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Month: December 2018

Facebook gave away your personal data

In the period from 2010 until 2017, Facebook had agreements with large (Tech) companies to share all users data. This gave them the ability to harvest personal data, without your consent.

Facebook began partnerships for its own benefit. They did not sell data, but gave other companies access to user data. In return, the partner drove more traffic to Facebook and supporting Facebooks growth in ad revenue.

The New York Times wrote a comprehensive article after obtaining hunderds of pages documenting this. To confirm, they conducted more than 50 interviews.

WordPress 5.0 released

It took more than a year of development by the community to get to the WordPress 5.0 release. I think it’s a job well done. There are a lot of improvements that can be done, but upgrading from WordPress 4.9.8 to 5.0 goes without any problem.

I experimented some more with the new release and wrote about it on our AppSaloon website.

WP Meetup Hasselt – Performance

Every 2 months, there is a WordPress Meetup Hasselt. This time we did a little experiment: We combined a talk about Website Performance with a hands-on session. This gave us an opportunity to put the new knowledge into practice.

On beforehand we asked all participants to bring their laptops so they could work on any of their own websites. If there was no website available, a test-site was available to work with.

The full report of the meetup is available on the website of WP Belgium.

Example of a massive Advent Calendar

RipsTech PHP Security Advent Calendar

The advent is the period of roughly 24 days before Christmas and is typically a period of looking forward to A well-known tool to help you remind the progress is an Advent Calendar.


RipsTech released an Advents Calendar the past 2 years about general PHP vulnerabilities and they gave the idea a new spin. This year they focus on WordPress plugin vulnerabilities.

As you can see on the right, on every tile, there is an indication of the installation counts.


Example of a day in the Events Calendar

Every day of the Advent, RipsTech releases a short explanation of a specific vulnerability in one of the most-used plugins in the WordPress Ecosystem.


Banner Stop The Fingerprint

Support “Stop The Fingerprint”

The Belgian government voted to add a fingerprint to all e-ID’s, which would make identification of an individual person less error-prone in a new law. Another argument the government uses in its defence is the fingerprint can be used to prevent identity thefts. According to official numbers, there are only a few hundred of identity thefts on a total population of 11 million.

To justify the new proposed law, classical argument are used:

Also the Belgian Data Protection Authority advised against implementing fingerprints on an e-ID.

With many new regulations and laws, our government keeps chipping away our privacy. Now is a time to end this.
Matthias Dobbelaere-Welvaert setup a website called “Stop The Fingerprint” to inform the public about the risks and to coordinate legal action against the new law.
Do you want to support this cause? Donate!



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