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Solution for slow SSH login in CentOS 6

SSH login is typically slow in CentOS 6 + because they have added another security feature, the SSH server will do a reverse DNS again for any incoming connection, this will delay connection up to 13 seconds, to avoid this:

 

Edit SSH configuration!

/etc/ssh/sshd_config

 

Find  #useDNS yes and change it to no
#useDNS yes

Change to
useDNS no

 

Also since we don’t have any working ipv6 dns servers or network, setting AddressFamily to inet + disabling GSSAPIAuthentication on both the client and server completely solved the problem.

 

#AddressFamily inet
#ListenAddress 127.0.0.1

 

#GSSAPIAuthentication no

 

After making edits to /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Make sure to restart the sshd service
Service sshd restart

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

 

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.

 

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when I wrote my original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further!
This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

 

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

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Contact Form 7

 

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

 

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

 

https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

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Wordfence Security

 

Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. We do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.

 

Wordfence Security is 100% free. We also offer a Premium API key that gives you access to our premium support ticketing system at support.wordfence.com along with two factor authentication via SMS, country blocking and the ability to schedule scans for specific times

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

 

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WordPress Limit Login Attempts

 

With this plugin, you can limit user’s attempts to log in to your website and, consequently, block the user for a certain period of time. Apart from that, Limit Attempts allows users to create and edit black- and whitelists with the aim of controlling the access to the site and its content.

 

Also, with this plugin, users will be able to specify the settings for adding an address to the blacklist, as well as be aware of everything that is going on your website by sending email notifications about blocking. Moreover, this plugin is compatible with htaccess, thus, you can minimize server workload by adding IP address blocking data to htaccess file.

 

https://wordpress.org/plugins/limit-attempts/

 

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Introducing Entity Framework

Entity Framework (EF) is an object-relational mapper that enables .NET developers to work with relational data using domain-specific objects. It eliminates the need for most of the data-access code that developers usually need to write.

 

 Introducing Entity Framework

Entity Framework allows you to create a model by writing code or using boxes and lines in the EF Designer. Both of these approaches can be used to target an existing database or create a new database. This short video explains the differences and how to find the one that is right for you.

 

Entity Framework 6: The Ninja Edition

Entityframework.codeplex.com

Entity Framework 6.0.2 Tools for Visual Studio 2012 & 2013

 

 

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WooCommerce a powerful WordPress eCommerce plugin

Transform your WordPress website into a thorough-bred eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features whilst backed by a name you can trust. Say “hello” to the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin.

STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

WooCommerce is built using WordPress best practices both on the front and the back end. This results in an efficient, robust and intuitive plugin.

SMART DASHBOARD WIDGETS & REPORTS

Keep a birds-eye view of incoming sales and reviews, stock levels and general store performance and statistics all from the WordPress dashboard or go to the reports section to view stats in more detail.

CUSTOMIZABLE

Your business is unique, your online store should be too. Choose one of our eCommerce themes or build your own and give it a personal touch using the built in shortcodes and widgets.

WooCommerce works with any theme, including the default WordPress themes Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven and Twenty Twelve. If you need help getting your theme working nicely with WooCommerce please read our theming docs to discover your options.

FEATURES

Whether you’re operating a superstore selling thousands of products, or a just a sole trader selling hand made arts and crafts WooCommerce has you covered. You can read all about WooCommerce’ features on the WooCommerce website.

 

Payment Gateways, Shipping Methods and Integrations are important to any store – WooCommerce comes bundled with the following:

 

◾PayPal Standard Gateway – Accept credit cards and PayPal payments
◾Mijireh Checkout – Accept credit cards via Stripe, Authorize.net, PayPal, eWay, SagePay, Braintree, PayLeap, and more.
◾BACS, Cheque and Cash on Delivery – Simple offline gateways
◾Flat rate shipping – Ship your items using a flat cost
◾International delivery, Local delivery and local Pickup
◾Google Analytics – Powerful analytics, including eCommerce tracking
◾Sharedaddy and ShareThis – Let your customers share your products with their friends
◾ShareYourCart – Encourage your customers to share their purchases in return for a coupon

 

Need a specific payment gateway? Perhaps additional shipping methods? WooCommerce has a plethora of eCommerce extensions available to provide just that.

 

View Payment Gateways.
View Shipping Methods.
View all extensions.

 

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Why You Don’t Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail

We will explain why we stand by this and why many experts stand by this as well.

 

First, email is a just a file. A file like any other files. Email whether you read it or not, is stored on your hard drive. Malicious files attached to an email are located on your hard drive. To an anti-virus scanner it does not matter whether the offending file arrived by email, arrived by file-sharing,, or arrived by download. It is all the same to it. Any good up-to-date anti-virus will prevent you from opening a malicious worm or virus no matter how it arrived. Until and unless you click the attachment the virus or worm will not execute. And if you’re using Outlook Express, and you have kept it updated with the latest patches from windowsupdate it will not execute merely by looking at your email.

