February 18, 2011

0 Protect Your Blog from Attacks Online

 Its an unfortunate reality of the Internet today that there are people out there who would like to hack your blog. It's possible that you have made an enemy who would like to get back at you by hacking your site,  but more frequently hackers are simple looking for an easy target. Here are some ways to ensure that you aren't that easy target. Here are some ways to ensure that you aren't that easy target.


 Perhaps you have wondered why blogs releases a new version of their software every few weeks.. Thousands of people go over the Wordpress Code everyday in an effort to improve it. A lot of the time, they are trying to plug up security vulnerabilities which hackers have figured out how to exploit. By upgrading regularly, you can be sure that you have all the latest security fixes.


 Many times, hackers will figure out how to gain access to your blog through a vulnerability in of your plugins. The creators of these plugins often release updates that are more secure, which is some thing you should take advantage of by updating them regularly.


 If the hacker's dont know which plugins  you have, then they won't  know where to begin trying to hack  your site. The way they find out which plugins you have is by looking in your 
/wp-content/pluginsdirectory . If you create a blank document, save it as index.html, and upload it to the directory, you can prevent anyone from accessing this information.  Alternatively  you can block the standard file list from showing with .htaccess

Do you still use "admin" as your username to log into your account? If so, you are making things much easier for hackers. If they know the username of your administer's account, then hackers already have half of the information need to break into your account.


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If your password is something like "wood floor" or your birthdate then it can be extremely easy for hackers to guess. They can often simply use a program which guesses your password based on 
dictionary entries. Create a lengthy password made up of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters in no particular order and avoiding dictionary words. 


One way that hackers will steal your password is by intercepting it through the network while it is on its way to most blogs. You can solve this problem by installing the Chap Secure Login plugin.
This plugin will automatically encrypt your password when you loign, so the hackers will only be able to see your username.


Often hackers will attack your site based on the version of the blog you are running. If they don't know  which version you are running, they won't know  how to attack your site. Install
WP Security scan to remove the identifying code from the header and feeds.


One of the most simplest ways for hackers to break into your account is to try different passwords over and over until they find one that works. The easiest way to prevent  this is to use the Login Lockdown plugin.   If someone fails to guess the correct password three times within a 5 minute  period, this plugin will prevent them form even trying again for the  next hour. 


Security Plugins will automatically scan your blog and let u know if there are any problems with it that you should consider fixing. It lets you quickly change your files permissions, verify your htaccessfile, and detect break- in attempts


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Most blogs have a full-featured security suite, avilable as plugins. They will allow you to prevent hackers from browsing all your site's files and adjust your firewall settings. It can be  a full time job keeping your site secure and free from hackers. If you implement some of these tips, much of the work can be done for you automatically


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