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TimThumb security risk and solution – find out if this affects you!

By Pieter Hartsook / September 8, 2011 / 0 Comments
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There is a great post on the background of this problem by Mark Maunder that I recommend you read to understand the severity of the issue: Technical details and scripts of the WordPress TimThumb.php hack But even better, Mark has written a WordPress plugin that you can install. It will find any vulnerable copies of timthumb.php and allow you to update them to a secure version. The plugin is called Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner and is available […]

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WordPress BackWPup backup plugin is broken fixed

By Pieter Hartsook / July 28, 2011 / 2 Comments
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The best free backup plugin, the one I’ve been using on my site and recommend and install for my clients is BackWPup.  It backs up your database and your files too. And it can automatically create and send the backups to Dropbox, Amazon S3, and other cloud-based storage spaces. The problem is that in the upgrade to WordPress 3.2 and the corresponding upgrade to the plugin (2.0), the plugin has broken! The developer is working on […]

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I have 56 plugins and just upgraded to WordPress 3.1

By Pieter Hartsook / February 23, 2011 / 1 Comment
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I use the Hartsook Letter blog as a testbed for WordPress themes, tools, plugins, and extensions. I need to see how these work and ferret out potential interactions among the various extensions before I recommend them for a client’s site. So when WordPress 3.1 was released today I hit the auto-update button to see what would happen (of course I had backed up my database and files first). This is NOT something I would recommend […]

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Referrer spam, what is it, should you worry about it, and what can you do about it?

By Pieter Hartsook / December 6, 2010 / 0 Comments
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I first became aware of the Referrer Spam problem after installing and using the WordPress plugin Stat Surfer. One of Stat Surfer’s statistics categories is Top Referrers. I noticed on a business-client’s site they were getting referral traffic from porn sites and other unlikely sites. Looking into why this was happening surfaced what apparently is a widespread abuse by spammers that tie up YOUR site resources and help boost search engine rankings for the spam […]

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Don't use this Scribd plugin for iPaper docs — use Embedly instead

By Pieter Hartsook / November 18, 2010 / 0 Comments
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I wanted to display a slide show that was hosted on (see Mary Meeker’s slides on theBrilliant analysis of current internet marketing trends post). There is a lot of good content on Scribd that you may want to share with your audience, and it should be one of your choices in addition to SlideShare and Google Docs for storing your content in the cloud. I noticed one of the options for embedding the Scribd slide […]

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StatSurfer – WordPress Statistics plugin

By Pieter Hartsook / November 11, 2010 / 1 Comment
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StatSurfer dashboard widget doesn’t use Google Analytics. StatSurfer is the evolution of StatPress and StatPress Reloaded, the plugin is therefore consistent with the data of the two StatPress systems. I like the aggregate display graph and the alternative view of the site traffic that doesn’t run through Google. The plugin allows you to surf easily and quickly in the statistics of your website. Collect information about visitors, spider, search engines, browser, operating systems and more. […]

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