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Scott Pruett

5 WordPress Weaknesses

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The folks at WPSec recently published a post titled “Are WordPress Websites Really That Vulnerable?” It’s a common misconception that WordPress is an insecure platform because there are regular reports of vulnerabilities that can cause a website to be hacked…

Not a controlled burn

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Last month, a datacenter in France owned by OVH went up in flames. It was a destructive burn and they lost a lot of servers. This isn’t common, but it happened and millions of businesses were affected by it. While…

What is injected spam?

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One of the things we scan for with our security checkups is injected spam. This is code that results from a hacker adding spam links or text to your site’s pages. The injected content is almost always unrelated to your…

How to avoid a site takeover

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In short, keep the software up-to-date. Every so often, a headline will get people all worked up about WordPress, decrying its security and declaring it to be awful. One of these headlines hit the internets last week… WordPress plugin exploit…

What metrics matter?

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We’re weird here at MountainWP. We don’t use social media. We don’t track page views or visitors. This decision came out of frustration at how much effort goes into metrics that don’t really matter. Thing is, our brains have been…

WordPress plugin versioning

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One of the crucial parts of WordPress maintenance is making sure the software on websites is up to date. This can seem counter-intuitive if you have a “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” mindset, but that’s dangerous on the…

Login (in)security: SMS 2FA?

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My wife gets annoyed at two-factor authentication (2FA). You know, that extra step of typing in a code after you type in your password? It’s a smart security feature and you should use it. Even if it’s annoying. That said,…

Cold emails shouldn’t be stupid

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I can’t tell you how many terrible cold emails I receive. Sorry salespeople, you may not schedule a meeting with me to sell me on something, especially if you know nothing about me. No, I’m not interested in your product…

Dang dead ends

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It’s not even the end of January and I’m already having to change two crucial parts of this business: our bank account and our CRM. They don’t change our ability to serve our customers well, but they do play a…

Ideas brewing for 2021

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As mentioned in my previous post, I have a few ideas brewing for MountainWP this year. I want to make this business a little less ordinary. There are a lot of internet businesses that have a blandness about them. This…