WordPress Security 3.5.2 Update Released – Update

wordpress logoWordPress released a new update today that is important for the security of your website or blog.

It is strongly suggested you update your WordPress CMS  immediately to make sure it is secure and unauthorized users can’t get into the back end.

 

The security fixes included:

  • Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.
  • Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts, reported by Konstantin Kovshenin, or reassigning the post’s authorship, reported by Luke Bryan.
  • An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. Reported by mala and Szymon Gruszecki.
  • Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.
  • An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability. Reported by Wan Ikram.
  • Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting. Reported by Andrea Santese and Rodrigo.
  • Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails. Reported by Jakub Galczyk.

Source: WordPress 3.5.2 Maintenance and Security Release

 

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Crossroads Veterinary Clinic Website Design

Crossroads Veterinary Clinic Victoria TX Website

Crossroads Veterinary Clinic is one of the most trusted animal caretakers in Victoria, Texas.

Visit their website at: Crossroads Veterinary Clinic in Victoria  Texas

Custom Tinting and Truck Website Design

Custom Tinting Website Victoria Texas

Custom Tinting and Truck Accessories is the #1 Window Tinting and Truck Parts dealer in Victoria, Texas.

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Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the New Facebook Timeline for Pages [Infographic]

There is a huge change coming to Facebook Fan Pages.  Facebook is changing the format of Pages to the Timeline format used in person profiles.  You opt to change to the Timeline format now or  you will be forced to switch to the new Timeline layout on March 30th, 2012.  While many things are changing and new the most controversial of them is the disappearance of the default landing tab.

While the landing tab has gone away, the the landing pages used for default landing pages have not.  Facebook is still giving page owners the ability to create the landing pages but you will need use a differnt method to get visitors to the page.

One solution is Facebook Ads which you will have to pay Facebook or you can use your creativity to get them to your Custom Landing Page.  Before we worry about getting visitors to the page, we first need to build the Landing Page.

Below you will find a terrific infographic detailing all the changes to the layout and gives you a quick guide on what you need to do to get ready.

 

Google Maps Adds Indoor Maps to Android Phones

Google is now mapping your indoors.  Google Maps for Android 6.0 is going to start showing interior maps of airports, select malls and retail stores in the US and Japan.   Sorry iPhone users, there isn’t an app for that yet.

Additional details are also displayed by  Google Maps, such as places, landmarks and geographical features, to give you context about what’s nearby. Now with the new Indoor feature Google Maps for Android enables you to know  where you are and figure out where you want to go even when you’re indoors.

 

 

Some retailers already participating are Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Home Depots and all US IKEA stores.  IAH and HOU airports are also on the list, a full list can be found below.

 

 

Google-provided screenshot of the Mall of America before interior maps and after:

 

 

US Launch Partners (full list):

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • George Bush Houston International Airport (IAH)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Boise International Airport (BOI)
  • Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)
  • Macy’s
  • Bloomingdales
  • Home Depot
  • IKEA
  • Mall of America
  • DDR Corp malls, including Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville, VA
  • Brixmor Property Group including Eagle Rock Plaza in Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Google Indoor Maps look like a really helpful tool especially for those of us always getting lost in Houston Intercontinental Airport.  A presentation about the features can also be found on the Google Maps site.

One day all the interiors of Victoria, Texas could be mapped out for us.  For the time being you will have to get your fix at Home Depot and the Houston Airports.

Privacy On Facebook Versus Google Plus [Infographic]

Online privacy is a hot topic. Which site offers more privacy, Facebook or Google+?   I’ve heard people saying that Circles is the answer but is it really?

Peer One Hosting created this infographic that illustrates how the two sites differ in privacy or lack there of.  Take a look, you might be surprised by the facts.

 

Facebook vs Google Plus Privacy Comparison Infographic

Facebook vs Google Plus Privacy Comparison Infographic

Custom Tinting Custom YouTube Channel

 

Custom Tinting Custom YouTube Channel

Objective:  To give Custom Tinting and Truck Accessories a completely custom look and feel for their YouTube channel.

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Fit Strong United Training Website Design

Fit Strong United Training Website Design

Fit Strong United Training is the leading fitness training center in Victoria, Texas.

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Facebook Email is Here!

New Facebook Email Messages

Facebook Email is Here!

Facebook has begun rolling out it’s new Messages platform. The coolest part about he new Facebook Messages is they will allow you to get your own personalized yourname@facebook.com Facebook Email address. The email address is not required but can be added on if you like.

They are rolling the service out, as I type this, to a select few users. The new system will allow you to receive messages, texts and chats all in the same place. It will also group all conversation with a person together making it more organized.  It also includes the features that traditional email.

If you would like to get to the front of the list, here is the page to sign up for the New Facebook Messages.  Eventually everyone will be converted over, but who wants to be the last to get it.  Not me!

Once you have the new Messages, you will also be give Invitations to your friends to upgrade.

If this is news to you, please leave a comment or click the ‘Like button!’

How J.C. Penney Gamed Google to Make a Ton of Money and Why YOU Should NOT Do It

Black Hat Search Engine Optimization

Since I started talking to local business owners about improving their search ranking in Google, I have been asked one question more than any other:  ”How do I get to the top of Google?”

 

While the answer to the question is both simple and complex, lets take a look at the what happened this week.  It gives us some real world proof about the positive effects of off page optimization. Off page optimization involves creating links to our sites from other websites.  This process is called backlinking.

In a terrific article Vanessa Fox, author and former product manager of Google Webmaster Tools, discusses how J.C. Penney got to the top of Google for keywords in almost every category they sell products in.  And by top, I mean the #1 ranking on the first page of Google!

The only problem is they did it the wrong way and violated Google’s Webmaster guidelines.  In doing so however, they provided evidence that building a lot of backlinks works.  They also show us that Black Hat SEO (search engine optimization) tactics will get you in trouble with Google and rightly so.

After this link spamming campaign surfaced, J.C. Penney promptly fired their SEO firm, according to the article.

Vanessa also tells us why backlinks make our website rank better in the short term.  Once you get caught using the techniques that violate Google’s Webmaster guidelines your website will either be removed from Google completely or be buried several pages deep where you will never be found.  Most searchers don’t make it past the first few pages of results and many don’t make it past the first page of Google search results.

The main take away is you should be very, very careful when hiring a company to promote you online.  Whether it be with Google AdWords, other forms of online advertising or in organic search rankings, don’t allow just anyone to optimize your search engine rankings.  Many methods get very fast results but they could also get you banned by Google very quickly as well.

Here is a link to the full article about J.C. Penney’s backlinking mistake.  If you are a local business owner, it might be a real eye opener to you.

If you want to learn about marketing your business online I highly recommend Vanessa Fox’s book, it is a must read.