Tag Archives: security

What it means to be visionary⤴

from @ Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

I'm working on a project where we're trying to inspire engineers to think beyond improving the existing objects and services in our world, and invent what we don't even know we don't even know yet. We're getting them to bump into their own unknown unknowns

This Steve Jobs video, above, is from 1997, where he describes in anecdote how he has created, over the seven prior years, what we know today as cloud computing. And yet, even today, there are plenty of institutions that struggle with the notion of putting everything "up there", where it is faster to access and safe(r) from loss. 

So the question is this: do you want to be a visionary, or follow one for an exciting ride, or be around nearly twenty years later questioning the vision of those who went off and did it? 

What it means to be visionary⤴

from @ Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

I'm working on a project where we're trying to inspire engineers to think beyond improving the existing objects and services in our world, and invent what we don't even know we don't even know yet. We're getting them to bump into their own unknown unknowns

This Steve Jobs video, above, is from 1997, where he describes in anecdote how he has created, over the seven prior years, what we know today as cloud computing. And yet, even today, there are plenty of institutions that struggle with the notion of putting everything "up there", where it is faster to access and safe(r) from loss. 

So the question is this: do you want to be a visionary, or follow one for an exciting ride, or be around nearly twenty years later questioning the vision of those who went off and did it? 

Help! Missing: trust in young people⤴

from @ Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

I'm currently attempting some "holiday" in France, but the downtime has had my brain whizzing with sights that are more or less unfamiliar, certainly not from the time when I lived here over a decade ago or from my wife's own upbringing.

One such thing is what you can observe in the photo I took in a book shop in a city centre mall. This was the third shop we'd been into where we observed the same pattern:

Children and teenagers, though never adults, would diligently and without having been told to, take their bags to the entrance and dump them in a pile before going about their shopping.

I remarked that in pretty much any other country, a) the bags would be stolen within minutes, or b) they'd be removed as a bomb threat, and almost certainly c) any young person asked on entering a store to leave their bag would cry foul, civil liberties and assumptions of innocent-until-caught-with-a-loot-of-school-supplies (this was a stationery and book shop; hardly the stuff of hardened crack heads or hungry desperadoes).

France is certainly struggling at the moment. Her economy is dying, her politicians panicking, her entrepreneurs leaving by their hundreds every week on the Eurostar.

But success might be more likely to appear some day soon if it can do one thing for the taxpayers, citizens and workers of tomorrow: trust them as equal citizens in a Republic built on liberté, égalité and fraternité.

Help! Missing: trust in young people

Glew Scalability and Security⤴

from @ Charlie Love.org | Charlie Love.org

Earlier today I read a great piece by Paris Gourtsoyannis of Holyrood magazine.  The item was focused on what happens next with the ICT Excellence Group report and raises some concerns that I have expressed in other posts about Office 365 Wave 14 and it’s support for mobile devices.  I’ve …

A Modern Inconvenience⤴

from @ stuckwithphysics.co.uk

I should have seen it coming, I should have been prepared, but it still came as a shock when Google Chrome told me my blog had been blacklisted as a potential source of malware.

 

Initially I didn’t know what to do. Ignore the warning and go to the site, taking the risk that I’d infect my computer? Ignore it in the hope it’d go away? Panic? Cry? Shout for help?

In the end, I did the next best thing to shouting for help – I tweeted.

I've got warnings about malware on my blog, but no idea how to clean it up. Not self hosted, waiting to hear from host. Any thoughts? Pls RT
@drewburrett
Drew Burrett

Amongst the respondees was one of my oldest friends, @alanbboyd. He saw my cry for help and saved the day, stopping me panicking and giving me the advice and assistance I needed.

Solving the problems required the following -

  • ensuring all anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware & firewall software on my computer was updated
  • logging into the WordPress admin for the site, checking for rogue accounts and changing ALL the admin passwords
  • installing some site security plug-ins for WordPress -
    • Quttera Scanner - detects hidden iframes and other malicious code
    • Sucuri Scanner - identifies malware, spam and blacklisting
    • Wordfence - verifies and repairs core, theme and plugin files
  • performing scans to locate, indentify and repair the majority of the problems
  • editing header.php file via WordPress menu Appearance–>Editor to remove ‘hidden’ iframe scripts
  • re-running scans to confirm complete removal of malware
  • backing-up the entire site
  • setting up Google Webmaster Tools on the site and requesting a malware review via Health–>Malware

This whole episode has been a huge learning experience for me, it’s made me tighten things up enormously and gain a lot more knowledge and a few new skills.

I may be in the minority, but I reckon there are a huge number of other bloggers who, whilst confident users of their blogging platform, have little or no technical knowledge and skills. I have rarely, if ever, gotten under the bonnet of my blog, and was consequently highly vulnerable to this kind of hacking.

If your experience of blogging is similar to mine, I’d suggest you install those plug-ins, do some scans and tighten up your security in general.

If you are an expert in getting under the bonnet of your blog and you think I might have missed something, or could do more to protect my site from further inconvenience, please let me know.

Here’s hoping for a trouble-free future for stuckwithphysics.co.uk!