Lenovo Computers – Backdoor Security Risk?

So it turns out that a few government agencies have reason to believe that Lenovo computers have added security concerns (Lenovo is partly owned by a subsidiary of the Chinese government, and some backdoors have been found on Lenovo machines).  After doing some due diligence (and becoming convinced that this concern is legit and not merely some anti-Chinese protectionist maneuver) I have decided to take my newly-purchased Lenovo and got me a much higher-powered Dell.

I hasten to add that this means that Lenovo machines are entirely unsecured and Dell machines are a guarantee against any hack.  Far from it, I would argue that this is merely a game of security threat potential.  The Lenovo machine simply had a higher likelihood of being compromised.  And even this may be overstated, as I am not someone who the Chinese government would have any interest in compromising my machine (I am not a CEO of a large company, nor some government official).

But in this day and age, Cybersecurity can’t be taken too lightly.


Securing your wordpress site

WordPress has become a popular platform for blogs and even full websites.  Its scalability allows for everything from basic blogging, to full-scale e-commerce sites.  But like all things popular on the web, it is a favorite target for hackers.

Rule #1: Update – keep your WP version current!

Make sure you are keeping your WP version relatively current (by this I mean the WP software that you can download and host, not your blog that’s hosted ON wordpress.com, like this blog–in this case, your blog is updated BY wordpress and you don’t have to worry about it).  Older builds stop being supported and become easier and easier to exploit.  If you’re using a ton of plugins then updating every time a new build becomes available may not be an option for you, as plugin developers don’t always update right away.  Nevertheless, stay as current as possible.

Rule #2: Don’t use easy logins and passwords (ie. login: admin, passowrd: 12345).

Weak passwords are easily hacked.

Rule #3: Read The Definitive Guide to WordPress Security