Copying a website over FTP quickly using SSH terminal.

Earlier this week, I was presented with a challenge to copy over a website that wasn’t having a control panel like cPanel; and moving it over to cPanel web hosting service provided by Extreme Web Technologies. The traditional approach for such type of migration is to either; archive all the contents if a tool like…… Continue reading Copying a website over FTP quickly using SSH terminal.

Cleaning .class-wp-cache.php WordPress Hacked Site

WordPress websites are commonly compromised to do a variety of malicious behaviours so there isn’t a one fix solution to all the WordPress problems out there. I hope that this quick read helps someone sometime to clear off left behind files from a recent WordPress compromise that I was looking into where I spotted a…… Continue reading Cleaning .class-wp-cache.php WordPress Hacked Site

What is DNS, and why is it important.

Illustration of social media concept

DNS is short for domain name system. It’s at the core of every domain without which nothing on the internet as you know it would work. Every time you browse the web, send an email or make audio/video calls – it relies on the DNS system to know where to send your request to. Think…… Continue reading What is DNS, and why is it important.

What is a web address?

A web address, also called a domain name, is the starting point of a web presence. They’re registered for minimum duration of 1 year upto 5 to 10 years in depending on the extension. A dot TZ can be registered for 5 years where as generic ones like a dot COM can be for 10…… Continue reading What is a web address?

Security Advisory: New Email Scam claiming hackers have your password

Over the past few weeks, some people have received emails from themselves claiming that a hacker has stolen their passwords and hacked their webcam, threatening to expose your data, as well as browsing habits if you do not remit to them some bitcoins valued between $1000-$1500 US dollars. The hackers use publicly exposed data from…… Continue reading Security Advisory: New Email Scam claiming hackers have your password

SSL is no longer optional for your website.

Your website should most likely be labelled with “Not Secure”. What does it mean, and how do you get it fixed? BackgroundNearly two years ago, Google announced that Chrome would eventually start marking all sites that are not encrypted with HTTPS as ‘Not Secure’ as an attempt to motivate site owners to improve the security…… Continue reading SSL is no longer optional for your website.

Preventing email spoofing with SPF

The very first email was sent about 45 years ago, in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. Tomlinson is internationally known and credited as the inventor of email. The Internet Hall of Fame in account of his work commented “His email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate”. Fast forward 45 years… Over…… Continue reading Preventing email spoofing with SPF

Using find to compress new or modified files after a particular date

One of our customers had a unique challenge of moving web servers. Their site was huge, with one directory having over 200GB of images. They opted to do a partial migration, copying over the website as is first before the final switch over. The final switch over required to copy over only the latest files created…… Continue reading Using find to compress new or modified files after a particular date