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Keeping your WordPress plugins up to date

WordPress is a very powerful and convenient tool for your website to live in. However, if you let the software get too old, it can also become a very easy way for hackers to compromise your website. To increase the odds that you will avoid spam, viruses, and embarrassing defacement, be sure to keep up to date. The main WordPress … read more

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The Devil is in the Details
(Of Your Email Address)

You may not have ever given it much thought, but your email address actually says things about you. I don’t mean it’s talking smack, but it does reveal some things about you. For example… john@gmail.com  Translation: “I don’t worry about making a distinction between work and personal email. Or, I haven’t worried about taking the time to set up a … read more

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Lasting “Big Change” Only Happens Through Incremental Small Steps

In the spirit of New Years resolutions (if you’ve been too busy working 80 hour weeks, you may not have noticed, but it’s now 2017!) I wanted to take a moment to talk about making changes. It’s fairly common for people to start the new year with various resolutions… and then feel bad about failing to follow through. I’ve come to … read more

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2017 is Coming Fast… Have You Made Any New Year’s Resolutions?

Most of us have done it. Figured out something we wanted to change, swore to change it during a fun, champagne filled evening with friends, and promptly forgotten about it within a week flat. I’m not going to offer any inspired words of encouragement to help you get through your next attempt at personal growth… you’re on your own there. … read more

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Social Media Mania

As if it wasn’t hard enough finding time to keep your website up to date, now everybody is telling you to create and post to a bunch of social media sites, too. Not enough time in the day, amiright? Like many things, there’s no black and white easy to determine approach to this. That being said, I would like to make … read more

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Search and Seizure Procedure Changes – What’s Good for the Goose…

Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to follow the rabbit down the hole when you see headlines pass by on Facebook. When I recently read the article at The Hacker News, STOP Rule 41 – FBI should not get Legal Power to Hack Computers Worldwide, I found myself with nagging questions, though, so I’ve been clicking and reading. (I’m not … read more

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WordPress 4.6 Released

WordPress 4.6 has been released, named “Pepper Adams” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III (the different versions have been named after jazz artists.)  A lot of the changes are under the hood where you might not notice, but some of the things that may stand out to you include: Streamlined Updates – when you update, install, … read more

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Maestro Monthly is Back

Years ago we put out a free email newsletter every month with a couple of articles, along with links and other resources. Since the reboot of the business, time has not been available to get the newsletter up and running, until now. Is it as big a news story as the new Star Wars movie? Of course not. But it … read more

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You don’t really need a website

Over the years, everyone has become convinced that they need a website. If you’re in business, logic dictates that you need to have a website, right? Nope. It might seem strange that someone who builds websites for a living it telling you that you don’t need one, but let me explain. Thanks to smart phones, phone books have gone the … read more

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Poodle, the latest bug dogging web security

In case you were missing the headaches brought on by the heartbleed bug, you can rest assured knowing a new flaw has been discovered in online security. Poodle (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) is a security hole in SSL 3.0 that allows private information to be exposed to a hacker with network access. SSL 3.0 is used by both … read more

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