WordPress 4.1 is here!

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WordPress users can contact me for easy, problem free updates, and back-ups.

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.
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Every year, WordPress releases a new theme and this year is no different. The new Twenty Fifteen theme is beautiful, responsive and comes bundled with WordPress by default and uses Google’s Noto Web font.
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The 4.1 release also includes a new distraction-free writing mode that hides all WordPress’ clutter and modules to help you focus on getting your blog written.

There are a bunch of smaller new features like Vine embeds, more languages, the ability to log you out everywhere and a bunch of improvements for developers. See the official WordPress blog for all the goodies

WordPress users can contact me below for easy, problem free updates, and back-ups.

The Tragic Password Mistake Hackers Are Hoping You’ll Make

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You’re smart. You don’t use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right?

Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there’s a good chance your passwords will still be far easier for hackers to crack than you think.

http://www.alternet.org/tragic-password-mistake-hackers-are-hoping-youll-make

WordPress Update Fixes Security Vulnerabilities

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WordPress users are strongly encouraged to update their sites to 3.9.2 as it’s a security focused release. According to the announcement, 3.9.2 fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing.

According to stats on WordPress.org, 26.8% of all WordPress sites will not be auto updated. Among those sites, 18.8% are still using WordPress 3.5.

WordPress 3.9.2 has a few other security updates as well:

Heartbleed Bug

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The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

With news breaking on Monday, April 7th that the Heartbleed bug causes a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library, which is used by roughly two-thirds of all websites on the Internet. We recommend everyone with a Yahoo.com account, OkCupid.com or Github.com account changes their password. You can check a site here:
https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

Facebook’s “bait and switch” for publishers

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Is your fb page still working for you? 7% of your fans will see your posts. Time for a new website.

I want my friend’s back

Spring of 2012 was when bloggers, non-profits, indie bands, George Takei, community theaters, photographers, caterers, artists, mega-churches, high schools, tee-shirt vendors, campus coffee shops, art galleries, museums, charities, food trucks, and a near infinite variety of organizations; individuals from all walks of life; and businesses, both large and small, began to detect—for it was almost imperceptible at first—that the volume was getting turned down on their Facebook reach. Each post was now being seen only by a fraction of their total “fans” who would previously have seen them.

But it wasn’t just the so-called “fan pages,” individual Facebook users were also starting to notice that they weren’t seeing much in their newsfeeds anymore from the various entities they “liked”—or even updates from their closest friends and family members. Something was amiss, but unless you had a larger “data set” to look at—or a formerly thriving online business that was now getting creamed—it probably wasn’t something that you noticed or paid that much attention to.
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Remember there’s nothing stopping other social networks or sharing services from doing exactly the same thing. It’s never a good idea to depend on a single third-party platform to amplify your content, but that’s what so many small online publishing businesses are stuck doing these days. Still, none of the major ones have behaved as egregiously and onerously as Facebook, and IMO, DM’s absolutely right to call them out.
http://boingboing.net

Broken on Purpose

Many of us managing Facebook fan pages have noticed something strange over the last year: how our reach has gotten increasingly ineffective. How the messages we post seem to get fewer clicks, how each message is seen by only a fraction of our total “fans.”

It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access.
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http://bulletmediaonline.info/news/youre-putting-too-much-faith-in-social-media-networks

Tumblr Now with ads

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Tumblr has decided to change its tune about ads. Starting May 2, it will sell the featured post spot on the user dashboard to highlight sponsored posts. “We’re pretty opposed to advertising,” CEO David Karp told the Los Angeles Times in 2010. “It really turns our stomachs.” But for the free blogging service, the stomachs of its investors are more important at the moment.

The ads won’t be shown on the blogs themselves, but rather in the Radar section where Tumblr users log in. That screen highlights popular posts now, but starting next month, it will show paid content instead.

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