 

Our advice is sound. Email scanning might have been useful years ago, but not anymore. We’re not sure it ever was. Six or seven years ago one could wander the Internet and open emails rather freely. Viruses were rare and the number of people using anti-virus programs was small. With the Internet Boom of 1999 came an influx of millions of new people using the Internet and millions of new potential targets for those who have nothing better to do than to ruin other people’s fun. So worms, Trojans, and viruses became numerous, but still few used good anti-virus protection.

 

Email Scanning by any anti-virus is not recommended because the harm and delay that scanning can cause don’t justify the minimal (if any) benefits to be derived. One of the biggest problem caused by email virus scanners is corrupted Outlook Express DBX (data) files. If these files become corrupted, whatever mail you have stored in them will be unreadable. Email virus scanning is the number one cause of corrupted DBX files; and hence the biggest cause of unrecoverable email. Other problems are minor but they’re a nuisance: Aggravating delays in sending or receiving email being among the top nuisances.

 

Many others do agree with us on shutting off email scanning in your anti-virus program. The following article by Tom Koch, a Microsoft MVP explains it best. Mr. Koch details not only why you should turn off your email scanner but how Outlook Express works, as well as other interesting and little known Outlook Express facts. Here is an excerpt from his excellent article by Tom Koch:

 

“…When encountering the symptoms of DBX corruption, many people immediately fear that their computer is infected with a virus. As surprising and ironic as it may seem though, the most common cause of DBX corruption is not a virus, but rather anti-virus programs that are configured to scan incoming or outgoing e-mail. Even the most well-known anti-virus programs have exhibited this problem from time to time. To lessen the risk of such corruption you should disable the e-mail scanning module in your anti-virus program. This is usually easy to do by looking at the user-configurable options in the anti-virus program. It is not at all necessary to scan e-mail for viruses to protect your computer.

 

Now before you dismiss me as mad, let me explain why e-mail scanning is unnecessary. Almost every anti-virus program for Windows installs by default a system scan that runs in the background every time Windows starts. This scan is necessary to protect your computer. If you receive a virus in an e-mail attachment, the virus cannot do anything at all until you actually open the attachment. …”

 

The most important thing, and we cannot emphasize this strongly enough, is to use a good, reputable anti-virus program (AVAST and AVG are two good free ones) and keep it updated daily! An anti-virus program which is not updated is worse than none at all. It will return false-positives and ignore real threats. So, above all, keep your anti-virus program up-to-date. And NEVER open an attachment directly from your email. ALWAYS save it to your desktop (or another easily accessible folder) and scan it with your anti-virus program before opening it. Another thing we cannot emphasize enough: Keep your Microsoft Windows current.

 

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MS12-035 a momentary blip in detection

 

On May 22 2012. updates; KB2518864, KB2633880 and KB2572073. when I finished installing them on our first server, a few seconds later it kept on reappearing and telling me to install those updates.

 

So I Google it and find people complaining that they’re being offered repeatedly, or they won’t install. They seem to be causing problems on XP and Server 2003 boxes.

 

This is the best link I found with the constant pleaes for help though the period that many people everywhere were trying to resolve the same problem.

 

Clearly Microsoft has little to no ability to simply admit there is a problem and just say we are working on it or something. Hours later Susan Bradley advises that the problematic patches are known about and Microsoft is working on it.

 

Oh my why didn’t we all just ask Susan Bradley first for goodness sakes she must be the hotline to any MS-DEFCON issue. Perhaps askWoody.com since both were better resources than MS.

 

It is clear the best plan with this issue yesterday would have been just close your eyes and say we are working on it. Since we have over 100 plus servers it is a bit hard to do with a straight face.

 

It appears that MS12-035 will be rereleased and this is what is causing our momentary blip in detection. Thank goodness for this blip in our lives we needed that.

 

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iThemes Builder

 

Need a Website for Your Business?


 iThemes knows that your needs as a business owner are completely different than those of bloggers or hobbyists. In order to meet your needs, we have created a number of WordPress website themes that were specifically created with the small business or business professional in mind.

 

 

All featured themes will help your business through:
     •Branding: Easily customize our themes to match your brand identity.
     •Functionality: Easy to use and navigate – a must for customers or clients!
     •Search Engine Optimization: Attract potential clients through search engines like Google and Yahoo.
     •Online Stats: Tracking your audience and their interests helps your (ROI) and conversion rates!
     •Plug-Ins: Some of the most advanced, yet simple to use widgets that helps make your website outstanding.

 

Are you a web developer or designer?

You know that the most difficult problem nearly every day is leveraging your time. Well you are in for a treat. We have found a wonderful theme framework that leverages our time and gives our clients tremendous flexibility in customizing their design. It is called iThemes Builder.

 

Most frameworks make you work with a “least common denominator” approach. You can have this but have to give up that. Not so with Builder. We have found that it significantly reduces our initial setup time because of the fantastic layout tools while gives us access to the most intricate detail so we can make the website look just like we want it.

 

The most powerful reason to use Builder is because of the way that it is built. You will rarely, if ever, need to do anything in the core which means you can upgrade without pulling your hair out. iThemes provides well-designed “child themes” that you can use right out of the box. Finally, Builder has the concept of extensions which let you define your own stlyes and specific custom functions. In other words, if you need something extremely customized and creating a child theme or plugin is overkill, just use an extension.

 

 

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