WordPress 4.7 vulnerabilities – update now to avoid hack

I was recently alerted by a client about a hack that was a result of running WordPress version 4.7.  This particular instance was a pretty harmless hack, which was identified as a defacement (MW:DEFACED:01) “generally done for fun, political reasons and by script kiddies.” A blog post was edited with the text “Hacked by Imam” […]

Choosing a Secure Password

Modern “brute-force password crackers” can crack a password of 8 or less characters in less than 4 hours, but 12 or more characters takes years to crack. So length over complexity is far better for creating secure passwords. Even simple phrases like “MyDogRunsFast” is surprisingly more secure than “Er@42!.” When thinking of a secure password, […]

Making a Simple Math Captcha using both jQuery and PHP

I wanted to write a simple Captcha that I could easily integrate into my own scripts that would work with or without Javascript. My first approach was to find open-source that I could pretty much just copy and paste into my code with little modification. All the cookie-cutter Captcha scripts I found were so bloated […]