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Keeping your WordPress Website Safe: Internet Security

Getting Screwed over Internet Security

It is something over the top and highly complicated, but then it’s all about right protection of your data and system. One may be screwed if nothing is done to protect oneself and the Internet has always been a war between Good guys and Bad guys. Something that we also call as Ethical Hackers and the Criminal Hackers which can be good at times and bad at times.

They have pretty much the same work and possess similar knowledge. All that’s different is their motive, their approach towards something. Recently there was news of WordPress sites under attack from new Zero-Day in WP Mobile Detector Plugin. The WP mobile detector plugin is an effective tool that simply detects mobile users visiting a site and allows webmasters to load a specific mobile-friendly theme.

The Attack by a WP Mobile Plugin

The attackers used this plugin to upload backdoor scripts on WordPress sites in such a way that it would show adult-themed SEO spams on it. Such affected websites would cause severe deterioration of website value among the market.

This kind of vulnerability that came almost after 20 years the PHP coding started is a very serious concern. Something of this extent where an attacker can easily upload any file on the WP site calls upon the basic lessons on file upload security.

Averted a Severe Vulnerability

It is scaring for many who have their websites based on WordPress. But it should be learned that a much dreadful attack was averted by many developers who notified about this loophole to Developer and later to the WordPress Plugins Directory.

The action was swift and WordPress has not only removed the plug-in from the directory but also released it Version 3.6 which had this vulnerability fixed. By the time plugin was removed, it had more than 10 thousand installs but after the update, it has only a bit more than 1000.

The similar code like the Zero-Day was also found in another plugin called ImageMagick which is used to directly or indirectly resize the images uploaded by the end users. There is no panic as security firms like Sucuri have confirmed there is a connection between the two vulnerabilities.

Yet, one thing is for sure, how hard one may try but it is sure going to be attacked yet one has to be ready and prepared for any type of vulnerabilities.

Any guesses who is the manufacturer of Iphone 7 Camera Module?

LG will also contribute in manufacturing camera modules for the iPhone 7 family because of the short supply from Sony. All the variants of iPhone 7 will feature optical image stabilization.

As the day of iPhone 7 launch is nearing, the rumor mill is also starting to catch more speed in releasing leaks and reports about the next family of iPhones, iPhone 7. There have been rumors that iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will feature a dual camera engaged with OIS at its back and the regular iPhone 7 will feature a single lens traditional camera without OIS.

 However, according to the latest reports according to the Normura Securities analyst Christ Chang claims that both the iPhone 7 variants will feature optical image stabilizations (OIS). OIS will result in better quality photos and videos, especially in the case of low light photography and video capture.

Another rumor about the camera of the next iPhones is that Sony has failed to provide the sufficient number of camera modules for the iPhone 7 family so Apple has indeed made a deal with LG for the solution. Now, LG and Sony will be joining hands to manufacture the camera lens for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to meet the requirement.

Though the three big ventures (Apple, Sony, and LG) must assure that all the lens must be of the same quality as camera quality is one of the biggest measures because of which people like the expensive device (Yes, yes obviously; the other being the “because it’s an iPhone”).

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Most Trending PHP Frameworks in 2016

Development of software applications is always a complex and a time consuming process. But thanks to those high-end PHP frameworks, that developing an agile application has now become easier and faster. That much needed app maintenance and scalability is now possible with the set of these highly functional frameworks, which compiles well with all the development standards and keeps your code organized, in a way, helping your application to evolve and grow over the time.

Number 1 – Laravel

Laravel is one of the top trending open source development frameworks for PHP technologies. This is specifically designed for web application development based on MVC structure. Laravel is one of the most popular clean & classy PHP frameworks. Laravel development facilitates creating best applications by making use of simple and expressive syntax. Laravel allows a creation of web applications with optimum ease.

Laravel Framework Benefits

  • Bundles provide Laravel with a modular packaging system
  • Class auto loading provides automated loading of PHP classes, without the need for manual maintenance of inclusion paths.
  • Easily multilingual
  • Unit testing is one of the most important aspects at Laravel, which itself has a large number of tests for detecting and preventing regressions.

Number 2 – Yii Framework

Yii is a high performance feature rich framework that mainly lets you focus on the beautifulness of the code while doing the entire grunge work completely behind the scenes. A lot of things in Yii happen automatically but still the learning curve is slightly steeper.

Yii Framework Benefits

  • Security at its best with Yii. From input validation and output filtering to SQL injection attacks and cross-site scripting (XSS) prevention, it offers everything to ensure your application is safe and secure.
  • Provides excellent support for writing and running both unit tests and functionality tests, which are prominently based on PHP Unit and Selenium.
  • Has a built in authentication support that is facilitated via RBAC (Role Based Access Control).
  • Well integrated with JQuery and comes bundled with major Ajax enabled widgets like auto completion input field, Treeview, Data Grid etc that lets you write highly efficient and versatile UI.

