Is your home router safe? It may not be!

WordFence the popular WordPress security plugin sent out a massive email blast today letting people know that their home router may be vulnerable.

Although the vulnerability was first disclosed in 2014, it wasn’t taken seriously by many and as a result, hackers are now using it to hack home routers.

As many as 41 million home routers worldwide have the vulnerability. Basically, you should not have port 7547 open to the public. If your router has it open, you should contact your internet service provider and ask them to close it at once.

To find out if you are vulnerable click here to run the test.

Contact your ISP and let them know that port 7547 on your home router is accessible from the public internet.

Let them know that port 7547 is used by your ISP to manage the router. It should not be publicly available. Suggest that they filter access to that port to prevent anyone on the public internet accessing it.

To now allow hackers to get access to your home computer or take over your WiFi.  Get your internet service provider to close off public access to port 7547 on your router today.

On a side note, if you call your ISP and they tell you “you don’t have any ports open” insist that you do (if you took the test and failed it).

Also try here and enter 7547 in the port area and then click check.

If they say otherwise, ask them to escalate your ticket. That’s what I did. It took awhile but finally was able to get to someone that knew what he was doing and help me.

It’s annoying I know, but that’s how some internet companies are.

How do you remove “NOFOLLOW” from WordPress Comment Links?

What the heck is “nofollow” and why should I care?  Well, “nofollow” is a value that can be assigned to a link to tell some search engines like google that a link should not influence the link target’s ranking.  Basically what you are saying is, please Google don’t let this link, whatever it may go to effect my own personal rankings in your search engine, I also don’t want to give that site in which the link goes to any credit (as a backlink).   The nofollow value was originally suggested to stop the insane amount of comment spam in blogs.   Removing the nofollow tag from your site might encourage others to participate in your site, posting comments and visiting your site more often since if they do their website will get a backlink credit.  As long as the comments posted aren’t blatant spam then it can also help your site by being updated more often and that improves your own SEO rankings.

A lot of time has passed since it was originally created and a lot of technology to get comment spammers in line.  But nowadays it is nearly impossible to remove the “nofollow” link in your wordpress blog.  Well not impossible but very hard.

WordPress has a few plugins that claim to remove the “nofollow” tag from comment links but most I found just flat out don’t work.  I have no idea why but rather than messing with a plugin and trying to figure out how to fix someone else’s work I found an easy way to get rid of that stupid “no follow” tag wordpress puts in all comment links by default.

Look in the wp-includes folder for a file called comment-template.php.

Search every reference of “nofollow” on that page and remove it.

For example you’ll find an entry that says something like

$return = “<a href=’$url’ rel=’external nofollow’ class=’url’>$author</a>”;

Fix it up and it now says

$return = “<a href=’$url’ class=’url’>$author</a>”;

In all you should find about 5 “nofollow” related entries that you will need to edit on that page.  Save it and now your blog no longer has the nofollow tag.  YAH!

 

 

Interesting Porn Blog Fact

Porn blogs are all the rage.  100s of new porn related blogs go up every single day and it’s understandable since if it’s done right, a good blog can earn you some nice pocket change each month.  But before you run out and start your own, you might want to stop for just a moment and read the fine print of the site you are thinking of blogging on.  Case in point … blogger.  While it’s a great blogging service, in that it’s free, easy to use and can give your other sites a SEO boost, did you know they don’t allow blogs for the purpose of financial gain?

In other words, any porn blog that is started on blogger can get deleted at any time, without warning so all of that hard work was for not.

WordPress.com hosted blogs, same thing only even more so since blogger will allow a limited amount of adult content within reason and as long as there is no clear intention of commercial gain, while wordpress apparently doesn’t like any sign of it for any reason on their free hosted blog service.

Now here is the thing …. this also means that any of your competitors or someone you’ve pissed off can also contact Google or WordPress and report your blog and chances are, it will get removed.   Trust me when I say, Google isn’t half as friendly as people tend to think they are when it comes to porn.

So just keep that in mind the next time you want to start an adult blog.