Category Archives: Security

Joomla! 3.8 – A Must-Do Update

I learned since Joomla 1.5 that updating is a must. Make a backup and install the update. You never know unless you try. Today I saw an article that gives a great reason for updating to 3.8….answer is security. For … Continue reading

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Godaddy Hosted Website Attacked – PHP Files In Directories

We have a static HTML site built in 2013 that we maintain. We got a notification from Godaddy that there were malicious files in the website. I started to remove them, but wanted to see what was in them. When … Continue reading

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Example of a Phishing Attempt Using An Email From Apple

If often get asked why someone would attack a website. It is often for financial gain. If the attacker can get a hold of your credentials then they can impersonate you on-line. Meaning if they get your bank credentials they … Continue reading

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joomla Forgot your username? page indexed

To get to a customer’s site I Googled it and discovered the User name and Password reset pages are being indexed by Google. They show up as some of the top results. I quickly came across the following article that … Continue reading

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IP blocked by M&T Bank / mtb.com – how to unblock

We recently installed a Barracuda firewall and accidentally left “Proxy” on.  This caused our IP to used as a spam relay which got our IP put on a blacklist.  A trace route from our server to mtb.com showed the packets … Continue reading

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The site ahead contains malware Security error – how to fix

Clients site got the following message when users got to the site. My journey started with the host which was wrong. It was all google this time. Here are the steps to get google to review your site and take … Continue reading

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Google Chrome redirect – http://www.google.com/ig/redirectdomain?brand=TSND&bmod=TSND

Had a customer call in because he was on the LA Times website and clicked on a link that caused his browser to pop-up a Microsoft warning. The warning said he was infected and  needed to pay. He hit control-alt-delete … Continue reading

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GMail Phishing Attack To Watch Out For.

Wordfence people published this article warning of an highly effective phishing attack on Gmail accounts. Wide Impact: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited I hope this helps someone else out there…  

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Remove wer5.exe With Adlice Rouge Killer

We have a customer that is having this “wer5.exe” pop-up. I never saw the pop-up; however, I was able to get the program removed using Adlice’s Rougekiller. I tried Vipre antivirus and it didn’t find anything on the machine. I … Continue reading

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Google Anayltics Spam – Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!

At first I thought I was going to get a bunch of photography business when I saw I got 149 visits in the past month to my photography website. I went to analyze the traffic and saw the following in … Continue reading

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