beware of email scams

email_scamJust got my fake AGL electricity email bill for $643.69. First thing I noticed is the “To avoid a late payment fee of $83, please pay by the due date.”
$83 late fee!!! That was the first clue that it was fake. The I looked at the from email address… info@e-yudana.net … this ain’t real… damn scammers 🙁
ALWAYS carefully check your email bills and trust nothing online.

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Silicon Cowboys is worth watching

Silicon Cowboys promo picI’m a nerd and a history buff and absolutely love a good documentary film.   Although Silicon Cowboys doesn’t rate highly, it is well worth watching if you enjoy boning up on computer history.  It’s the story of Compaq.

I’m not gonna spoil the fun by giving a review.  It’s enough to say that if you liked the following movies and docos, you should check out Silicon Cowboys.  I enjoyed it 🙂

Please leave a comment if you know of any more stuff like these 🙂

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Global WordPress Attack! What you can do to prevent your website getting hacked.

Brute force attacks on WordPress websites continues!

Details here http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/13/brute-force-attacks-on-wordpress-continue-as-cloudflare-fends-off-60m-requests-in-1-hour/

Harden up your website NOW so you don’t get infected.

Here’s some advice…wordpress hacked

There is a lot you can do to harden your WordPress website’s security and reduce server load in general such as having a good .htaccess file and robots.txt

Specific to this attack I recommend you create a new administrator account with a strong username and very strong password then delete the default admin user account.

If your sites have been disabled by your hosting provider, best thing you can do firstly is sign up for a free account with CloudFlare https://www.cloudflare.com and follow the wizard. You can add multiple sites for free. You will have to change your DNS nameservers to the CloudFlare server names. This will make your websites more secure from such attaches and make them much faster!

Once you have done this, submit or update your ticket in your host’s control panel telling them what you have done and ask then nicely to re-enable your websites. They will re-enable your sites for 48 hours and then review your CPU usage – hopefully your problems will be solved. To ensure they are, read on…

Then, you can login to the WordPress backend and harden your user accounts (strong passwords) and add some security plugins such as “limit login attempts”. Also make sure that all everything is updated.

You should also look at “hardening up” your .htaccess and robots.txt – ask me if you need any help with that :)

Hey, no guarantees here, but this is what works for me.   I think it’s a good start.

An example of a reasonable robots.txt for your WordPress should look something like the following (please correct the paths to suit your installation)…

User-agent: *
Crawl-delay: 10
Allow: /wordpress/wp-content/uploads/
Disallow: /tmp/
Disallow: /webalizer/
Disallow: /awstats/
Disallow: /cp/
Disallow: /images/
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-login.php
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-login.php?*
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-register.php
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-register.php?*
Disallow: /wordpress/xmlrpc.php
Disallow: /template.html
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-admin/
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-includes/
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-content/plugins
Disallow: /wordpress/wp-content/themes
Disallow: /page/
Sitemap: http://way_to_file.sitemap.xml
Sitemap: http://way_to_file.sitemap.xml.gz

…Now, having a robots.txt is a good idea and all good bots will read it and follow the rules, however not all bots are good. There is nothing to prevent bad bots from ignoring your robots.txt file and doing whatever they like.

Every man and his dog are gonna have an opinion on why I’m right or wrong and have their own solutions. Well, do your own research, don’t believe what I say.  Feel free to provide constructive advice in the comments.

‘Harden up’ your CMS now or clean up later ;-)

Cheers,
John

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The Tech Room’s websites bring in more bucks

The Tech Room’s websites bring in more bucks

It takes experience and a certain know-how to establish and configure a website that targets your potential clients specifically and geographically above, beyond and including what I call the “blanket” SEO methods which most experts employ.

Search Engine Optimisation SEO

Blanket SEO is a good start for most online startup businesses who have yet to find or are still defining their market.  But if you’ve been around for a while and you know your clients, we can target them and those like them, explicitly.

The Tech Room has developed our own SEO methods tailored specifically for small and local businesses. Our custom SEO perfectly suits small to medium business that previously thought that they had no need for a website.  If you think your business is too small or too localised for a decent interactive website, think again.  Contact me now for a free, obligation free, consultation on what website system will work for you – act now and increase your reach to clients!  We believe that a website is not just another expense, it should actively drive business to you, not passively sit waiting to be found.

What makes us stand out over our competition is that we can create the whole website from concept to deployment much cheaper and faster by using custom open source functions and plug-ins that are proven to be reliable as compared to most IT companies who employ overseas contractors to do custom coding and charge you a fortune while using unethically cheap labour.  We can compete because we use quality open source code where ever possible and we simply love what we do.  We’re  passionate about what we do, so we natuarally go the extra mile to make it just right – often better, than specified.  All our clients attest to our reliable ongoing support.

With SEO provided by The Tech Room and only a couple of hours per month, your site will generate income by driving more clients to the physical store front and capture the (increasing) few percent who shop online by clever use of local “online only” promotions, email newsletters, and super specials.  Managed correctly, these ‘online only’ extra special offers encourage localised word of mouth, email & social networking to spread the word and drive clients to your door.  From there on, it is up to your quality of service and products to perform well to encourage repeat sales. Our websites can be maintained by anyone with just a few hours of training also provided by The Tech Room.

For a limited time, we are offering free FaceBook page plugins that automtically link your website to Facebook. So, this means you get a free Facebook like panel on your website and automatic posting of you articles to your facebook page. Twitter and other social websites can be added by request.

Check out www.terryorrealsmeats.net.au for a great example of how WordPress can be used as a very effective CMS for a local business.  Also check out www.myflowerlady.com.au for another business that has had a huge impact on sales since going online.

🙂
John

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