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Best WordPress security plugins of 2021

Best WordPress security plugins We don’t like to think about it, but as soon as you publish a website, it becomes vulnerable to attack, and the more successful you become, the greater the attempts to hack in. Being one of the most popular website builder and web hosting solutions out there, WordPress is definitely not invulnerable to this. In fact, a recent analysis revealed that 70% of WordPress installations could be vulnerable to hacker attacks. Now before you start panicking and running for the hills, take a look at the five security plugins we’ve unearthed to help you tighten up… More Info

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WordPress 5.7 Features Updated Admin Colors

WordPress announced a WordPress 5.7 milestone in updating the admin color palette. The new palette produces higher contrast and is easier to read. It represents a step forward in making the WordPress admin backend more accessible. WordPress 5.7 The newest version of WordPress (version 5.7) is scheduled to be released on March 9, 2021. One of the goals for version 5.7 of WordPress was to update the admin color palette. The color palette are the official colors available for anything that is in the WordPress admin area. There has not been an update of the color scheme, currently consisting of… More Info

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NOTICE!— T-U BLOGS ENDING! — MINE CONTINUES ON WORDPRESS

  The Times-Union is closing all blogs to new posts on Feb 5. (I was told some (not mine) violated the rules and staff resources could no longer be devoted to dealing with fallout.) THIS BLOG — THE RATIONAL OPTIMIST — WILL CONTINUE  at its other (and original) site:  www.rationaloptimist.wordpress.com There you can get notice of new posts. Just scroll down on the right and click on the “email subscription” box. I wish to thank all my readers, and especially commenters. Even those I’ve disagreed with, who provide a window of… More Info

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WordPress Pop-Up Builder Plugin Flaw Plagues 200K Sites – Threatpost

The flaw could have let attackers send out custom newsletters and delete newsletter subscribers from 200,000 affected websites. Developers of a plugin, used by WordPress websites for building pop-up ads for newsletter subscriptions, have issued a patch for a serious flaw. The vulnerability could be exploited by attackers to send out newsletters with custom content, or to delete or import newsletter subscribers. The plugin in question is Popup Builder – Responsive WordPress Pop up… More Info

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Cyber Security Today – Top WordPress exploits, watch for cryptomining malware, update your browsers and patch Apple devices

Top WordPress exploits, watch for cryptomining malware, update your browsers and patch Apple devices. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday January 29th. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com. To hear the podcast click on the arrow below: WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world. It’s the system behind blogs by individuals, large news organizations and some e-commerce stores. That makes it a target for cybercrooks. This week Wordfence, a provider of security protection for WordPress, issued a report… More Info

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WP Lookout Lets WordPress Users Track and Receive Notifications for Their Preferred Plugins and Themes – WordPress Tavern

Should WordPress notify users of plugin ownership changes? That was the question that Ian Atkins asked two months ago. WP Tavern readers seemed to think it was a good idea, at least those who commented on our coverage of it. However, the original Trac ticket has not seen any movement since. There are real technical issues with automating the process. A change of ownership does not necessarily equate to a change of the plugin author. This is often the case when someone acquires a company and maintains the brand. Tracking such changes does not necessarily need to go through… More Info

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Pirated themes and plugins are the most widespread threat to WordPress sites

Image: ZDNet, WordPress Pirated (aka nulled) themes and plugins were the most common source of malware infections on WordPress sites in 2020, according to Wordfence, a provider of website application firewall (WAF) solutions for WordPress sites. The security firm said its malware scanner detected more than 70 million malicious files on more than 1.2 million WordPress sites in 2020. “Overall, the Wordfence scanner found malware originating from a… More Info

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NOTICE!! — T-U BLOGS ENDING! — MINE CONTINUES ON WORDPRESS

  The Times-Union is closing all blogs to new posts on Feb 5. (I was told some (not mine) violated the rules and staff resources could no longer be devoted to dealing with fallout.) THIS BLOG — THE RATIONAL OPTIMIST — WILL CONTINUE  at its other (and original) site:  www.rationaloptimist.wordpress.com There you can get notice of new posts. Just scroll down on the right and click on the “email subscription” box. I wish to thank all my readers, and especially commenters. Even those I’ve disagreed with, who provide a window of… More Info

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Automattic Launches the Blank Canvas WordPress Theme for Building Single-Page Websites – WordPress Tavern

Split Screen pattern from Blank Canvas. On Monday, Automattic announced its Blank Canvas theme on WordPress.com. The goal is to allow end-users to build single-page websites, such as an “about me” or product landing page. Blank Canvas is a child theme of Seedlet, which Automattic’s Theme Team has been using as a launchpad. One example is its recently-released Spearhead child theme. It also provided the foundational work for the recent Twenty Twenty-One default WordPress theme. One-page themes are nothing new. Theme builders have been releasing them for years in various… More Info

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Plugins Must Not Change WordPress’ Default Automatic Update Settings – WordPress Tavern

WordPress’ plugin team has publsihed a statement regarding plugins making changes to users’ update services: Unless your plugin has the purpose of managing updates, you must not change the defaults of WordPress’ update settings. You may offer a feature to auto-update, but it has to honor the core settings. This means if someone has set their site to “Never update any of my plugins or themes” you are not to change those for them unless they opt-in and request it. The statement was prompted by plugins overstepping this boundary, which, up until recently, has… More Info

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