Avoid Sucuri because of deception

Source: Sucuri Security Uses Bad Data to Try to Scare People into Using Their Service | White Fir Design Blog

The more I learn about this company the less professional they seem.

I used their free online security scanner to check my site because there was a recent WordPress infection that was rapidly infecting sites. The Sucuri scanner said that I had a problem with one post that referenced a photo that was hosted in a Russian Domain. Simply because the photo was hosted in Russia, it was flagged.

The warning was over the top. Rather than go into detail about what it found and why it was a problem, it simply said suspect domain. A domain that hosts a photo is not guilty. There has to be more than that. So I researched if “false positives” were a problem with Sucuri and unfortunately it is. This company seems to not only try to scare people with hacker tactics, but also cause problems with legitimate businesses. Rather than helping people understand and avoid future problems, they seem to prefer to profit from people’s fear and try to get them to sign up to monthly charges for poor service.

I sent in an email to them pointing out that a photo being hosted in Russia doesn’t make it a security problem. As I read other people’s experiences of this company and even their own blog, they didn’t come across as professionals. Take this for example:

Oh my!! Yes, an every day realization that we have come to live with.

And at first glance you might agree, but as in most cases all things are not always so clear superficially. So you can certainly empathize with this knee jerk reaction, fortunately we’re going to help provide some context and what to do.

Condescending and arrogant. It doesn’t matter if you know more, if you come across as a jerk, you aren’t going to help people you are going to turn them against you. More importantly, sarcasm doesn’t help people accept the facts that you might have. If you have facts then just state them. Don’t try to analyze or offer psychological analysis for something you are not qualified for. Often knee jerk or intuition is correct, and if your intuition says to stay away from someone who strikes you as a jerk, you are probably right there as well.

Avoid this company and your life will be better.

Jetpack’s reputation not so good

Jetpack’s reputation not so good

I have used Jetpack since I have used WordPress. I always thought it was a fun idea and way to get additional functionality. Imagine my surprise when my website crashed today and analysis showed that it was Jetpack that contributed to it. I did some research and apparently many people had lots of issues with Jetpack.

Dear Jetpack: I really want to love you, but you make it so hard

It pains to me to say it, but if you have Jetpack and your website is crashing disable it and see what happens. Now I am going to disable Jetpack if a clients site is having issues, rather than disabling plugins. Something else is that when P3 plugin is saying that your Jetpack is using 40% of the resources on your server, believe it. I saw that but figured it was normal since I hadn’t read anything negative about Jetpack.

Probably a bigger lesson is that if you see something in life that doesn’t make sense you should test if you really need it or not. The force of the past is hard since it was “good enough” but that kind of thinking doesn’t work. It caused my site to crash and I have been working on it all day. It really is amazing how many great plugins are available if you take the time to look. I took tech supports advice and no longer use any software that isn’t supported in the version of WordPress I am using.

Dear Jetpack: I really want to love you, but you make it so hard.