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National Cyber Security Awareness Week

This week is National Cyber Security Awareness Week here in Australia.

National Cyber Security Awareness Week is an annual initiative of the Australian Government held in partnership with industry, community and consumer groups and state and territory governments.

It is designed to raise awareness among Australians of cyber security risks and simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2010 is from 6 to 11 June. It will promote six easy tips for better online security:

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Dolphin Orca Update

The Dolphin forum, or Orca, as it is known, was a parallel stand alone development that was integrated as a module into the Dolphin 7 release. This module is a massive improvement over the previous integration in Dolphin 6, and has provided an easier opportunity to improve it.

Many Dolphin users are unhappy with the features supplied with the standard forum module, often opting to replace it with other forums such as phpBB or IPB. This has mixed success, as often the integrations are simply iframe hacks, or miss out important aspects such as avatars or messaging. This is where Orca is already a step ahead. The integration is already completed, it is a core part of the Dolphin product, and so already has all of the needed variables and data available to it, to use in improving its features.

We have been working on an update to Orca, to add in the missing features that many complain about, these are usability features for both users and administrators alike, as well as the creation of a set of moderation tools.

The project is in it's very early stages, and only in Alpha release, but as it's based on a functional product, we already have a demo set up. This will be updated as the project progresses.

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Dolphin 7 Security Vulnerability Exposed

It would seem that this weekend has been an active time in the CMS community for security vulnerabilities, first Joomla issue a patch for a potential XSS issue, and now Boonex's Dolphin package has been raising some eyebrows with, an as yet unresolved security issue that exposes the database name, username and password, in plain text to the browser via a verbose error report. This report is triggered by any number of bugs, and could easily be used to compromise a website or server.

The security 'hole' had previously been reported and raised as an issue with the Dolphin developers, who's response was that it had been addressed. Amusingly this seems not to have been the case, with the latest attention being that the bug has now been witnessed on the Boonex admin test site, and the resulting full error report published. - http://www.boonex.com/unity/forums/topic/Hey-BoonEx-Notice-Something-.htm There is some further discussion in the blogs as well - Major Security Risk: Information and Temporary Solution

The community were quick to act, with a couple of suggested workarounds published on modmysite - http://www.modmysite.com/general-issues-comments-questions/10491-db_full_visual_processing.html#post39764 as well as on the Boonex site, but there has been no official response.

As of the time of this post, some three days after the original post, Boonex have still yet to comment, and there has been no official patch available to address the issue.

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Joomla 1.5.18 Released

XSS Vulnerability addressed.

Joomla 1.5.18 has recently been released and includes a security update to fix a core XSS vulnerability. All Joomla users are advised to upgrade. More details about the vulnerabilty can be found on Joomla's developers board HERE.  If you wish to stay abreast of the latest security announcements and updates for Joomla, you are advised to keep a check on the Joomla Developer Vulnerability News Feed.

 

More information on the 1.5.18 release, including the downloads can be found on the product release page - HERE

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Free Mods Released

It's been a very busy week here in the software office. Hot on the heels of the recent Flat Comments and Group Forum Posts Block mods, we have a further three - yes that's THREE!! new mods available in the store, plus a re-released oldie.

Whats more, three of the mods are free!

The first mod is a re-release of our Login redirect mod for Dolphin 6. Whilst this has been available for download over at Boonex.com, for some reason it was omitted from the store, so we added it in. You can download it HERE

Next up is Auto Friend on Join. This is another Dolphin 6 mod that has been updated to work with Dolphin 7. The Mod automatically adds a friend to the joining members profile - a bit like Tom on myspace. This mod differs a little as it will add select the friend it adds based on the gender of the joining member. It can be set  to add either a friend of the same sex, or opposite sex. Get it HERE

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2 New Dolphin MODs Released

Just released two new mods for the Boonex Dolphin platform.

The first mod is a Dolphin 6 mod that changes the standard threaded comments layout to a normal flat comment structure. All existing comments are changed to the new layout, as will all new comments.

The second modification is a Dolphin 7 MOD that creates a custom block for the groups home / view page that aggregates the groups forum posts.  This increases the usefulness of the groups home page by providing all information in one place.

As a bonus, we have also included an additional mod that will show you how to add a block anywhere on your site to aggregate ALL group forum posts into one block.

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Dophin 7 TinyMCE Browser MOD updated

The DeeEmm Dolphin Tiny MCE Browser modification has now been updated to work with the new Dolphin 7.0.1 release.

This release is a compatibility update, There are no additional features or bugfixes included.

If you have previously purchased the 7.0.0 version, you will be pleased to know that you are entitled to a free update. If you would like a copy of the updated files, please email me and i will send a copy out to you.

