5 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Site From Hackers

You may have heard that it’s been a busy week for WordPress hackers this past week.

If you haven’t heard, it’s been a busy week for WordPress hackers this past week.

ArsTechnica has reported that over 100,000 sites have been infected by these attacks.

In under four days, three of my personal sites have had over 800 malicious login attempts. That’s over 8 attempts every hour.

Being hacked isn’t something that happens to non-technical people. It can happen to anyone. I was hacked earlier this year!

So, what can you do to protect yourself? Great question!

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I Was Hacked! 7 Tips to Avoid Being Hacked on WordPress

Back in February I received a very troubling email.

I use a security plugin called Wordfence for my personal WordPress sites. They notified me that I was likely hacked, moments after malicious code was inserted into my site. I jumped in to investigate without really know what I was doing.

I logged onto my FTP and saw some folders and files that I did not upload. I ran through every folder on my server and deleted anything that looked malicious. After about 20 minutes of work I was pretty confident that I had my server pretty clean.

Wrong wrong wrong wrong.

About 2 weeks later the hackers were back with a vengeance.

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What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed Vulnerability

You may have heard the term “Heartbleed” over the past few days relating to online security. If you didn’t, buckle up, it’s about to get real scary because it could affect anyone. Everyone. Even you.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) is a security vulnerability found in OpenSSL which is an open source library that is used by numerous developers and companies to protect your username, passwords, and other sensitive information online.

So what does this really mean?

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How to Protect Yourself from a Website Outage

If you are a GoDaddy customer your website was probably down for part of, or all of Monday.

The outage started around 12 PM Central on Monday, and lasted until 6 PM. Some users were affected even longer.

This not only affected websites for thousands, possibly even millions, but also affected customers’ email. Imagine being without your business email for 6 hours. You’d either be jumping for joy or losing out on business deals. Read more

3 Ways to Secure SaaS Cloud-Based Content

Last week we told you a story about a man who had his accounts hacked and lost everything. We also gave you a few tips on how to protect yourself.

A few days after the story broke about Mat Honan’s hacking, tech sites everywhere picked the story up. Luckily it got the attention of Amazon and Apple, whose support teams didn’t follow company protocols allowing Honan to be hacked. Thankfully, both Amazon and Apple have taken measures to stop future attackers from using the same or similar methods that were used against Honan. Hopefully more security measures will come from this.

In the mean time, we’ve outlined some ways to further protect your personal and corporate content. Read more

Protecting Yourself, Your Digital Life, and Your Business from Hackers

Each day, more and more people are putting their lives in the cloud. With the growing number of people using smart phones and tablets, this number will only continue to skyrocket.

We are trusting our photographs and videos of our children and families, our email, our banking information, our lives and our businesses to the cloud and its service providers.

Over the weekend, you may have heard about a horror story from Mat Honan.

Honan was hacked. And he lost everything. Read more