News Articles from M35 Web Design
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.
UK usage stats for the numbers of people using a mobile, desktop, or tablet to browse the web. Stats are for the time period December 2017 - December 2018.
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.
Season's Greetings to all our clients, from M35 Web Design, Poole, Dorset.
You may have heard mention of GDPR on the news, and have received numerous emails from companies asking if you still want to hear from them. This is down to a new law on Data Protection and Privacy that comes into effect on 25th May 2018.
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) covers data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, and gives significantly more rights to the owner of the data (the 'data subject') than before. This means greater fines for businesses improperly collecting and using an individual's data.
Flickr, the photo sharing website, has been acquired by premium photo hosting company SmugMug. Based on what SmugMug are currently saying I'm hoping that this might actually be a good thing.
Flickr and SmugMug will continue to operate as separate entities indefinitely, although CEO Don MacAskill says he doesn't yet know what his plans are for Flickr.
I love my job... always something different. Today I've been editing and re-touching a lovely young lady's graduation photo, as she said that it didn't look like her.
I had to literally replace her eyebrows, which looked fuzzy and a strange colour, and also move her mouth slightly as a 'rogue shadow' was making it look lopsided.
Now it's so much better and it looks like her. I hope she'll be pleased too.
BEWARE! The Tax Return email scams have started already, just a day after the 31st January 2018 deadline. These fraudsters are certainly quick off the mark.
Here you can see the text from an email I received today. Note the way these fraudsters don’t even know my name, whereas the real HMRC certainly would. The sender was showing as HMRC Business Help and Support Emails.
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.