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PHP5.3 Update and Joomla Websites


27 Aug 2012

PHP5.3 has been around for a while now, but most server owners and administrators (hosting companies for most people) have only changed over to PHP5.3 now. This has caused the following errors for some people, and although we have future proofed most of our clients sites, some older sites, or those without ongoing work may have slipped through the gaps. We are also aware this change may affect other web developers, and want to provide a few tips for everyone to get through this change, something which only really happens every 18-36 months.


Avoiding Phishing - Our 10 Point Checklist


13 Dec 2010

We would like to reiterate the concerns of the National Consumer Association when they noted the increase in telephone scams, with apparent representatives of Microsoft calling up and saying there is a virus on your PC / Laptop / Mobile device. There is no way Microsoft or any other company can possibly track infections on computers, unless they themselves have infected your computer. Please always follow our checklist when it comes to phishing:


Hackers Aren't Always Your Enemies


27 Sep 2010

I know this is a concept that will make many web developers drop their black morning coffees in horror, but hackers can help realise the true capabilities, and often more importantly, true capacities of your website.


Google Adwords Scam Threatens All Google Users


12 Apr 2010

Have you received this email?, check the URL of the links contained within, if they do not point exactly to (and then followed by the relative link after the delete the email immediately or report it to Google if possible.

Do not visit the site, and do NOT login to your account at this or similar non sites.

Read below to find out more about the risks.



Revenue Ireland Email Scams


12 Mar 2010

Reposted from:

Warning: Further Email Scam

The Revenue Commissioners have today (10/03/10) warned of another fraudulent email purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund. This phishing email is headed "Revenue Irish Tax & Customs" advising recipients that "you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 734.21 euro" and links to a convincing reproduction of the website. This is a repeat of the phishing scam of 24/02/2010.

Recipients are asked to submit personal details including date of birth and debit/credit card details. This email, which is the latest in a succession of scams targeting Irish taxpayers, did not issue from Revenue.

The Revenue Commissioners never send emails which require customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows.

Anyone who receives an email purporting to be from Revenue and suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it. Anyone who is actually awaiting a tax refund should contact their local Revenue Office to check its status.

Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

Please see our Security warning ( for further information.



Is Your IT and Online Security Foolproof


11 Feb 2010

When you turn off the lights at night in your workplace, do you worry about your husiness being robbed? - If so, imagine it happening right before your eyes in broad daylight.

When you don't put proper steps in place to prevent data fraud, that is exactly what happens. What's worse is that it can happen in the middle of the day, without you knowing. Suddenly all your clients financial details, your secure files and even your employees confidential data, stored on your servers and computers could be in the public domain - and if you haven't tried your best to keep everything as secure as possible and things go wrong, you could be facing prosecution.