As usual, support for purchasers of our premium modifications are all entitled to access to the help-desk for priority 1-on-1 support. General support, bug reports, and feature requests can be posted to the forums.

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It's Official. IE6 is Outdated

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I have long held the view that the internet needs to be ridded of Internet explorer 6. IE 6 still equates to a massive 10% of all user-agents - some 180,233,045 users worldwide. This figure has fortunately been getting smaller, and the latest statistics show that IE6 has been in steady decline this year.

IE6 is the veritable thorn in the side of most web developers (with IE7 little better). With a userbase numerous enough to still require having to account for when developing websites, IE6 requires extraneous coding hacks to get it to function along side more modern browsers. But this may soon be a thing of the past. It seems that Microsoft themselves are now promoting the demise of IE6. This is great news, and one could only like to think that it is as the result of folk such as you and I actively promoting it's drawbacks. I personally think that IE6 has finally bitten Microsoft on the proverbial backside, with Internet Explorer usage failing to the ever more popular Firefox, which now reports some 45% market share.

The pain in the proverbials, has seemingly spurned Microsoft into action to try and win back some users, and tip the scales back in their favor - and they seem to be targeting IE6 users. So what have they done?

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Webstore Now Open

We are please to announce that our online store is now live.

At present we are in the process of uploading all of our modifications to the new store, so some products may not be visible yet, but we hope to have this completed within the next day or so.

We have added support the PayPal payment gateway, so it is possible to purchase products using either your PayPal account or credit card via the PayPal website. We may expand the supported gateways in the future to include additional providers, so if you have specific requirements or wish to suggest a particular solution, please feel free to leave us a suggestion.

Will keep you updated of the progress.

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Hosted Exchange 2007

We are pleased to announce that along side our hosting packages, we are now also able to offer hosted exchange email services. Our Hosted Exchange mail service runs Exchange 2007 and provides any number of mail boxes that you may require. There are no minimum numbers, and all packages come complete with Push email. Blackberry support can also be added if required.

As users of push technology, we decided to augment the standard email facilities provided with Exchange hosting. The ability to use Hosted Exchange is a great benefit to those clients that do not want to have the hassle of looking after their own servers. It also provides push technology to those clients using windows mobile or Blackberry devices, and our adoption of Exchange 2007 means that there is full integration with Apple OSX for Mail, Calendar and address book functions.

Our Exchange packages are run as separately service and do not require a hosting package to use.

More details to be posted soon, but if you cannot wait that long, please contact us to discuss your exchange requirements.

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New Look for DeeEmm

Welcome to the new look DeeEmm website. The site has been re-developed to match a change in focus for our core business, by redirecting web based enquiries made at our main company to the DeeEmm site. The promotion of DeeEmm as a sales brand is to both provide a location for the promotion of our web services division, and also putting an existing resource to better use. What was once just my tech blog, will now become an online resource for providing web services and products. Along with the change in focus for the site, the business aspect of the change will also follow, with DeeEmm will now be run as a subsidiary of my main company. The split setup will allow a focus on web based products and services to be maintained as a separate entity from the main company endeavors, and will encompass a variety of products and services ranging from basic web design, and website management, to more technical solutions, such as remote PLC monitoring, and embedded web based control and monitoring systems.

The new site includes features specifically geared toward the online supply and support of products in a digital medium, for both providing and supporting web based sales of software modifications, plugins and extensions, and allowing instant access to purchased products. The online store provides a convenient method by which customers can purchase and download products and the trouble ticket system provides support for installation and usage issues that may occur. We also offer a full knowledge-base of past issues for users to search.

We will also offer design for other mediums, such as print, packaging and photography, as well as other electronic and non-electronic formats.

The forums have now been reinstated, and subscribers also have access to private forums where dedicated support can be given.

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Site Relaunch

Over the coming weeks we will be updating and relaunching the site. We will be integrating the web side of our software services company into the DeeEmm brand, and providing a number of new features to our existing and future clients. One of the new features is an online marketplace where software modifications can be bought. We currently have hundreds of mods that we have developed that will be converted into downloadable products, some for free. We are also expanding our efforts into the Boonex Dolphin 7 CMS with new modifications planned for release.Other plans include a trouble ticket system and searchable knowledgebase for supported mods and products. The forums will also be reinstated to provide general product support and coding help. Existing client accounts will be converted and carried over. All existing clients will be emailed with new log in details after the migration has taken place. Our future plans include a shift in bias from our more traditional business of industrial software toward web based technologies, including web sites, hosting and domain management.We thank you for your patience in this transitional period. If you have any questions relating to existing accounts, or account migration to the new system, please feel free to contact us using the email address in your control panel, or the contact form on this site.DM.

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