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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 02:01

Wordpress Security Issues

Is your website a Wordpress site? This fall seems to have been a field day for Wordpress hackers. Even with good security, several of my clients' sites were hacked.

What can you do about it? Realistically, you can't stop the bad guys. Hackers are a unique group of people hell bent on destroying the work of others. Sound like I'm frustrated? I am! Sick to death of dealing with people who clearly have no respect for the hard work (and  money) of others.

That said, there is a LOT you can do to protect your site and your SANITY! Let's go over the basics. This is just a brief overview of how you can quickly secure your existing Wordpress site:

Keep your plugins AND Wordpress updated! Despite the many ardent warnings I have given my clients, who don't want to pay me to do regular updates, the vast majority completely ignore what I tell them and that is to UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE!  Updating literally takes minutes per week.

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Zirtual Suspends All Work With No Notice PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 August 2015 18:49

 

My advice? Take back the reins!

Zirtual, a virtual assistance service connecting primarily U.S. home-based virtual assistants with clients worldwide, has suddenly "suspended" service yesterday, with no indication to employees or clients when (or even whether) work will resume. Zirtual is not a traditional VA referral organization, but in fact hired, as employees, assistants to service clients virtually. Though Zirtual is willingly connecting the assistant directly to the clients if they ask for such a connection, they still have no idea if they will continue to have the health insurance or whether they will get paid for the most recent work completed. From what I have seen from many VAs posts on social media, they were completely blindsided by this announcement. As Denise Griffiths, of Gotta Go Virtual Now (www.gottagovirtualnow.com) said, "This is why you need to promote your services and build YOUR OWN VA practice."

As an entrepreneur who jumped directly into my own practice with both feet, I agree wholeheartedly with Denise. I have never felt it was wise to put all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak, and for that reason built and retained a significant and broad client base, ensuring that should one or two move on, I would always have plenty of work. Understandably, to many people, the need to provide a stable income, together with health insurance and other promised benefits, this type of employment situation is very attractive, particularly because it comes with health insurance, but comes with significant risk. Whether the closure is temporary or permanent is still to be seen, though it seems unlikely that with the abrupt closure of all resources with no notice that clients and/or employees will come running back should they opt to reopen.

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