Number 3 – CakePHP 3.0

Considered as a contemporary framework for PHP development, CakePHP 3.0 comes loaded with remarkable features including enhanced components and helpers, improved session management, improved consistency of conventions, ORM improvements and many more. CakePHP 3.0 comes with increased modularity, allowing you to create more standalone libraries in addition to reducing coupling. Plus, there are tools like PSR-0, PSR-1 and composer which have helped in improving the interoperability.

CakePHP 3.0 Framework Benefits

  • Good code generation and scaffolding features that rapidly build prototypes to suit all your needs
  • No complicated XML/YAML file configurations to set up databases Perfectly suited for commercial applications Immense Built functionalities like Translation access, database access, caching, validation and authentication
  • Securing your App from antisocial elements through CSRF protection, form tampering protection, SQL injection prevention, XSS prevention.

The Final Note

With these 3 handy PHP frameworks at your disposal, I’m sure it’d become comfortable for you to come up with web applications that are truly amazing and able to impress the targeted audience.

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Voice of latest advancement in Telecommunication – VoIP Technology

The huge world has shorten her distance tremendously traversing from ‘Rotary Dial’ analog phone to ‘Push button’ analog phones to ‘Digital Key’ phones followed by ‘IP-enabled’ phones. Eventually world move from first of Graham
Bell’s analog phone used for communicating over analog lines to Alon Cohen founded Vocaltec Inc.’s first of IP technology enabled IP phone (named Internet Phone) communicating over Internet(data network).

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is a technology that allows one to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (analog) phone line.

Why use VoIP?

-Lower Cost .

-Long distance calling.

-Increased Functionality.

-Voicemail feature and many advanced features and functionalities.

What it needs to access VoIP technology?

An Internet connection with a calling application on one’s computer or Special VoIP phone or a traditional phone connected to a special adapter which leads to communication over VoIP.

How Internet Voice/VoIP works?

VoIP services convert voice into a digital signal that commutes over the Internet. If one is calling a regular phone number, the signal is converted to a regular telephone signal before it reaches the destination.

Few VoIP Softwares:

Skype , Viber, Google Hangouts, Jitsi, Micro SIP, TeamSpeak, TeamTalk, Line,iTel switch, iTel IM dialer, SyncSwitch , CoolDialer and many more…

Few VoIP Software solution providers:

3CX, SBO, Bicom Systems, REVE systems, Matrix telecom, AVA Communications, SoftSwitch, ALTO Telecom, Zaplee LLC, VoIP Supply and many more..

No matter which way you look at it, VoIP has had a dramatic impact on the way we communicate today. As to other way out when mobile communications may always be dominated by Cell towers and Data plans; Home and mainly Business phone systems are becoming reliant on IP phone technology to its best.

Eyeing to current scenario ,It’s safe to say that VoIP represents the future of Home and Business phone service with lot more advancement to come , and it’s a testament to AlonCohen’s brilliance that he saw the direction of wind that was about to blow…almost 25 years ago !!!

Wrapping Up

Here comes an end to penning down important details of VOIP Technology. I know being an VoIP developer you come across the dilemma to choose VoIP as a technology.

5 Genuine Reasons to Choose PHP over ASP.Net

There has always been a conflict when it comes to choosing between ASP.Net and PHP for web development. Which one do you think is better?

If you ask the programmers, they will again bury themselves in confusion as they are unsure of which is more comfortable to work with or which the one that offers more features is. The debate is still on.

PHP is one of the widely used scripting languages, and developers are addicted to it. On the other hand, we have ASP.NET language that has Microsoft as its backup bearer and can be operated across any .NET supported language.

But the ultimate decision is yours. If you are the one in need of the project, then, you are the one who needs to determine whether PHP suits your needs or whether you need to develop your project on the .NET platform?

So, here we will examine the features and benefits of using both that will help you decide which would suit the requirements of your project:

PHP is Hypertext Preprocessor language. It has grabbed all hearts over the internet for the beautiful learning curve that it offers. And, also it has a large developer community following.

One of the amazing facts about PHP is that it has been installed across 244 million websites. And, another exciting fact is that it is free of cost and is compiled with a number of frameworks which makes website development easy.

I could not think of a better example than WordPress and Facebook as PHP has powered these.

Now, let us discuss what makes ASP.Net so popular?

ASP.NET being a web framework is also a scripting tool developed by the Microsoft to help developers build web pages and applications for the web.

When using ASP.Net, you are at the advantage of using any .NET programming languages to code.

MySpace and are the examples for the magic of ASP.Net.

As we discussed you now know that ASP.NET is used with programming languages now let us examine what are the pros and cons of using PHP and ASP.Net:

  1. Costs:

It is not a new fact that PHP is free of cost, and as you know ASP.Net is a Microsoft product and hence comes with certain charges.

