Study Shows Most Websites Were Not Secure

We ran an automatic software analysis of WordPress websites in an area that interests us.  The average result was 3 out of 8. Some scored 1 out of  8. Even with 7 out of 8 you are at risk to hackers.

Unfortunately hacking is one of the growth businesses in the world.

To be honest even if you deal with all 8 of these weaknesses there are still risks out there. The unsocial thing is you get the hackers to move to the next website! So make sure you have up to date website backups. Do back ups before you change anything on your website.

The key measures are:

  1. Do you have admin as a logon
  2. Have you updated to latest wordpress version
  3. Installation script accessible and in default location
  4. Readme file is accessible and in default location
  5. The wpconfig file is present in the default location
  6. Upgrade script still exists.
  7. Uploads directory still exists.
  8. Malware present

General advice is to ask your websmaster to assure you that all the above have been dealt with.

Passwords. Make sure they are complex. For a random password generator. http://www.random.org/passwords/ Good to use 15 length.

In todays world it is OK to write them down and keep them by your computer. The risk is via the internet.

It is also a good idea to update any plugins you have.

If you are unsure whether you have a problem or not email me the domain URL and your email.

I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today.

I love this honest quote from Andrew Mason the founder of Groupon who I have followed.
As an investor not surprising after further losses.

He was inspirational in spotting and setting up the opportunity. The Groupon model is a great way of getting new customers into a business. Though it is expensive, typically the offers are 50% off and then you have to pay their costs on top. So for many businesses this is a loss leader.

It works for businesses that have high fixed costs such as hotels which have major occupancy problems.

The other useful route is to get new customers used to yuor offering. Restaurants have used this a  lot. As a good restaurant can get 6 visits a year from customers who like the standard offering.

Back to Andrew Mason, it appears to be a case that he was creative and great in setting up the business, but did not have the experience to manage it at its maturity. Currently operating in 50 countries probebly too big for someone who had never run a business before.

So having had a year of poor results and the share value fall by 77% no surprise for …..

“In a note to employees he said: “After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention.”

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