Feats of strength

We stopped to watch this performance at Disney's Animal Kingdom on a recent visit and I was blown away by the sheer amount of strength it would take to do the various formations in their routine. This one though....unbelievable! Notice that the man in blue is supporting himself with just the palm of his hand … Continue reading Feats of strength

Enough is enough – it’s time to do something about the epidemic of US mass shootings

I normally do not post certain types of things on my blog or on social media, like political messages, but today I feel compelled. I've been thinking for the last few days about the most recent school shooting in Parkland, and my overwhelming emotion right after grief is rage. I am so angry it makes … Continue reading Enough is enough – it’s time to do something about the epidemic of US mass shootings

My new favorite browser extension (perfect for readers)

I can't remember now where I came across a mention of this super-handy browser extension but I suspect it was one of my co-workers. I wish I could give you credit here, Unknown Helpful Person, but alas, my memory has failed me. Edit: Unknown Helpful Person has been identified, yay! And as I suspected, it's … Continue reading My new favorite browser extension (perfect for readers)

Website Content vs Theme: Make Sure You Have Them in the Right Order

This post, featuring an interview with Otto (Samuel Wood), offers some interesting advice and information on using WordPress in general, but a few points resonate in particular with me regarding content. In my former role at an ad agency and in my current role as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I've come to believe that … Continue reading Website Content vs Theme: Make Sure You Have Them in the Right Order

Domain Registrar Suspended by ICANN

One of my co-workers shared this link a few days ago regarding an ICANN suspension notice for Domain Registry of America aka Brandon Gray Internet Services aka NameJuice. Several other aka's are listed at the end of the article. Looks like these folks have been "subjecting Registered Name Holders to false advertising, deceptive practices, or … Continue reading Domain Registrar Suspended by ICANN

Heartbleed Security Update

Here’s the latest update on the Heartbleed bug from WordPress.com:

WordPress.com News

Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed.  OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites.  This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and encryption keys.

Was WordPress.com vulnerable to Heartbleed?

Yes. WordPress.com servers were running the latest version of OpenSSL, which was vulnerable. We generally run the latest version of OpenSSL to enable performance enhancements, such as SPDY, for our users. The non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL were over two years old.

Has WordPress.com fixed the issue?

Yes. We patched all of our servers within a few hours of the public disclosure.

Has WordPress.com replaced all SSL certificates and private keys?

Yes. Out of an abundance of caution, we have replaced all of our SSL certificates, along with regenerating all of the associated…

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