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Mobilegeddon had come and gone, and the internet is still here! Over the last week or so we have seen so many misleading or outright wrong information about Google’s latest algorithm change that we thought it would be a good idea to set the record straight on a few things.

Shellshock, also known as Bashdoor, is a family of security bugs in the widely used Unix Bash shell, the first of which was disclosed on September 24, 2014. Most web servers, use Bash to process certain commands, allowing an attacker to cause vulnerable versions of Bash to execute arbitrary commands. This can allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to a computer system.

This week, a vulnerability was discovered in encryption software used by the majority of sites on the Internet. This flaw, the Heartbleed Bug, potentially reveals normally encrypted information like passwords and other personal information, to potential attackers. A fix has already been issued for this bug, and the OpenSSL project has also issued a Security Advisory.

New Extension - BNR K2 Comment Notify

Thursday, 11 April 2013 22:22

If you are like most businesses, you have a love/hate relationship with commenting on your website. As attractive as it is to allow users to interact with your site, having the possibility of spammers using your comments or worse, someone posting inappropriate or derogatory remarks about your business is not worth the benefit of allowing comments. This means that you have to have some sort of comment moderation before anything is published on your live site.

For us K2 users, there is no built in comment notification system. For some time, BNR used a third party extension that offered many subscription and notification options. It really did a lot more than we needed, but it worked. Unfortunately, the extension has not been updated for Joomla 2.5 or the latest version of K2 (which has undergone some pretty big changes). So we went without, that is until we finally decided to get off our duff and do it ourselves.

We decided to take the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach and create a plugin that just fills the basic needs of comment notification. After seeing how our clients were using their sites, this is what we came up with -

  1. Make the extension a plugin, no core hacks to Joomla or K2.
  2. Allow the admin to enter and email address or list of addresses to send the notifications to.
  3. Include the content of the comment in the notification so the admin does not have to go looking for it.
  4. Include a link in the email to allow for easy approval of the comment.

See? Simple. Someone leaves a comment, you get an email with everything you need to quickly approve the comment. There are already some features we can think of that would be nice to have, so we'll eventually add more based on the feedback we get from our users, but we think it's a pretty simple way to address the issue without overly complicating the administration of your website.

Oops, they did it again!

Friday, 02 March 2012 23:23

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Facebook is once again changing things up, this time for pages. Over the last year or so Facebook has been migrating pages away from the FBML style to the newer iframe style tabs. Just when you thought you had your Facebook page sorted...

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