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How to Secure A CMS Website?

Everyone hates security. Security means extra work. Lots of it. You need to monitor security announcements, apply tedious upgrades (even though they may break your site), and review plugins carefully before you install them. No fun.

But what's the alternative? A broken or compromised site. You want your homepage to stay the way you left it, right? Not get defaced by a Mongolian teenager? Then you'll need to learn about security.

Get Security Announcements

The first step to staying secure is staying informed. Any good CMS, and any good extension, will have regular security updates. But they won't do you any good if you don't hear about them. Learn how to find and subscribe to security announcements for every moving part in your website.

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Why is it important to update your CMS?

A CMS is not a book. You write a book, you publish it, and there it is, a lovely block of paper. It's done. It can endure for centuries.

By contrast, a CMS is never done. If you don't keep upgrading your CMS, you risk losing your site.

Websites, Like Cars, Need Maintenance

Many people think of websites as a one-time expense. They want to pay a developer, get a nice website "built," and then move on. But that's not how it works.

A website needs to be maintained.

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How to Deduct Your Website Costs Before Writing the Check

Having a good website can be the difference between staying in business or failure…Having an incredible website can be the difference in making significant profits rather than just keeping the doors open.

As such, we as business owners spend a lot of money purchasing, developing, modifying and updating our websites on a regular basis.

One may think that you simply put your website costs on a line item called “website expenses”, then file your tax return and forget about… regrettably it’s not that simple.

You may be surprised to learn that the IRS has still not yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted.

Fortunately, established rules that apply to deducting business costs in general, and formal IRS guidance that applies to software costs in particular (the “software guidelines”), provide a taxpayer launching a business website with some guidance as to the proper treatment of the costs. Here are a few categories your website costs may fall within and a brief discussion of some relevant principles:

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Drupal drips out ten new patches, one worthy of immediate attention

Version 6.0 sent to code heaven, where old open source projects frolic among unicorns

Drupal has patched 10 holes in its platform that allow attackers to do things like access blocked resources and gain remote code execution.

The world's second-most-popular content management system also sent its sixth version to end-of-life status.

Six of the flaws are considered moderately severe and three minor for affected versions six, seven, and eight.

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Top daily DDoS attacks worldwide

 

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.

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