Saturday News Roundup #67

In the News

  • The Anchormen were involved in a rollover van crash yesterday, caused by a tire blowout. Members were taken to a hospital for observation as a precaution, but there appeared to be no injuries. (Hat Tips: SL, LP, JfK, and Singing News.)
  • Southern Sound, which has long been run by lead singer Ben Harris, now has a father/son duo handling baritone and bass. Rick Fair, known for stints with the Palmetto State Quartet, the Blackwood Quartet, and others is singing bass, and his son David has just joined to sing baritone.

A note to my blogging colleagues who use WordPress

Over the last two weeks, there has been a major spike in attempts by foreign spambots to hack the admin areas of a number of WordPress sites under my purview. I have been alerted to this by the “Limit Login Attempts” plugin. Not only does it block an IP address after submitting the wrong password for a customizable number of times (default 4, but can be 10 or more)β€”it also sends you an email when an IP is locked out!

It’s worth the five minutes to install and customize this plugin. It’s free, and does what it does so well that I haven’t noticed any competitors.Β It could save your blog.


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  1. I tried to download the plugin, but I need software that opens zip files. Is there a way to download the plugin without having to go buy that software?

    • I just installed it directly from the prompt – you don’t have to download the file.

      • Really? I was going to this URL

        http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/

        And then I clicked on the button that says “Download Version x,” and it was saying, “This is a zip file.” I went to the “installation” tab, and it said the first step was “download and extract” the file. That seems to mean I need the appropriate software.

      • After logging in to your account, at the Dashboard, click Plugins/Add New, then type in the plugin name and search. You should be able to install it directly there.

      • Thanks!

      • Why am I not finding this?

      • Yeah, I’m not seeing “plugins” either. Odd.

      • Oh. You two are probably using the paid WordPress.com version, and that might be restricting you.

        WordPress.org is fully customizable; the free hosting service provided by WordPress.com is only somewhat customizable.

  2. Thanks for the heads-up on the plug-in!

  3. “It could save your blog.” I would hope a Christian blog would already be saved. πŸ˜‰

  4. Rick Fair is also a former member of Hovie Lister & The Statesmen. That’s where I first heard him. He was singing baritone then.

    • Me too, David.

      • (as in first heard him NOT as a member too). πŸ˜€

  5. Oh that’s a bummer. Daniel’s right, it is limited to wordpress.org.

    I think it should be offered for wordpress.com users too, but okay.

    • Plugins change functionality. WordPress.com seeks to offer everyone the same functionality.

      Also, the wrong plugin can be a security risk, and WordPress.com doesn’t want to risk that.

      WordPress.com is run by a for-profit business, Automattic; they provide some sponsorship to the development of the software, but ultimately the software is a free service provided mainly by volunteers.

  6. All right, I took it. Over here Amy. πŸ™‚

    • LOL!

      OK, I’ve been dying to ask how many times this morning you all have strayed over to the back/forward buttons looking for refresh on Firefox 4, and how many times you’ve opened something in a new window instead of a new tab, and if you’ve missed the little down arrow and the back/forward buttons yet.

      Me, I’ve lost count.

      • After 6 or 7 years on Firefox, I switched to Chrome last year. πŸ™‚

        I believe Ctrl-R will refresh in most browsers.

      • Really! I’ve never even installed it. I use Firefox 99% of the time. I’ll do financial/password-sensitive stuff in Safari if the website’s compatible, just to not worry about “clearing the cache” or whatever or to browse the web at the same time.

        IE is around just in case somebody’s website doesn’t work in the other two.

      • I have both IE and Firefox, but I much prefer Firefox. Haven’t given Chrome a try yet.

      • Well, Chrome is the fastest browser out there. Firefox just feels slow after using Chrome! (So does Safari!)

        Also, for someone who works between multiple browsers, the bookmark toolbar / settings / apps / history sync which works easily and by default in Chrome is a huge selling point.

        (Also, Chrome still supports XP. I have an old, old XP laptop which has slowed to an ant’s pace, and Chrome is the only one fast enough to actually load Gmail and some other Javascript or PHP-intensive sites.)

      • I might try it out.

        I recently installed the sync feature on Firefox. It hadn’t been that big a deal for me, but of course once you have something it becomes necessary.

      • It wasn’t really a necessity until I started using a Mac at work and a Win-7 PC and Win-XP laptop at home. That’s when it became a big deal!

      • Hmmm… I think I have an XP. πŸ˜‰