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 …

Chip and Pin – Why Bother?

If you work in retail or use a credit card, you have come across the latest technology: chip and pin.  In the U.S. this is a newer and less prevalent technology than it is in the rest of the world.  However, that does not diminish its importance. The more technical name for this technology is EMV (a shortened version of the card schemas: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) but you can find usually find both phrases used in discussions about it.  …