freelance writer, blogger or web developer is being able to bring your work along with you, on trips or just nearby for a change of scenery. And with free and public WiFi available in many places, you don’t have to pay for internet connection.
Public internet has had some improvement, in terms of speed and availability. And you don’t have to spend for it. Great, right? Well, actually…not really. Unless you’ve been a hermit in the Himalayas, you’ll know the dangers of using the public WiFi’s that are in airports, coffeeshops, hotels, public libraries, and city WiFis. [Read more…]
Last week, I shared a meme on Facebook that was a big hit – understandably so. In case you missed it, here is the image again.
It’s funny, sure. But I say it’s all fun and games until your Facebook account gets hacked for real. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Cassie Phillips, a freelance writer and technology blogger with a passion for internet security. She enjoys sharing tech news and tips for online safety and data privacy with fellow freelance writers. Check out other articles by following Cassie on Twitter.
To start off, I’d like to express my gratitude to FWJ for allowing me to publish my article on their page. I’ve found their website to be an excellent resource for freelance writers and I would recommend you take a look at “5 Questions Freelance Writers Should Ask Prospective Clients,” as the information mentioned is both useful and important for every freelancer to know. [Read more…]
You might be wondering why on earth we’re writing about WordPress on FWJ, but if you run your own blog and you use the platform, then you have to be aware of the WordPress global attack that has been the talk of that scene in recent days. We’re not all techie, and you may even rely on other people to deal with the technical aspects of your site. If you do some tech tinkering yourself, though, it’s best to be aware of events such as this ongoing WordPress global attack. I don’t want to go too much into the details, but HostGator revealed some information about the issue earlier this month.
What is this WordPress global attack all about?
Here’s a brief and simple description of the issue.
The short and simple explanation of what is happening is that one or more illegal botnets (a network of hundreds, thousands, or millions of compromised computers that are being exploited to perform attacks, send spam, etc) are being used to brute-force attack WordPress sites. The goal of a brute force attack is to try as many username and password combinations as possible in order to find valid login credentials. It’s as if someone was trying to guess the combination on a combination lock, but rather than being limited to a single guess every few seconds, they could make hundreds or thousands of guesses a second while never getting tired. (Source)
Why should you be worried?
Obviously, you should only be concerned if you use WordPress. If this is the case, and you get hacked, then a number of things can happen. Your site can be shut down. Your site can be used to send spam, commit fraud, and all sorts of other illegal (or distasteful at best) activities. Illegal activities aside, having no access to your content can totally throw you off balance, especially if you use your blog or web site as a portfolio.
What should you do?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, my grandmother used to say, so the simplest thing you can do is change your password and use a very strong one. Use a password generator if you have to. Additionally, if you use “admin” as username, remove that immediately and change it. According to security experts, this is the most common username that is guessed, granting the hackers access to countless WordPress sites.
If you want to go the extra mile, take a look at services that can detect and repel such attacks.
What if it’s too late?
If you’ve been victimized by the issue, then you might think it’s too late. It’s not the end of the world, though. There are also services which can help you recover your site in case it gets hacked. HackedRecovery is one such service, and it also gives you support to bolster your site’s security.
Has anyone been at the receiving end of these attacks?
[Image via Hardware Zone]