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WordPress Comprises 90% of Hacked Sites: Report

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WordPress accounts for the vast majority of compromised CMS platforms, with vulnerable plugins the prime attack vector, Sucuri has revealed in a new report.

The GoDaddy-owned security vendor analyzed 18,302 infected websites and over 4.4m cleaned files to compile its latest Hacked Website Trend report.

It revealed that WordPress accounted for 90% of hacked websites in 2018, up from 83% in 2018. There was a steep drop before Magento (4.6%) and Joomla (4.3%) in second and third. The latter two had dropped from figures of 6.5% and 13.1% respectively in 2017.

The problems associated with WordPress appeared not to have come from users running old versions of the platform. In fact, just 37% of infected sites on this platform were outdated, versus 97% for PrestaShop, 91% for OpenCart and 87.5% for Joomla.

“This data demonstrates that the work WordPress continues to do with auto-updates has a material impact. The one area that requires considerable attention, however, are the extensible components of the platform such as plugins,” said Sucuri.

“These extensible components are the real attack vectors affecting tens of thousands of sites a year. The primary attack vector abused when infecting WordPress are plugins with known and unknown vulnerabilities. This makes the role of third-party components more significant for this CMS.”

The firm also warned that e-commerce sites like those running on PrestaShop and OpenCart have an obligation under PCI DSS to improve security.

“Attackers have a high interest in targeting e-commerce websites with valuable customer data i.e. credit card and user information,” explained Sucuri. “It’s imperative these website owners update their software to ensure their sites have the latest security enhancements and vulnerability patches.”

The vendor highlighted several security challenges leading to risk exposure, including: backwards compatibility problems; reuse of leaked passwords; cross-site contamination; customized deployments; use of pirated software containing backdoors; and a lack of security knowledge and resources.

In 2018, 68% of all clean-up requests dealt with by the vendor contained at least one hidden PHP-based backdoor.

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Facebook Messenger finally adds quoted replies

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Today Facebook Messenger has added a sorely missing feature – quoted replies. This allows you to reply to a specific message in a conversation, and is incredibly helpful when you’re engaged in chats that have a big range of topics. Using the new feature, the people you’re talking to will now know exactly what you were replying to with that “LOL”, for example.

This has been a feature in WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook, for a very long time, and it’s always been sort of a baffling omission in Messenger. So it’s good to finally see it there too.

In order to quote a specific message, long tap on it and you’ll see a new Reply button to the right of the reaction emojis. Tap that, write your reply, and, just like in WhatsApp, the message you’re replying to will appear above your reply. Easy. This potentially means you’ll have less misunderstandings with your friends as to which message was referencing what.

The feature is rolling out now on both iOS and Android.

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How Opera’s New VPN Feature Further Cements its Position as Nigeria’s Most Preferred Browser

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Opera, one of the world’s most popular mobile web browsers, has announced the inclusion of a useful VPN function. The Norwegian browser maker recently revealed the new VPN feature will be included in the app update for the Android.

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A VPN is a secure way to send and receive data across the internet. It creates a secure, encrypted tunnel between a user’s device and the VPN server. VPNs help protect users from interception, snooping, and even censorship. Basically, anybody who tries to hack data being sent over a VPN server will see only gibberish.

Most VPNs are neither free nor unlimited. The free ones are more or less limited because they keep a monthly or daily data cap for users.

Now the introduction of a VPN into the Opera Android browser officially cements the browser as the best. The new VPN feature had me comparing mobile browsers to see how each of them stacked up compared with Opera.

Opera, one of the world’s most popular mobile web browsers, has announced the inclusion of a useful VPN function.

For one thing, Opera is the first browser to introduce the feature as an in-app function. The VPN feature is free to use and does not come with any data cap or even log management feature that usually threatens user privacy.

The feature plays nicely with the browser’s other existing user-friendly features. For instance, the browser has always come with several features that make browsing the web extremely fast. Opera also includes a powerful adblocker which helps to make browsing less cluttered.

In Africa, Opera controls 20.72% of the browser market and in Nigeria, it holds a whopping 51.18% market share. And it is features like this that makes Opera the most popular browser in Nigeria and Africa.

Meanwhile, other browsers like Google and Mozilla’s Firefox have talked heavily about adblockers and other features, but they have been quite slow to introduce them.

Google Chrome browser has a nasty reputation for consuming much RAM and takes up too much space. But it is pretty cool and supports advanced features and browsing.

But Opera still has a few things to work on though. For instance, the app frequently bloats users’ browsing experience with disruptive ads which is quite ironic since it is supposed to naturally blocks ads. Getting this fixed will certainly be a plus for users.

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Samsung confirms the Galaxy S10 5G release date is April 5

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Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy S10 5G release date today. It was initially supposed to release the device by the end of this month. The release had to be delayed due to ongoing discussions between carrier partners and the South Korean government. The company today confirmed that it will release the first 5G-enabled device on April 5 in South Korea.

There will not be any pre-order program for the device, Yonhap News reports. The Galaxy S10 5G is also expected to release in the United States in April. It will initially be exclusive to Verizon in the country. The carrier has confirmed that its mobile 5G network will launch on April 11.

Samsung once again aims for the world’s first title

After launching the world’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is now eyeing the title of putting the world’s first 5G smartphone on the market. Verizon is gearing up for the launch of its mobile 5G service on Motorola’s Moto Z3 in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. That device doesn’t have an integrated 5G modem like the Galaxy S10 5G. Customers will be required to purchase the 5G Moto Mod if they want to use the phone on a 5G network.

Samsung will comfortably beat it to market when its 5G flagship launches on April 5. The device has already passed the signal verification test from South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency. It was reported yesterday that the South Korean government was hastening the launch of 5G services in the country after Verizon announced the April 11 date. It really wants South Korea to be the first country in the world to have commercial mobile 5G.

Although Samsung hasn’t yet revealed the pricing of the Galaxy S10 5G, industry watchers expect it to cost around 1.5 million won ($1,332) in South Korea. Launch offers include free Galaxy Buds and a wireless charger for the customers who register the phone from April 5-16. Samsung is also offering a 50% discount on one-time screen replacement with the validity of 1 year.

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