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WordPress Themes The First Page of Google Exploits
Brett_Tabke

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Msg#: 4253265 posted 1:48 pm on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else

One researcher goes indepth to discover that that top 10 free word press themes listed in Google all have nefarious payloads.


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wheel

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Msg#: 4253265 posted 2:13 pm on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Wow. Just wow.

I guess I know what I'm doing today (checking my server for any use of free wordpress themes).

topr8

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Msg#: 4253265 posted 2:48 pm on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

well everybody already knew this ...

but it was interesting to read such a well researched article rather than just rely on my own assumptions.

speaking of which i assume this applies to all kind of other free themes - not just wordpress - i've always avoided such things myself, i've figured they are suspect (nothing is really free) or they are just badly constructed by someone relatively inexperienced

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Msg#: 4253265 posted 5:49 pm on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

That's so spammy.

A major case of caveat emptor, even if you're not paying for it.

rogerd

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Msg#: 4253265 posted 3:48 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hmmm, I use mostly paid themes, but for free ones I usually look through the Wordpress interface. I wonder how well-vetted those are?

chalkywhite



 
Msg#: 4253265 posted 10:16 pm on Apr 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ive paid for a theme on my site, one file. functions.php is encrypted, ive been through it with a decoder( im no php expert)and as far as i can see its there purely to leave a link to the creators site. Makes you wonder...

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