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Shared Hosting Password Policy Change
Posted by Lee Blakely on 22 February 2020 01:55 PM

Due to increasing problems with malicious spammers it is vital to all of our clients that email and SFTP accounts be properly protected. Effective immediately for all new accounts and all password changes will require a strong password. Passwords must be at least 8 characters in length and contain at least one occurrence of upper and lower-case characters, digits, and special characters. For example "P@ssw0rd12".  Such passwords provide strong protection from brute-force attacks and minimize the risk of your email or SFTP account being compromised. We realize that this can be annoying but it is unavoidable given the aggressiveness of spammers and the damage to all customers that a single compromised account can create.


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Address Change
Posted by Lee Blakely on 12 October 2017 11:33 PM

Reliable Penguin's postal address is changing. Here's the new address:

Reliable Penguin, Inc
PO Box No. 2236
Davidson, NC 28036

This address should be used for all payments and other correspondence.


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Important - Content Injection Vulnerability in WordPress
Posted by Lee Blakely on 01 February 2017 10:48 PM

Sucuri released today details of a new vulnerability in WordPress. Full details can be found here:

If you are running WordPress 4.7.1 then it is critical that you update immediately to 4.7.2. For older WordPress versions, if you have the REST API enabled then you also need to upgrade.

Contact Reliable Penguin at if you need assistance.


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Imminent: Non-HTTPS Sites Labeled “Not Secure” by Chrome
Posted by Lee Blakely on 17 January 2017 05:45 PM

In the next few weeks, Chrome version 56 will be released. This release will continue the process of pushing users to HTTPS by labelling sites and form fields as non-secure in certian cases. This is an important change that all site owners should be aware of. WordFence has a greate article on the subject:

If you need assistance adding SSL/HTTPS to you website please open a support ticket.

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Magento - Zend Framework Vulnerability
Posted by Lee Blakely on 14 January 2017 08:59 PM

The Magento Team has released the following accouncement about an serious vulnerability:

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Adjust Mail Settings to Protect Your Sites
A new vulnerability has been found in a Zend Framework 1 and 2 email component . The component is used by all Magento 1 and Magento 2 software and other PHP solutions. This vulnerability is serious and can lead to a remote code execution attack if your servers use Sendmail as a mail transport agent. 

Review our Magento Security Center posting to learn how you can protect your sites from this vulnerability. Until patches are available in the next several weeks, we recommend you immediately update your mail settings. 

Please note that we’ve checked all Enterprise Cloud Edition sites and they are not affected by this issue. 

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter. 

Best regards,
The Magento Team
© Magento 2017

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8 Vulnerabilities Fixed in WordPress 4.7.1 Release
Posted by Lee Blakely on 13 January 2017 05:50 PM

WordPress 4.7.1 was released on Wednesday, fixing 8 security vulnerabilitie. Your site should have been automatically updated by now if you have a default WordPress configuration. If your site has not been updated, we recommend that you upgrade at your earliest convenience.

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