WordPress malicious plugin: check your 404 error page now

March 4, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

When was the last time you checked your site’s 404 error page? That long? Check it now by going to a non-existing web page. Simple enter your domain name, add a /, and then type some random letters and hit the enter key. Your website should respond with its current 404 error page. Hopefully, you […]


Security, WordPress,

4 best practices for securing WordPress blogs

February 25, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

Taps and Clicks Blog, like many other blogs and websites, runs on the popular WordPress content management system. One of the downfalls of using popular software is that popularity is like waving a red flag in front of hacker bulls. WordPress is a common target of those seeking to submit comments full of spam links […]



Chip and PIN credit cards coming

February 18, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Did you know Visa and MasterCard have set a deadline of October 2015 for when all banks and merchants must use chip and PIN (EMV standard) credit cards? Europe has already switched and India has set June 2014 as their target date for switching over to chip and PIN. Compared to magnetic stripe credit cards, […]


Mobile Payments, Security,

Data breaches: what’s your emergency plan?

January 29, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

This past month several large Fortune 500 companies suffered major data breaches affecting millions of customers. Do you know what to do should a data breach involve you? You – the breached customer Small businesses often use credit cards for purchases at the same on- and off-line outlets used by mass consumers. Your credit card […]



Smartphone security: how to secure your smartphone

December 19, 2012 Timothy Mobile Apps

The December 2012 issues of Smart Computing arrived in the ASBTDC offices. One of the articles gives several good tips on how to secure your smartphone against threats. Traditionally, the simpler-feature phones were relatively immune from hacking, but as smartphones have evolved into micro-computers, their advanced operating systems increasingly open smartphones to hacking. Screen locks. […]


apps, mobile, Security,

Internet security: how to protect your computer and identity

August 13, 2012 Timothy Online Presence

Podcast: Internet Security Recently, a number of security lapses have highlighted the need for improved Internet security by service providers and users. In one case a well-known reporter had his Apple computer compromised and taken over along with his Google and Amazon accounts. How do you protect your computer? There are a number of […]


podcast, Security,

Your Twitter password

May 10, 2012 Timothy Online Presence

Around 55,000 Twitter accounts are reported as being hacked and their passwords revealed. While most of the accounts were spammer accounts and your own account was most likely not affected, you should change your password as a precaution. Wondering how we knew about this? I am a daily reader of Slashdot, known as “News for […]



2012 Data Breach Investigations Report

April 6, 2012 Timothy Online Presence

Slate magazine recently published an online article on a trend among criminals to target point-of-sales systems (POS) at restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Data thieves have been compromising servers and stealing credit card numbers and customer details and selling the data through Eastern European crime syndicates. One of the most common breaches has been straight-forward […]



How’s your Internet security?

February 13, 2012 Liz Online Presence

The more rapidly technology evolves, the more difficult it is for businesses to stay on top of best practices for Internet security. While global espionage and Murdoch-sanctioned privacy breaches grab the headlines, every day a small business suffers a security breach through either negligence or outdated safeguard measures. According to a recent survey conducted by […]


Privacy, Security, small business,

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