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Here I’m giving my two cents about current affairs around computers and the internet and all things related. Feel free to show you thoughts about the Subjects.

I just read today the latest issue of Pc Praxis, a german computer magazine. They started a series about WordPress the current issue covers how to install WordPress. The next issue of the series will cover the best tips and Plugins for WordPress, the last issue will then cover the theme how to earn money with Blogging.
For sure it’s nice to see that WordPress gets so much attention within the german speaking area, as WordPress is really nice and it’s popularity and mass of available Plugins can’t be simply kept secret. But it seems that the same mistake the developers of WordPress make or made, this magazine is doing as well.
They’re not covering the area of how to secure your Blog. The only tip you get about how to improve your security is to drop the default admin account and add another Administrator-account who holds the same rights, which is harder to Enumerate, but not impossible to.
Together with BlogSecurity.net I’m trying to get an additional issue which covers the security issue more deep than it’s currently done and planned.

This Post is as well published on BlogSecurity.net

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Tags: Magazine, PC Praxis, Security, Wordpress

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We all know that’s really difficult to stay upto date with your applications and to be honest if the application doesn’t check for new updates itself and notice you about newer versions not many people take the time to check their applications if they’re up to date.
And for sure it’s no easy job to take care of all applications you’re using, the more popular ones and more often used ones are checked from time to time, or when some error occur. But what about some not so often used apps you catched ages ago and you can’t remember where you got them from? For each app you have to search and see if there’s a newer version, and if so you have to update it to the latest version…that’s no pleasure.

But there’s now a light on the end of the tunnel:Personal Software Inspector(PSI) by Secunia(Secunia is the leading Security firm currently) will cover this gap. It’s aim is to provide you with all informations needed to check your applications if they’re up to date and if needed to update them fast and easily.

How it works

After you installed the application, it does a system scan to find all known applications(currently it detects 4,2k different apps, more to come). After the Scan is done you see a list with all out of date applications which where detected, as well as all applications which are no longer supported. You can also view all secure applications, if you like to.
For all out of date apps you get a direct link to an update package, for some you get as well a Secunia Advisory-page link, where you can read something about the vulnerability which is closed in the never version.
All you need to do is to click the link next to your outdated software and an update will be installed, and whoosh you run the latest version, without many work of yours! Isn’t that great?

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Tags: Personal Software Inspector, Secunia, Security

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The Team around BlogSecurity plans to launch something like an award or recognition system for blogs, themes and/or plugins which are secure. In my eyes this seems to be a real good idea. As if this would be widely spread out you can go out and look for plugins or themes which are secure, and prefer them for unproofen and even unsecure one. Who of us wants his blog cracked into? It would take so much work to gain access again and redo everything(Depending on what the attacker did).

In the current step they’re collecting at first opinions and as well as ideas you have directed to it. I would let my components approve, to grant you that these are secure and you can use them without any strange feeling within your stomach, As these Plugins don’t only interact with wordpress as well they do it with phpbb and Joomla, it seems even more important to show security.

As of the current level of this thought, nothing big is done currently. So there’s currently nothing about if it will cost something and how it will be done available, but if the wordpress community shows real desire for such a service it will come as well as we will see soon deeper informations on this theme. So watch this blog!

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Tags: Award, Plugin, Security, Theme, Wordpress

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…Because you’re not using the Browser XYZ with the PhSoftware theme for it…
This kind of message could become really popular, at least if I and other people use Microsoft as Standard.
Companies who want to sell a complete PC together with an ready Install of Windows Vista, and the Premium Logo for Windows, needs to use the Hardware Start-Button(The Windows-Logo-Button), that’s nothing new the Button became a standard one, but it’s new that it’s into detail defined how it have to look. Therefor Microsoft released a 20page big Worddoc, which contains all specifications which are needed to take care of, in order to receive the Logo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yeah I want to talk about some of the most annoying ‘features’ of our so beautiful Internet. And I hope that it’s not just a standard comment like you can find on every site. I want to write a few things which aren’t that discussed normally. If I’m wrong, you could suppose this blogentry also as spam entry :) . Read the rest of this entry »

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Today I want to discuss a theme which can hit any one, I’m talking about Malware. And I want to talk about the ones which just do harm you, and the person who created this malware hasn’t anything from it. What does the programmer has from Malware? Read the rest of this entry »

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The latest idea to make money is to create so called Rainbow tables and sell the access to them. These tables store Hashvalues and their plaintext, these tables hold all different strings which are between 0-7 signs long and which are possible with the standard keyboard signs. So someone who wants to getaccess to a password saved area, needs now only to get the hashvalue of the password he wants and can get with the help of these tables easily the plain password.
Before this ‘service’ it was needed to bruteforce the wanted password, or to find a string which has the same hash-value a so called collission. Read the rest of this entry »

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With this post I start a new Section where I want to talk about recent News around computers, internet and all related to it.

My First theme is Windows One Care(WOC).
The first contact I did have with WOC, was a few weeks ago when the decided to name their security suite as said already. Now a few days I did read about it again where I did read what this suite will cost you. They want around 50€ a year for it. My first thought was: ‘damn now they start to hand out their bugfixes only to people who pay for it…or at least they get them earlier!’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Ok the latest tip/code snippet of mine is online. Like the last one it’s also about the daily work with Joomla. While I tried to do some minor changes to some of the site entries I encountered that CSS and everything around is difficult to handle, and especially if you want that all looks in the same way for different browsers. Here it’s needed that all browser producer work together and make something like an SDK so all around CSS is displayed in the same way. I mean this would be a great thing for webdesigner like you and me. We would get a lot less work to do!
Cya

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