Preparing for a Security Audit

The topic of security comes up a lot in IT circles. We see headlines every day about breaches and fear that our company could be next. Ok, that may not be exactly our response. However, hackers are real and a threat to every business that is online. That makes the idea of a security audit attractive to many managers and business owners. They want to be comfortable with where they stand and any associated risks. This may even be a …

Security Suggestions and Keeping Safe From Hackers

The news is filled with stories about hackers and data theft.  Although they are not to be ignored, hackers can be avoided or thwarted with some common sense.  Let’s look at a few of these common-sense steps and some additional ways you can protect your self and site. Secure Passwords This is a common warning.  Nevertheless, the vast majority of passwords are anything but secure.  Studies have found that there are a large number of “default” passwords used.  These include …

Upgrades vs Stability for Production Solutions

One of the pervasive properties of software is change.  Whether this change comes from regular enhancements or environmental updates, it is one that should be considered strategically for production software.  Thus, the balance of upgrades vs. stability needs to be considered as your solution ages. Easy Upgrades Modern software environments provide features that make upgrades easier than in the past.  A great example of this is WordPress and other “plugins supported” solutions.  The goal is to make administration of these …