11111 Security Archives - Honeycomb Creative

Someone is trying to hack into your website – right now!

January 2015

It’s really a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ your website will get hacked. Every website is under attack, every day.

If your website is running WordPress and you have not authorized us to install Wordfence on your website, I ask you to reconsider. We already do a lot to keep hackers out but another tool would be useful.

The $60.00/year fee includes installation, setup and continual updates. Don’t regret not installing Wordfence, email Allen now.


Are you getting a lot of spam?

January 2015

The spam filtering that is included with our hosting is good, but not a match for the quantity and complexity of spam being sent every day. For us, cleaning up email was taking too much time and we needed to find a better approach.

We have personally been using/testing a much more robust spam filter service for over a year, and have managed to cut down on our spam very dramatically.

Here are our results for the last quarter of 2014.
Total emails sent to us: 25,299


What typically gets marked as a ‘False Positive’ or spam is subscriptions to Old Navy, Amazon, etc – actual retail subscriptions – but very rarely does legitimate email get marked as spam.

We also have the ability to ‘white list’ domains that you do a lot of business with to ensure that all their emails get through.

Let me know if you’re interested in adding this extra layer of spam filtering to your email.il.



Google Chrome Now Tells You When It’s Been Hijacked

January 2014

Google Chrome is helping its users fend off browser hijackings.

Linus Upson, Google’s vice-president of engineering, announced a new protection in a blog post last week that asks users to reset their account if Chrome’s system detected a potential hacker.

View Full Article Here: www.mashable.com/google-chrome-protection-hijacked/


Make Your Password ‘Gooder’ With Bad Grammar, Research Says

March 2013

Crafting the perfect password isn’t easy. Some things, like pet’s names, birthdays and ascending number sequences, should definitely be avoided. (The word “password” is strongly discouraged, too.)

But what about good grammar? According to a new study, you should probably steer clear of that as well.

View Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/password-bad-grammar


5 Password Generators for Maximum Online Security

February 2013

Don’t be one of those people with lame passwords. We want to help you to pick super secure, ninja-style passwords that will keep you safe online.

These five free tools generate passwords with punch. Check them out in the gallery above and be sure to bookmark the service that suits you.

View Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/password-generators


How to Create a Secure Password

February 2013

A secure password can be your first line of defense against would-be hackers. Creating a secure password, however, isn’t always as easy as it looks. As the Internet has gotten larger, hackers have gotten smarter, making it so even passwords that seem like they’re secure aren’t necessarily anymore.

View Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/create-secure-password


Google’s Must-Follow Security Tips for Safer Internet Day

February 2013

Google is celebrating Safer Internet Day today with the redesign of its “Good to Know” site, offering more tips and resources about how to stay safe online.

View Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/google-security-tips-safer-internet-day


$700 Hack Threatens Millions of Yahoo Mail Users

November 2012

A new exploit being sold for $700 may put tens of millions of Yahoo Mail users at risk.

Read Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/hack-yahoo-mail


How to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away

November 2012

It’s a good idea to be a little paranoid about password theft, and there are several ways to strengthen your defenses.

Here’s the bottomline, “At some point, you will get hacked — it’s only a matter of time,” warned Mr. Grossman. “If that’s unacceptable to you, don’t put it online.”

Read the full article at the NY Times


The Spooky Side of Cybersecurity

November 2012

Fear comes in many forms, and on Halloween things get creepier and crawlier than usual. But for some of us, the scariest thing of all has nothing to do with snakes and spiders — and everything to do with cybersecurity.

Read Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/spooky-cybersecurity


Another Internet Explorer Security Alert

September 2012

A large number of our clients use Internet Explorer (IE) as their standard company web browser, I beg you to stop. Yesterday (September 17, 2012) another larger security hole was found in IE.

Here are there important points:
“Microsoft Corp warned that a newly discovered bug in its Internet Explorer web browser makes PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers and urged customers to download a piece of security software to mitigate the risk of infection.” –  this is not a simple IE update, you need to install and configure new software on your machine to make you safe.

“Some security experts said it would be too cumbersome for many PC users to implement the measures suggested by Microsoft.” – too difficult for the average user to do.

“For consumers it might be easier to simply click on Chrome,” said Dave Marcus, director of advanced research and threat intelligence with Intel Corp’s McAfee security division.

Here’s a link to a story with all the details; http://bit.ly/OWC8GE

If your IT department/supplier isn’t worried, it’s because they get paid overtime to fix problems later.

