A genuine text message about coronavirus has been sent from the UK government to all mobile phones. Beware of COVID-19 scam texts however, that want to defraud the unwary during this time of crisis.
Want to avoid a Ransomware attack? Then beef up your passwords.
It’s scary to know that people are STILL using passwords as weak as ‘12345’, but apparently they are. Why, just why would you do that?
In January 2019, a massive data breach of 773 million unique email addresses, alongside passwords, was found on a popular hacking forum. These had been gleaned from sites that had been hacked in the past.
Since yesterday a M35 Web Design client website has been subject to a ‘brute force attack’ by a hacker. A brute force attack is an attempt by a hacker to crack passwords, usernames or find hidden web pages, using a trial and error approach.
The hacker is a ‘bot’ (computer), whose sole purpose is to login to a website and cause havoc in whatever way it can. This particular bot is located in Vietnam and has been trying to login to my client’s site since yesterday afternoon, attacking roughly every six minutes.
As I write this it’s still trying to find a way in.
Since early 2017, if you have a website that doesn’t have the HTTPS protocol (i.e. a locked padlock symbol in the website address), then you and your website visitors may have noticed a security warning.