Posting source code on WordPress.com is quite simple: the platform already provides an extremely easy to use shortcode called
sourcecode, based on a fairly flexible syntax highlighter plugin. By looking at the examples in the documentation page, however, it is evident that the default styling used to render sources is quite old-fashioned and does not fit most modern themes.
While the shortcode offers options to allow users to control many options of the rendering, it does not allow us to configure colors, fonts and size (the default size is so tiny that it is barely readable on high-resolution screens).
When I was writing the previous technical post, I did some investigations to figure out what options are available to post more readable sources if your blog is hosted on WordPress.com and I found out there are basically two alternatives.
During the course of the last months, we have seen frequent news of security breaches, with many websites falling victims of malicious attacks. While this by itself is not a news, the frequency and scale of this kind of attacks hardly passes without notice.
Sony’s example is probably the most visible example of this trend, as Kevin Mitnick points out.
I lost count of all the Sony attacks. CORRECTED: Sony Scoreboard: Hackers 12, Sony 0, Source: http://tinyurl.com/6dcugje— Kevin Mitnick (@kevinmitnick) June 5, 2011
But they are not the only ones: the attacks on Citigroup and security company RSA are even more alarming. If even those companies that should be dealing with security issues every day are not impenetrable, chances are everyone’s data is at risk. Or, at least, that’s the message that most of the newspapers appear to be conveying.
While it’s easy to dismiss those people as fools, those facts should teach us something different: there is no such thing as a secure system.