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WordPress URL doing_wp_cron Removal

Why does ?doing_wp_cron=*** show in my WordPress URL? There are a number of plugins and themes that append this to your URL. I believe it is typically used to perform a background process (like scheduled posts).  Wordpress redirects to the URL with ?doing_wp_cron appended. One such plugin, BackupBuddy, uses this to schedule tasks as a part of the backup procedure. I don’t pretend to completely understand why it appends when visitors hit the site but it has something to do …

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Using Sender Policy Framework (SPF)

Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is an email validation system designed to prevent email spam by detecting email spoofing, a common vulnerability, by verifying sender IP addresses. SPF allows administrators to specify which hosts are allowed to send mail from a given domain by creating a specific SPF record (or TXT record) in the Domain Name System (DNS). Mail exchangers use the DNS to check that mail from a given domain is being sent by a host sanctioned by that domain’s …

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Weak Passwords on Email Accounts

Having strong passwords on email addresses is vital to the security of your hosting account. I have been receiving customer support requests from both clients on my server and on other service provider server i.e. Godaddy, Bluehost et al.  The email addresses on their accounts are being compromised due to weak passwords.  As a result we have been working to clean these accounts up and ensure this is no longer a problem.  One of the steps we are taking is …

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WordPress Security Monitoring

We recently share information about hackers.  If you didn’t catch it take a look here >>> What Is A Hacker & Why They Hack As an ongoing security measure we are improving our web server and the way we monitor in real-time.  Nearly all our websites have been migrated into our WordPress network and are actively monitored using the latest security tools available from our security partner, Sucuri.  Below are listed the new features we’ve setup and enabled to protect our …

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What Is A Hacker & Why They Hack

There are several definitions for “Hacker” however the type of hacker I am talking about here is out to do no good. In simple terms a hacker hacks a website so as a hobby or for fun to prove they can and deface a web page. However, more specifically many hackers are out to break in to a website and steal data. What kind of data? You hear about it in the news all the times these days. Everything from …

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Web Hosting Talk – Shared vs Dedciated IP

Often clients turn to me for managing the web services required to host a website and email.  Providing the best solution for their business is always my goal.  Emajen uses both Shared and Dedicated IP addresses for web and email.  I hope to outline the differences between the two and share a little about the hosting services we offer. An IP address is similar to a physical address. Your “technical email identity” is defined by the IP address you are …

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Server Migration

I have some exciting news.  As an ongoing task to keep up with our growing server’s we are upgrading all our clients to a new server. Here’s what you can expect: Over the next 30 days your website may experience minimal downtime.  We will refund you for any down-time. We are batching the process however each account will not be moved at the same time.  We have 5 servers currently so we’ll move them one by one. If your domain …

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2011 Security Update

As we get larger and our servers grow, our public IP addresses which serve your domain and website become more visible to the likes of pesky hackers. Updating all our software, plugins, extensions, and cleaning the infected files on each server with an upgrade to daily, active scanning of all properties is our response to the problem.

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