Independent publisher theme

I’m trying out the new “Independent publisher” theme for WordPress. So far it looks quite nice, it’s interesting that there’s such a big difference in looks if you choose a header or not. I might re-add my old header but I’m quite fond of this clean look too.

I’m still not sure whether it’s good enough to switch my main website, since I expect it will as usual take a lot of reformatting of image widths, and other small design stuff which comes along with changing themes.

It could use a blueish color theme too, especially for the icons.

A new wave of spam

I noticed the other day that I’d gotten quite a lot of spam in one of my WordPress sites again. I hadn’t noticed initially since it was all automatically flagged as spam and not published, but just sat in the approval queue.

But the interesting part was the change in behavior, where practically all entries now were from an oddly generated number-string-email-adress, at gmail.com, all of them had a first name only (where previous spammers tried to look like a “real” person with both firstname and lastname), and most interesting, they all had the same phrasing, and all had the same kind of spelling errors in the test.

I’d guess it’s an attempt to look “human, less than perfect”, but it gets so obvious with batches of 20 almost identical posters with the same spelling errors, just repeated in so small ways that it could have been real. But weren’t.

Enabling 2FA login

I came across this article on enabling two-factor-authentication for several accounts.

I noticed that not only are there several more services now offering 2FA than when I last checked a few months back. But once I set out to enable my accounts on these services I also noticed that several of them now supports apps in addition to SMS-messages.
And I’m also very glad that the apps are becoming more generic so I don’t need to have a mass of apps installed on my phone, but rather that it’s now possible to use for example Microsoft Authenticator not only for Microsofts own accounts but also for Google, Twitter, Dropbox, Amazon and others.

The article doesn’t mention Steam though, but I think it should. Steam is quite huge as platform and enabling 2FA was both easy and well worth it, considering the info stored there. And neither is Apple mentioned which is a little odd, but AppleID is also very smooth to enable for 2FA.

There are also some identity services missing in the article where maybe I should look more into their respective settings to see if they now support easy to use 2FA as well.

I’m thinking specifically of WordPress, Instagram, IMDb and Origin. And of course all the web shops where personal info is stored.

And lastly what I’d like to see now is support in Password Safe for PC and the pwSafe iOS app for tagging accounts with a green colour flag if they’re 2FA enabled.

CSS modifications to Minnow

I’ve made two minor modifications to my Minnow theme style.css:

Under section /* Wide screens */ changed

    .site-content {
max-width: 960px;

to

    .site-content {
max-width: 1100px;

and second under

    .content-area {
max-width: 660px;

changed to

    .content-area {
max-width: 800px;

At first I had planned to go for 1200/900, but this became so massive so I backed down to 1100/800 instead. For now. 🙂

 

 

New theme, Affinity

I’ve switched to the Affinity theme on my public blog, to see whether it’s usable and I should switch on the others. I’m actually quite fond of my current theme, Minnow, but I’d like to find a similar theme with a little more page width.

In that regard the Material theme is great but it has a problem in that it does not support automatic language detection. Maybe there’s some way to provide language files, I haven’t checked yet, but that’s definitely a large disqualifying minus in my eyes. And Material also has a minus in not supporting the Collapsing Archives plugin. Using the regular full archive widget provides a very long list for a blog with posts dating all back to 1998…

By the way, the default images in Affinity are amazing, I wish I could take pictures like the one of the forest. I do have a few I’m quite proud of but this one was really nice.

Besides that, I noticed that WordPress had auto-updated to the most recent version 4.7.2 on all my sites. And there are new versions of iOS 10.2.1 and more. In fact, updates are becoming so frequent that I don’t have the time to catch up with them all, so it’s lucky the stability has also improved so much that I can rely on auto-updates for most devices.

Upgraded to WordPress 4.7.1

I upgraded my sites to WordPress 4.7.1. No issues or unexpected problems so far.

I did note however that oddly enough one of the sites has received a rather unusual amount of visitors the last two days, especially considering there are no referrals and no new postings on it at the time. It also seems to have an increase in the stats for number of hacking attempts. But beyond that everything seems to be fine from what I can see.