On 6th august, 25 years ago the world’s first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages.
Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life in the twenty-first century.
Berners-Lee wanted the World Wide Web to be a place where people could share information across the world through documents and links navigated with a simple search function.
Wow. I’ve been doing a podcast for more than 22 years. I didn’t realize I had started so soon after the web went online.
Most Joomla attacks are a result of plugin/components vulnerabilities, weak passwords, and obsolete software. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of every OpenSource CMS is that anyone can download the full source code; this makes it easy for an attacker to determine if your site is running Joomla!, and often he will know the weak points of each version, sometimes even better than you do.
Let this motivate you: we see between 100 – 1,000 unauthorized login attempts every single day at the sites we host (Documentation, Magazine and the main Gavick.com). The vast majority of these are hackers using brute force techniques to get into websites. That’s why you should be ready; so take some precautions to minimize the risk of your website getting broken into.
A classic example of weak security is continuing to use the word ‘admin’ as a user name – this is the default super administration account that’s created when you first install Joomla! – along with a password that brute-force attempts are likely to succeed in guessing. So don’t waste time anymore and rename ‘admin’ account with a different name and ensure it has a strong password.
Ensure that you have installed the latest versions of both the Joomla core itself and any third-party extensions.
You can use Akeeba CMS Update tool – which allows you define specific Super User accounts to be emailed when an update is available, Automatic updates and gives automatically backup your site before updating Joomla.
Outdated versions of the Joomla extension may contain a very serious security vulnerability that allows a hacker to upload files to a website. Exploitation of this vulnerability has been a common cause of the hackings among the hacked Joomla websites. Even if your Joomla doesn’t show if new version is available regularly check on developer page.
Turn on Search Engine Friendly URLs – this will hide typical Joomla URLs.
Disable New User Registration in User Manager – if you don’t need new users added from front-end.
Smartphone users are being warned after new research has discovered an alarming new security flaw that is being used to monitor online activity.
According to the research, the battery level of your smartphone is being used to monitor which websites you visit.
The study carried out by Princeton University explains how the smartphone battery status is being used to track your every move online.
The research looks at the smartphone battery status API, which is present in all the leading web browsers including Chrome, Opera and Firefox.
The API or (application programming interface) was introduced with HTML5 and is designed to inform websites on different battery levels and performance in order to serve up lower power versions of the site when required.
When it was first introduced back in 2015, concerns were raised that the battery life of users could be used to track them online.
By looking at a combination of battery life as a percentage and the amount of battery loss in seconds and then cross referencing this data with other online identifiers, sites could potentially pinpoint specific devices.
Say for example a user opened their local animal charity website on Firefox and then opened an animal hunting website using Google Chrome through a totally separate connection using a VPN, the two connections should be almost impossible to link with one another.
However, according to the research something like an advert that loaded on both websites would be able to tell that the two connections were linked from the same devil
The research from Princeton University found that tracking scripts used in the battery status API actually “fingerprints” a device allowing it to be continuously identified across a variety of different sites.
The research was highlighted earlier this week by Lukasz Olejnik who posted about it on his blog. Lukasz was one of the researchers who raised concerns about the smartphone battery status API in 2015.
“Some companies may be analysing the possibility of monetising the access to battery levels,” said Lukasz .
“When battery is running low, people might be prone to some – otherwise different – decisions. In such circumstances, users will agree to pay more for a service.”
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says Russian intelligence services hacked into Democratic National Committee computers and she has accused Republican contender Donald Trump of showing support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC and we know that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released, and we know that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back-up Putin, to support Putin," Mrs Clinton said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
The United States has not publicly accused Russia of being behind the hack of Democratic Party computers.
Cyber security experts and US officials, however, said they believed Russia engineered the release of the emails to influence the November 8 US presidential election.
Asked if she believed Mr Putin wanted Mr Trump to win the White House, Mrs Clinton said she was not going to jump to that conclusion.
"But I think laying out the facts raises serious issues about Russian interference in our elections, in our democracy," Mrs Clinton said.
The US would not tolerate that from any other country, especially one considered an adversary, she said.
"For Trump to both encourage that and to praise Putin despite what appears to be a deliberate effort to try to affect the election I think raises national security issues," she said.
The New York businessman has praised Mr Putin, saying he was a stronger leader than US President Barack Obama, a Democrat.