Episode 8: Do you know where I am? Ask my Cell Phone.

Mobile Phones and Apps

Episode 8

Do you know where I am? Ask my Cell Phone.

In this episode we talk about Privacy or lack thereof on our cell phones and other mobile devices. Bad apps that track you. Bad apps that don’t respect you. And of course, how the government can use your cell phone to track you because you can’t turn off location tracking 100% on your phone. Did you know Verizon has a Super Cookie to track you and link to your phone for advertisers?

Verizon Wireless and the FCC Settlement

AT&T Drops Super Cookie tracking

Lessons on protecting your privacy on your mobile devices

Supposedly Facebook Doesn’t listen in to your conversations

Wikipedia Entry on Mobile Phone tracking

Reasons why Google Android OS is so fragmented and will it ever be fixed.

And the Hack goes on…

Hacked AgainSo once again my site was hacked. I have verified it was definitely a SQL Inject hack. So I am rattling my brain on the best way to block it. Because of the caching product I use, my original country blocking plugin was only blocking access to the login page for WordPress. I wanted to block it more effectively so I have turned to using a separate country blocking plugin. The hack injected a new entry under “site url” under the wp-options table. So when the page loaded it loaded all of the JavaScript and loaded content from three different sites. So luckily after I compared a previous backup to a new backup and found that the only change I fixed the issue by updating the field in the database.  I have suspicions that they may some how be exploiting a flaw in my theme so it may be time to change themes so don’t be surprised to find a new theme here soon.

I looked through access logs trying to pin point where the hack originated. My eyes are glazing over as I look at all of the different IP addresses that hit my site on a daily basis and my site doesn’t even have that much traffic. Thankfully nothing lost and the fix was easy. But I have had to add additional things to try and harden my site.