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Jan 6

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Excerpt: … for spammers, anyway. Upgrading WordPress often might just help! On the other hand, you could still wake up and find out your blog looks like this after a zero-day attack — That's probably a bad thing. But, in fact, many of us in the blogosphere have enjoyed this particular problem. And it's not quite as much fun as the blue pill. In the worst case, it's not just spam, it's badware or viruses. And then Google won't want to cohabit with you ever again. Well, you're still alive, and you're sick of getting attacked. We are, too. So, at least…

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Jan 2

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Excerpt: You thought cheap webhosting was a bargain. Maybe … but bad webhosting isn't just a bummer — it can get you delisted, added to badware lists, etc. And it doesn't have to be your fault (directly, anyway). Use IX Web Hosting | ixwebhosting.com web hosting at your own risk. One day you might just get hacked and/or defaced. Even worse, you might be — courtesy of some Turkish hacker — installing malware on users' computers by proxy. The hackers seem to be pretty good, if a little mean. Fix it, and then it just might happen the…

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Dec 5
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Excerpt: WordPress is great. So are most other free and/or open-source applications. The only problem with these applications is that no matter how secure the other parts of your web site are, using such a popular application makes you an easy target for their widely circulated exploit scripts. There are lots of prying eyes on, say, WordPress. And exploiting popular open-source applications is interesting, because you get more bang for your buck. Upgrading helps, and of course we do it. But it still won't help for 0-day exploits, and it's not easy when you're managing…

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Oct 30
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Since I got my 10 links, I can now post again.  Needless to say, until then, I had a bit of free time.  What do you think I was doing?Let me tell you.  I decided to do an objective investigation as to whether cloaking is alive and well in "the" Google image search.  It is.  And she's apparently, umm, working it.I fancied that I would investigate some indian sex (careful!).  I was just sorta nearby in Fiji after all.  I'm sure you could find something else you'd like.  I found this:Well, hello there Miss "India sex slavery lend slut."  You…

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Aug 1
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Excerpt: Matt Cutts reaffirmed his distaste for cloaking in his most recent videos over here.  However, I still fail to see a problem with cloaking used ethically, and every time I think of an ethical use I post it on this blog.Chris Boggs posts here that he implemented load-balancing for a web site via round-robin DNS.  The problem is that this solution yields the same problem as mirroring a site.  And if you think about it, it's basically the same thing — except that the mirror selected is random.  Typically, instead of a user clicking a link to get to the…

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Jul 21
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Excerpt: This class can be used to detect where a site visitor is located and tailor their page content accordingly.  For example, you may want to say "We surrender!" for French users, instead of the usual "Hello."  No offense to Frenchies of course; but I had to poke some fun to make this post less dry :)To do this, we need to include this class in our application; the code below the class definition implements the aforementioned example.  Many thanks to MaxMind for providing their free database; additionally, they have a better, more accurate version for a fee.  Keep in mind…

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Jul 20
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Excerpt: Someone commented on my last post that there is a way to achieve some of what I stated as a goal in the previous post without cloaking.  He said:"Only create the session IDs in the URL when either one already exists, or when the user does something to prompt it (and make sure robots don't do this). For example, if you're making an ecommerce site, don't make the session for the shopping cart when the user enters the site; create it when they add their first item to their basket."I'll admit a partial defeat here.  His suggestion does mostly work,…

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Jul 18
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: This post is an answer to those who have criticized my unabashed advocation of cloaking as an ethical practice.  I maintain that cloaking, in quite a few cases, is necessary, and far from unethical or black hat.  Here is just one example of the many I will cite over the coming weeks:Cloaking to Avoid a Spider Trap:A long, long time ago people used to be very fearful of cookies.  I'm not sure what it was.  Maybe Al Gore, the inventor of the internet, or some other influential but mindless individual spoke out about their "security risks."  I don't know.  But…

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