So what should you…
1. On a PC, stop using Internet Explorer forever.
2. Install a different browser, both Firefox and Chrome are safer, and faster, and render web pages better.



FBI: We Weren’t Hacked, Never Had Apple Device IDs

September 2012

Despite a claim made by hacking group AntiSec, which said it compromised 12 million Apple iOS Unique Device IDs (UDIDs) and personal information from a laptop of an FBI staffer, the government agency is denying that it ever had the data the hackers allegedly stole.

Read Full Article Here: http://mashable.com/fbi-we-werent-hacked-never-had-apple-device-ids/


In era of revelation, privacy more important than ever

August 2012

In an age in which people are sharing the tiniest details of their lives on Facebook and Twitter — from what they had for lunch to whom they’ve had sex with — it’s hard to believe anyone still values privacy.

Read more: http://bit.ly/OMDuoq


Wi-Fi snooping tool drills gaping holes in security

August 2012

The online world is abuzz with the news of an Internet browser tool that lets even the most technologically inept snoop on their neighbors over Wi-Fi networks.

Read more: http://bit.ly/NzVtBy


3 Ways to Protect Your Mac From Malware

June 2012

The more users make the switch to Apple products, the more we can expect criminal malware to follow.



Telus Internet accounts vulnerable

February 2012

A man who hacked into thousands of Telus Internet accounts in B.C. told CBC News he got into thousands more accounts than the company acknowledges, and says the security flaw allowing him access still hasn’t been patched.



Do You Overuse Your Passwords? Take A Look

February 2012

Do You Overuse Your Passwords? Take A Look Still using the same password across multiple websites? Mozilla has released a new tool just for people like you. Mozilla hopes that the Firefox add-on…


Will the FBI shut down the Internet on March 8 because of computer virus concerns?

February 2012

Will the FBI shut down the Internet on March 8 because of computer virus concerns?

The Internet could go dark for millions of users as early as March 8 because of a virus that has corrupted computers in more than 100 countries.

Full Story: http://bit.ly/xh2HST


Hackers take aim at Nasdaq, Bats websites

February 2012

WASHINGTON – Hackers have targeted the public websites of the operators of the Nasdaq and Bats stock exchanges over the past two days with cyberattacks that disrupted the sites but had no impact on t…


Be wary of e-mail about security updates

February 2012

Check out this article that I saw in USA TODAY’s iPhone application.
Tip: Be wary of e-mail about security updates http://usat.ly/xQS2R2
To view the story, click the link or paste it into your browser.
To learn more about USA TODAY for iPhone and download, visit: http://usatoday.com/iphone/


Anonymous briefly knocks CIA website offline

February 2012

I want to share a story with you from Vancouver Sun: WASHINGTON – The website of the Central Intelligence Agency was briefly inaccessible on Friday after the hacker group Anonymous claimed to have knocked it offline.


Hackers attack Foxconn for the laughs | Computers | Macworld

February 2012



Email Will Self Destruct In 5, 4, 3…

January 2012

Great new service for privacy – deletes the email after it has been read. Read about it here


Hackers attack FBI, Justice Department websites after file sharing service shutdown

January 2012



Zappos Suffers Security Breach

January 2012

Zappos Suffers Security Breach The online retailer Zappos has notified customers that some of their account information may have been accessed by hackers who breached the company’s computer system….


UVic theft scores banking data on 11,000 employees

January 2012

Canada is not immune to hacker attacks, read this news story from The Province — More than 11,000 current and former employees at the University of Victoria are being urged to contact their banks after personal information including their names


Major Antivirus Company Admits To Hacker Breach

January 2012

If Symantic can be ‘hacked’ why should we assume that any website should be safe?

Read this story, http://huff.to/xG6f7z and make sure your website security is up-to-date.


50,000 Credit Cards, 44,000 Passwords

December 2011

Do not assume that your credit card company, your bank, your website – are safe – they’re not! Make sure that your website is as secure as possible.



Notorious Hacker Group Strikes Again

December 2011

Notorious Hacker Group Strikes Again LONDON — The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of…



Passwords – the bad

November 2011

Let’s all keep our websites secure by using decent, difficult passwords. If you recongize a password on this list – change it! Now! Immediately.

According to SplashData, the most common passwords on the web are:

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • 1234567
  • letmein
  • trustno1
  • dragon
  • baseball
  • 111111
  • iloveyou
  • master
  • sunshine
  • ashley
  • bailey
  • passw0rd
  • shadow
  • 123123
  • 654321
  • superman
  • qazwsx
  • michael
  • football

Read the full report/article at SplashData

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