Re: [webdesign-459] Wordpress security - IMPORTANT MESSAGE

From: Basia C.
Sent on: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:53 PM
My web host sent that message to me as well. 

Btw, I have recently been using a Better WP Security plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-wp-security/
In the last week or so, the plugin that I installed on one of my clients' websites sent me several reports of multiple attempts to login into the backend of the website. What the plugin does (if you set it up that way) is that the IP address from which such failed attempts are made gets blocked. It also has a number of other settings that may be helpful in protecting a WordPress website. I am sure it is not the ultimate security but may help.

Basia Coulter


BasiaDESIGN
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www.basiagraphicdesign.com



On Apr 13, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Andy wrote:

The following message was relayed to me by Jim H., one of our Meetup members. If you manage a Wordpress site, read this message from Netfirms.com that was sent to its clients. Wherever you host Wordpress or any website, your password must be Strong.

Andy

 

We wanted to let you know about an attack on WordPress sites that started earlier this week, what we've done to combat it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

On Tuesday, a widespread "brute force" attack against WordPress started impacting sites across the internet. This attack is leveraging a botnet, which looks to have more than one hundred thousand different computers at its disposal. Its intent is very simple: to find and compromise WordPress sites with simple passwords, likely to use them later to distribute malware (and further increase the size of the botnet).

Also, and we can't stress this enough, we urge you to check your WordPress password and make sure it's a strong one. The strong password guidelines in our Knowledgebase refer to your Netfirms account password, but that advice is good for WordPress passwords, too!






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