April Kwong talks about Laravel as a great website framework

By on December 7, 2017 in Website Support Advice


Our Project Manager and a former Web Developer at FunctionEight was recently one of the highlight speakers at the biggest PHP Conference Asia 2016. About 200 PHP developers from all over Asia attended the conference held at Matrix Bipolis.

April talks about how Laravel is a good framework for backend developers, frontend/UI developers, project managers and business owners.

A successful prize winner for our iPhone referral incentive scheme

By on July 30, 2017 in FunctionEight Service

All of the FunctionEight team were absolutely delighted that our Director of Sales Hundah Chan was able to recently hand over a brand new iPhone 7 Plus to the wonderful Kirsty Pocock (from our existing client TTB Partners).  Kirsty read one of our recent eNewsletters and noticed something quite important.  For quite some time we have been running an incentive offer of a free iPhone 7 Plus for a successful referral to a lead that turns into a retained client.  Thanks heaps Kirsty for referring Niatross Investments Ltd to us.  We have assisted them with their initial office setup, some equipment purchases and are now also doing their monthly IT support.

Anyone else out there keen on putting a new iPhone 7 Plus into their pocket??

The house without an alarm gets burgled first? Don’t make it easy for Cyber Criminals

I recently sat on a conference panel in Hong Kong on cybersecurity where the title of the panel was “Cybersecurity – should I be concerned?”. Considering this was a conference for financial institutions in Hong Kong the title somewhat scared me that in this day and age we are still asking whether or not a company should take cyber crime seriously. Those days have long gone and every company should by now have a strategy to deal with this serious issue.

This article is not meant to cover all aspects of cyber security as it is extremely complex and can be very expensive to implement. The purpose here is to cover the basics in a business English with real world examples of how to make yourself protected such that the criminals will go after someone else because your business is just that bit too hard to get into.

In this article, I will cover a few points from definition of cybercrime to types of cybercrime to how to prevent it with free and cost based initiatives. But first lets start with some interesting statistics.

New Ransomware outbreak “Petya” is spreading rapidly!

Please note that there is a new ransomware outbreak.  It currently seems to have targeted large organisations in Europe and the US with outdated software, but it will gradually make its way to Asia, so we have to be extremely careful.  Even more so than usual!


The current Ransomware outbreak “Petya” is spread through a type of Phishing email scam where emails are written to trick employees into opening them.  Please pay attention to all emails and do not click on links in the email or attachments or download files from suspicious senders.  Please do not use public wi-fi services for business use and be very wary of shortened links in emails as well.

The best way to prevent infection is to be vigilant and ensure you are looking at an email from a genuine sender before you do anything with it.  If you are unsure about a specific email, even if it seems genuine, please call the sender to ensure they sent it.

If you need any other assistance please call FunctionEight on +852 2868-2855

WordPress 4.7.5 Security Release – Immediate Update Recommended

By on May 19, 2017 in Website Support Advice

FunctionEight would like to encourage you to update to 4.7.5 as soon as possible. If you can remember last January 2017, WordPress released 4.7.2 and they delayed disclosing a vulnerability for a week. That vulnerability was the infamous WordPress defacement vulnerability which resulted in hundreds of thousands of sites being defaced and multiple highly active attack campaigns.

Thanks to the responsible disclosure to the WordPress security team, the following vulnerabilities that affected WordPress versions 4.7.4 and earlier were patched:

  1. Insufficient redirect validation in the HTTP class.
  2. Improper handling of post meta data values in the XML-RPC API.
  3. Lack of capability checks for post meta data in the XML-RPC API.
  4. A Cross Site Request Forgery (CRSF) vulnerability was discovered in the filesystem credentials dialog.
  5. A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was discovered when attempting to upload very large files.
  6. A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was discovered related to the Customizer.

Security releases are important as they keep your websites safe from outside threats. Please make sure you update you websites immediately.

Additionally, WordPress 4.7.5 also contains a few maintenance fixes on REST API, Taxonomy, Build/Test Tools and Administration.

Reference : https://wordpress.org/news/2017/05/wordpress-4-7-5/

Good thing we have updated our client’s WordPress immediately after the release announcement.

To help you with your website upgrade please contact april.kwong@functioneight.com

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