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Loved seeing this message from one of my Webmaster Training members. Made my day!!

"I have just successfully flipped two sites to HTTPS (on two different hosting platforms) in the past week with minimal problems. Wahoooo! There is absolutely no way on God's Green Earth that I would have been able to do this without you. I am so grateful for all of the work you put in for us in Webmaster Training, and as far as I'm concerned, it paid for itself in the first flip to HTTPS. THANK YOU SO MUCH."
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Watch out for the auto fill of forms in both Chrome and Safari. You could be sharing a lot more info than you planned on!
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2017/01/bamboozled_how_google_chrome_might_help_scammers_s.html
Before you use an auto-fill function, see what information Chrome might share about you.
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You may get an email from your host about this
 
PHPMailer update and emails from host

The developer of the PHPMailer code has patched it for this vulnerability.

As reported in Tips Tuesday for Jan 10 2016, WordPress will not be creating a patch for it.

So hosts are now applying the patch directly from the developer.

You may get an email from your host reporting that they are taking this action.

See this post for more info on the PHPMailer http://www.blogaid.net/phpmailer-exploit-in-wordpress-core/

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A new security issue has been found in the PHPMailer used to send emails from your WordPress site. Following is a brief on the situation and what you need to do.
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WordPress Security Alert

Not likely your site will get hacked, but read this quick post for what to expect and what you can do.
 
WordPress Security Alert - PHPMailer Exploit in WP Core

You may get an email from your host about this. A WP core patch is already in the works. It's highly unlikely your site will be hacked over this, but it does need to be patched asap.

Read the quick post below for what you can do.
A new security issue has been found in the PHPMailer used to send emails from your WordPress site. Following is a brief on the situation and what you need to do.
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VaultPress is listening!

I've been in daily email contact with the folks at VaultPress over this and they are listening to their user base and are taking us seriously. I'll continue to update this post if they find a way to let us use the existing VaultPress plugin without JetPack.

http://www.blogaid.net/why-i-yanked-vaultpress-off-my-recommended-list/

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I am so pissed off and disappointed to have to tell you this. I really am.
 
Why I Yanked VaultPress off My Recommended List

I can't even tell you how much I hate having to do this
VaultPress is one of the best backup solutions on the planet. But now it’s bundled into JetPack. See why that’s such a big deal and why I have to remove it from my trusted vendor list.
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That's the only sense I can make of it too +Gary Matthews 
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What the flying f%*#$ Automattic?!?!?

You tied the super VaultPress service to 2 less desirable products like JetPack and Akismet. Worse, you do all the configuration on your end so there is no user choice or control in the matter.

Great way to screw up a great product. And the lower price doesn't make up for it. Not even close.

https://blog.vaultpress.com/2016/12/09/announcing-simpler-more-affordable-pricing/
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Something's gotta change - and soon
 
If 78% of new visitor traffic to my site is coming from Google, why would I change my SEO strategy? Because I have to.
SEO - Search Engine Optimization - comprises all the little things you do to your site and content to garner a higher ranking in Google so more folks find your site. But does it work? And is it enough to get more eyeballs on your content? Yes and no. Let me explain how and why I’m changing my tactics to get found by more viewers.
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WordPress 4.7.1 is rolling out right now.
This will be an automatic update, unless you've turned that function off, and I hope you haven't.

As I reported in Tips Tuesday yesterday, this is a security and bug fix release, and there were lots of bugs! There are 18 more currently being worked on and will be in the next 4.7.2 release.

More here http://bit.ly/tt170109
 
WordPress 4.7.1 is rolling out right now
WordPress 4.7 has been downloaded over 10 million times since its release on December 6, 2016 and we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 4.7.1. This is a security releas…
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Scratching my head as to why they said their was no issue in the code with PHPMailer, then fixed the code anyway
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Get your site success started with a bang this year http://bit.ly/banewyear
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A good spam filter on your intake form would help ensure they are not bots. With new forums, or any such group, it's up to you to start the conversations.
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Big jump in brute force attacks in the last couple of weeks. Accounts for a lot of the goofiness I reported seeing lately.

Here's how to protect your site.
 
Sudden sharp rise in brute force attacks. Here's how to protect your site.
A sharp increase of bots wanting to break your WordPress login has been reported for Dec 2016. Here’s what you can do to protect your site.
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Thanks for the link, but you still have to open the door a little for XML-RPC to even use JetPack. I want that door slammed shut and dead bolted on my sites.
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What is Automattic thinking? Why ruin a perfectly good backup service like VaultPress by bundling it with less desirable plugins like JetPack and Akismet?
 
VaultPress will now be bundled into JetPack. Why oh why Automattic?
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Better keep checking if Akismet is working +Gary Matthews. Once their bots discover you're not paying they will cut it off without notice. I've been seeing that happen over and over on client sites for the last 2 years and I'm not alone.

Whether Akismet works well or whether it creates performance and resource drains really depends on the kinds of spam comments you get.

There are 110+ comments to my remarks about this recent change on an advanced dev group I'm in. I finally issued an invitation to those who say it works well to check what I check in audits. We'll see what they find.

The folks at Automattic have also offered to troubleshoot next time I come across a really bad site audit. We'll see if the client wants to donate their time and site to help them troubleshoot. I sure don't, not when I can simply switch plugins and be done with it.
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Owner of BlogAid where I help non-geeks become confident, successful site owners.
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WordPress and online marketing trainer and consultant including SEO, security, and performance. Technical writer and creator of video tutorials.
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Owner of BlogAid.net Where non-geeks get total site success consultation and training. WordPress, SEO, security, performance, membership sites, and more.
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I'm a geek who can still speak in plain English. I help small businesses and solopreneurs be successful and profitable through comprehensive site consultation and training including WordPress, SEO, performance, and security.

Visit BlogAid.net to learn more about me and how I can help you become a confident, successful site owner.

I also love trees and working with wood. You can see my unique carvings at Heartwood Art.
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Multi-instrumentalist and composer with music airing in 14 countries, first book was featured in Publishers Weekly, nationally recognized woodcarver featured in several magazines.
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Tips Tuesday and New Video Tutorials Added
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BlogAid Tips Tuesday Hello Happy Site Owners! Welcome to the Tips Tuesday podcast for Nov 6, 2012. Go vote! In this week's podcast, I big ne

5 Ways to Grow Your Email List With YouTube Videos
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Building an email list is an important task for any blogger or webmaster. In this episode we explore 5 ways you can use YouTube Videos to ge

Google Analyticator Plugin Under New Management
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WP video tutorialA few weeks ago, the Google Analyticator plugin stopped reporting stats to the WordPress Dashboard module. It’s been taken

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