What are the relative costs when using ASP.Net?

  • Buying Windows is an expensive affair:

Developers are aware of the fact that development using ASP.Net is possible only on Windows. It has been designed to work on Windows.

It cannot be a problem to most developers. If you are using operating systems such as the MAC or Linux, you may use the Mono Project  to work with ASP.Net on your system.

  • Windows hosting:

If we turn back in time, it can be observed that when Windows is used for hosting it is costlier than web hosting done using Linux.

But, now the situation is different. You can easily get the hosting done using Windows as the hosting costs are more or less similar when compared to Linux web hosting charges.

  • Integrated Development Environment:

The most widely used IDE for ASP.Net is Visual Studio. Microsoft’s free version of Visual Studio is called as Visual Express.

Some simple things to keep in mind while using either of them for your web development purpose has been stated below:

Regardless of whether you are planning to use PHP or ASP.Net, you need to compile each of them into certain groups as specified below:

  • The first form of combination using PHP comprises of Linux OS, My SQL Server, Apache Server and PostgreSQL Server. If you are planning to use this group, then there is more news that will excite you. This group is available for free. There are no hidden charges, and you can even seek the license for free.
  • The second combination for PHP is not free. It comes with a considerable amount of fees. This group comprises of Apache, MySQL, PHP and Linux. This combination is one of the widely used ones, but unlike the Windows server, you can get the optimization done with Linux server at comparatively lower charges.

From the perspective of cost-effectiveness, PHP is the recommended programming language.

  1. Performance:

What is meant by the performance capability of web applications? It is usually determined by how well the interaction between the database, the script and the server is taking place.

Whenever you are planting a web application in PHP, it will take the LAMP form and by LAMP, we mean Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. The LAMP stack ensures an enhanced performance which is all that you are looking for during web development.

MSSQL is the database that is used in combination with ASP.NET.

The OS and file system that is used on the server profoundly impact the performance. A fact is that Linux Operating System and ext4 file system offer a higher I/O performance when compared to Windows and NTFS file system.

Here, we can conclude that a PHP application that runs on Linux OS has chances of performing better than an ASP.Net application that is hosted on a Windows OS.

This means that the performance and speed of a framework of the platform are interrelated. Regardless of which platform or programming language you are using for developing web applications, you need to bear in mind that the speed of communication between the server and the time taken by the browser to open are closely related.

So, when does the speed get affected?

There are three kinds of scenario across which the speed of the platform can be tested:

The first time you can note the speed is when your website communicates with the server. Here, we will not test the platform speed but what matters is the speed of the backend database servers.

Now, what happens is while the web application tries to interact with the database file that is embedded in the file system utilizes the speed of the OS on which it is working.

As we have already discussed that ASP.Net is a framework and has its functionalities limited to the Windows-based platform, but the scenario is different with PHP as it works across all operating systems no matter what. One of the reasons is that it is open sourced.

Speed and performance are the two advantages that you can enjoy over the servers when using PHP, unlike ASP.Net that exhibits a poor performance.

But PHP or for that matter no programming languages could provide the speed and efficiency of ASP.NET when it comes to code compilation and execution.

  1. Scalability: Which is better?

When it comes to the scalability factor, we can find that both PHP and ASP.Net are highly scalable. It depends on how proficient the developer is when using either of them.

The most heavily trafficked site in the world is MySpace built on PHP and Facebook; this popular Social Media network uses ASP.Net.

  1. Support:

As we have already discussed PHP is one of the scripting languages that is free of cost. It is open source, and also the developer’s community keeps on contributing to the PHP network.

  1. Tools and Editors:

I have observed that most of the PHP developers love to use text editors such as the VIMand Notepad++, rather than implementing a full-fledged IDE.

But, if you prefer to work with an IDE while using PHP, then you will get strong support from editors such as the Eclipse, which is absolutely free of cost.

As you know, ASP.Net is backed up by a variety of IDE’s, but you can use it with Microsoft Visual Studio. It is not free but has ample of features and is one of the most flexible IDEs.

This means that if you have some money to invest then choose ASP.Net for your needs.

How easy it is to learn?

When it comes to learning as a beginner, you might find it difficult to acquaint yourself with ASP.Net as it is written in C#, which is derived from C and as we know the syntax of C is complicated and difficult to interpret no matter, however, proficient the programmer is, they struggle.

PHP is simple and easy to learn as there are only a few lines of code that you need to work upon.

So, who wins?

PHP or ASP.Net?

What’s your answer? From my inferences, I would prefer PHP for a large number of features that it offers. And, also it is free of cost, unlike ASP.Net which will tear your pocket.

Which is the programming language that you use for developing web applications?

Share your thoughts, suggestions and feedback with us.

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