Written: September 9, 2019

Beware of GoDaddy Phishing Scheme

Another quick alert to an email phishing scam just received today, because it actually looks pretty legitimate at first glance.

 

Official logo, proper phone number, but ah, that Customer ID is just my email. Scrolling down to see the rest of the email, it looks official enough.

Hovering the cursor over the Green button reveals an address not at all related to godaddy.com, so we know it’s a phishing scam.

 

Another clue that this email is not legit, is to click on the From address and look for an address with godaddy.com suffix:

So this phishing scam had all of the telltale signs of a fake:

Phishing scams lure you into clicking that link in the email, then you land on a bogus page that collects your real account identity. Be smarter than the identity thieves, and double-check all email before clicking any links.

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Keeping Your Web Hosting Plan Updated

My website runs on the popular WordPress platform and is hosted at www.ionos.com, formerly called www.1and1.com. All is well, at least until it’s time to upgrade your web server language settings. For WordPress users that web language is called PHP, and WordPress will alert you if the version of PHP used on your web server is too old, leaving you open to security issues and support issues.

When I logged into a client site today in WordPress that alert appeared about my PHP version being too old, so here’s what I did in their GoDaddy account:

  1. My Products – the starting place.
  2. Web Hosting – click on the button: Manage
  3. Click on the button: cPanel Admin
  4. Scroll to Software, click: Select PHP Version
  5. Choose a PHP Version: 7.1

Hopefully that didn’t get too Geeky for you, but if this sounds too complex, then just give me a phone call or email, and I’ll click through all of these steps and verify that PHP is updated and that your WordPress site is running securely, so that you can concentrate on running and growing your business.

PHP Version

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