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Dave Barnhart
Thought-leader in leveraging social media for small businesses growth, gourmet chef, Typepad Guru.
Interests: my hobbies include gourmet cooking and playing the 5-string banjo.
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When I talk to bloggers and website owners about the important of security, I'm often asked: "Why would hackers picking on my obscure little blog?" Your blog or website is not specifically being targeted. The attacker is using a bot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
A brute-force attack is one in which the attacker tries to guess your login credentials. These attacks are almost always automated. Not long ago I woke up one morning to see that there had been ten thousand brute-force attacks against... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
Business Blogging Pros and Klaroty Strategic Marketing welcome Mark Allen Roberts as a returning client. We created a website for Mark and his company, No Smoke And Mirrors a few years ago. Our SEO research and strategies put him at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
I woke up this morning to an alert from Wordfence that one of the administrators of a client's website logged in overnight from Istanbul Turkey. I know for a fact this particular gentleman is not in Istanbul right now. How... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
Have you ever discovered that a long-time friend has suddenly unfriended you, blocked you on Twitter and other social media, and no longer responds to your emails? You’ve been ghosted. When it happens to you personally, you feel hurt and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
Have you checked out Periscope yet? Periscope is the new video streaming app from Twitter. (to be precise, Twitter bought Periscope) Download the Periscope app to your Android or iPhone, sign in with your Twitter account and you are al... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
While I have all my notes and recordings from Muriel Fischer, I thought I would start with Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks. Working my way through the introductory chapter on Pronunciation. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Seall air Spot a'ruith !
Ok, this is it. As you can see, I haven't spent any time in the past FOUR YEARS learning Gaelic. I'm disappointed in myself. Today I was listening to Donnie Murdo MacLeod sing Màiri Nighean Alasdair, a Gàidhlig love song. It was so beautiful. So I decided. Starting today. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Seall air Spot a'ruith !
This is not really blogging or social media related but I wanted to pass this along. I was a long-time user of GoToMeeting. I primarily use it for webinars and for screen sharing during a one-to-one meeting with a client.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
I saw this while examining the Wordfence 404 log on a client's site this morning: Those URLs with ?author=[number] is the hacker trying to learn the usernames of the website's authors. Once the username is know then the hacker can... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
One of the tactics that hackers use is to fish for vulnerabilities. For example, you may see this in your logs: You may see that and say, "I don't have GravityForms installed." There is a known vulnerability in older... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
I was studying the logs from one of my WordPress websites the other day and it dawned on me that logging and tracking 404 (File Not Found) errors is one of the keys to preventing an attack. For example, here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
You can no longer ignore mobile. I'm starting to see notifications like this one forsome of my blogs: This should be an early warning that it is time to begin migrating your website/blog to a responsive theme. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
Jetpack is a wonderful Press plugin offered by It provides a lot of features but has one big fault: It relies up XMLRPC. XMLRPC is a computer-to-computer communications method. The WordPress iPhone app uses it to allow you to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Business Blogging Pros
It is September 13. I've just come up out of the bunker and see that the world still exists. ISIS did not contact the Nazis at their secret base on the back side of the moon and convince them to radio-control Nibiru to crash into the Earth. Elvis did not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Binary Bunker
I saw the Apple Watch announcement and was so impressed that I immediately ordered a real watch. No, it's not a Rolex. I's a Steinhart. German engineered with a Swiss movement, but that's not the point. I have not worn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Situated in the Scottish Highlands on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet lies Eilean Donan, probably the most iconic castle in Scotland. Almost everything about Eilean Donan is unique and noteworthy, and one of those... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
I visited a website today (I'm not going to say who or show a screenshot - I don't want to embarrass them) on which the only thing shown above the fold was the company's logo on a nice solid-colored background.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Free for the first ten people who send me an email at dbarnhart AT businessbloggingpros DOT com. Include your first and last name and the subject "Free Wordpress Security Course". A couple of days ago a hacker made 6544 brute-force... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
More often than not, we hear a one-size-fits-all answer to the question "How often should I blog?" The real answer is "It depends." Who is your intended audience? What are your blogging goals? If you have a brand new blog... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Face it: Those of us using WordPress need to start paying more attention to security. The days of 'set-and-forget' are long gone. WordPress has become the low-hanging fuit for hackers. Automated bots scour the internet looking for vulnerable WordPress websites.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
I once had a personal growth coach describe what she does for her clients: "I help people overcome 'timid living'". Except that I bet her clients never called it 'timid living'. It reminded me of this cartoon by Hugh MacLeod,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
I was recently approached by a good friend for whom I've done work in the past. Knowing our heavy-duty expertise in WordPress custom development, he came to me for a new website for his organization. His organization is a club,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
Short Version: Delete unused themes and plugins from your WordPress website, particularly those that are automatically installed by WordPress. Long Version: Do you have a WordPress website? So so then go to your web browser and enter this (replace ''... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros
A few days ago I stumbled across an ad for a piece of software deigned to create bunches and gobs of backlinks (inbound links) to your website or blog. I dug a little deeper and discovered that it builds links... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Business Blogging Pros