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Web South Hosting safe from Heartbleed Security Bug

Have you heard of the Heartbleed Security Bug yet?

Security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL, the cryptographic software library that protects many web sites on the internet. Here’s what that means for you, the average user. For those hosting on Web South – I have been assured that our servers are patched and are safe from this bug.

If not and want an explanation why not read this story on Lifehacker by Whitson Gordon. Its explained in simpler terms and has other links if you want to know more.

Codenomicon have a website dedicated to The Heartbleed Bug  as well.

The suggestion we have is to be constantly vigilant for anything out of the ordinary on any website.

Beware a new lot of SCAM Emails

I am seeing lots of SCAM emails targeting most email addresses which have titles bearing reputable business names – pretending to do surveys, and anything else that can grab your attention. Please beware. as even going to the link in some of these emails will deliver you a nasty repair bill for rebuilding your software.

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Beware downloading TIFF images

Security Firm SOPHOS warns of a Microsoft vulnerability where a maliciously crafted TIFF image could lead to unauthorised downloads. view this YouTube 60 second news item which mentions it.

Apparently Windows is patched against this threat, so please make sure your computers are ‘patched’ (that they have the lates security patches).

Problem Updating Atahualpa 3.7.7 to 3.7.13

I am unsure what has caused the glitch but when updating the theme Atahualpa version 3.7.7 to the very latest one 3.7.13 I found that the header, menu and footer went missing. I found a hint on the wordpress support website

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Can you legally download YouTube videos?

We were asked about this today, and thought it was worth referring anyone interested in this question to an article by Marie Brewis of PC Advisor UK ‘Tech Advisor’ Section.

She starts out “Is it illegal to download YouTube video for personal use? Many people would answer that question by suggesting it’s something of a ‘grey’ area. Actually it’s pretty black and white.”

Thanks Marie!

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Windows 8.1 Release for 18th Oct 2013

Many of us are keen to see the release of Windows 8.1.

It will be the first major release since Windows 8 came along.

News is that the release will be the full version, not just an ‘upgrade-only’ release.

Great news too is that it will be a free upgrade to Windows 8 owners and will be available on Windows Update.

We wish Microsoft all the best for this new release.

NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin update may cause problems

The NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin is maintained by Photocrati Media; a great plugin that we normally recommend has had a bug in one of the updates in the version 2 series. If your system is working, it might be best to hold off updating it until things are sorted out. Our web host advised that the database was found to be consuming an large amount of processor time, to the point of degrading overall system performance, and as a result they had placed a temporary block on the database.

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WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release

Well it doesn’t seem that long ago that WordPress 3.6 was realeased, so the development team have done well to bring out this release so quickly. This is a quote from the WordPress website. After nearly 7 million downloads of WordPress 3.6, we are pleased to announce the availability of version 3.6.1. This maintenance release fixes 13 bugs in version 3.6, which was a very smooth release. WordPress 3.6.1 is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions

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Web Hosting Interuption 12th Sept

URGENT NOTICE: Server maintenance – Adelaide Time – Thursday, 12 September 2013 at 2:30:00 PM Your Website and email, hosted on the Web South server, will be coming down at midnight (CDT) on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 (Central American Time) as part of the data centre’s planned maintenance for efficiency for space. That relates to – Adelaide Time – Thursday, 12 September 2013 at 2:30:00 PM

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How to test your Internet Speed

As Computer Service people we often need to know what quality of performance the Internet connection is doing at a location. To do this we use a service which is online. Luke has made a short FAQ article on how to use it to send that speed test to us.

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