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Colin McDermott
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If you are looking for a striking and powerful image – this site is definitely worth a look. New photos added weekly – Gratisography is the site of photographer Ryan McGuire – with all images free of copyright restrictions.
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For those of us that like a to keep things tidy, relief has come in the form of an update to Google Search Console allowing users to organise sites into groups. When you need to add the WWW and non-WWW versions of a site, plus HTTPS, plus sub-domains… previously things would quickly start to get […]
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Hey John, Pierre, Barry,

Have you guys seen anything like this before - spammers using a Google.com link that redirects users automatically?

I uploaded the details/URL to pastebin: http://pastebin.com/cQ62cWDy

https://twitter.com/FrauKreuz/with_replies

Maybe this is old stuff but not something I have seen before. A little searching turned up similar links, but nothing that automatically redirected.

+John Mueller +Pierre Far +Barry Schwartz 
The latest Tweets from Frau K. (@FrauKreuz). Reasonably well informed and circumspect
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Human 5.5secs vs robot 3.25 secs

but robot had 4 arms!
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Today I spotted my server was suffering from a little light xml-rpc abuse, so after fixing the issue I thought I would write a quick guide in case anyone might find it useful.

How To Protect WordPress from XML-RPC Pingback Abuse:

http://cm.org.uk/wordpress/how-to-protect-your-wordpress-blog-from-xml-rpc-pingback-abuse/
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+Mikel King ah that is an interesting idea, hadn't thought of that. For now I have just disabled Pingback specifically - seems to have dropped the abuse I was getting down to 0.
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UK Government Sites Hacked With Pharma Spam:

http://cm.org.uk/security/uk-government-sites-hacked-with-pharma-spam/
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We have pulled together all the slides from the SAScon June 2015 conference. Running for 6 years now, SAScon is Manchester’s premier SEO, search and social conference. Stretched over two days and three rooms, this year’s June event featured over 30 presentations and workshops. If we have missed a slide deck, feel free to get […]
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Martin Faulkner an Irish traveller and bare knuckle boxer from a site near Limmerick

+Arty Pics of the Week curated by  +Alexius Jørgensen +Marcel André Levasseur +Pascale G +Richard Mabb +Paul Brown

+Monochrome Monday curated by  +HBE +Jerry Johnson +Steve Barge +Dominique Hilbert +David Orr +Martin Heller #MonochromeMonday

+All Things Monochrome curated by  +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Bill Wood #allThingsMonochrome

+Black and White Fine Art Photography Gallery curated by  +Joel Tjintjelaar #BWFineArtLE

+Black and White Photos curated by  +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron +Salvatore Ferrante +Andrea Erbifori #blackandwhitephotos

+BTP Monochrome Pro curated by  +Rinus Bakker +Jack Stepanyan +Jesse Martineau #BTPMonochromePro

+European Photo curated by  +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +*** +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter #EuropeanPhotography

+HQSP Monochrome curated by  +Anja Wessels +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Lammert Doddema #hqspmonochrome

+HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by  +Anja Wessels +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +Alejandro J. Soto +Daniel Grey #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos

+Monochrome Arty Club curated by  +abhishek chamaria +JR Snyder Jr +June Penn +Seth Mayer +Steve Tang #monochromeartyclub

+Monochrome World curated by  +andi rivarola #monochromeworld

+Photo Journal Worldwide curated by  +andi rivarola #photojournalworlwide

+RAW Street Photography curated by  +Daniel Norman #rawstreetphotography

+StreetPhotography curated by  +Tatiana Parmeeva +Maria Roco #streetphotography

+StreetPics curated by  +Arnold Goodway #StreetPics
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You may have heard about the recent 162k sites wide DDoS attack using the built in WordPress XML-RPC service, as reported by +Sucuri Inc.

Today I personally noticed a big increase in XML-RPC abuse on my server (see logs screenshot).

After fixing the issue, I thought I would document a few of the ways it's possible to protect WP from XML-RPC pingback abuse.

http://cm.org.uk/wordpress/how-to-protect-your-wordpress-blog-from-xml-rpc-pingback-abuse/

#WordPress   #Security  
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It's back? I just tried and got a 404 :/ Damnit I was excited for a minute then! Yes I'm doing great thank you. How's Colin? Where are you working these days? :)
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+Matt Cutts has an Amazing Tshirt in this video :)

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LastMinute.com Hit With Penalty – Lose Half Organic Visibility:

http://cm.org.uk/seo/lastminute-com-hit-with-penalty-lose-half-organic-visibility/
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