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IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE REALLY NECESSARY?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a technology that protects information transfers from being intercepted. Installing SSL on your website may be a relatively simple process, and while it does typically require a small fee, it's well worth it if you process sensitive information. SSL is that it improves visibility. By installing an SSL certificate on your website, you tell customers that you value and protect their information, which in turn builds trust. It enhances the security, reputation, and visibility of your website. If you need assistance configuring SSL for your website then it is best suited to connect with the expert web developers in Clearwater, FL

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Tips for a Secure WordPress Website

WordPress is an open-source platform, supported by a vast number of volunteers. Websites that use WordPress have regular updates that are pushed out to users and are easy to perform – often with the click of a button. Aside from the automated security patches, updating the WordPress core can be done with the click of a single button. Choose a hosting company that focuses on WordPress hosting and understand how to make WordPress more secure and faster than a traditional web host. Perform regular backups. Update passwords regularly. Use reputable themes and plugins that are updated regularly. If you need help ensuring the security of your site or want to know more about WordPress then get in touch with the experts of a web development company in Lakewood, CO

 
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HTTPS vs HTTP: A Guide to Securing A Website

Google continues to push sites to switch to HTTPS. All HTTP sites are now clearly marked as “insecure” to anyone searching the web. Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (abbreviated as HTTP) allows linking and browsing on your website. A serious drawback of an unprotected website is the possibility of your content or ads being replaced or altered for another company’s gain. The main purpose for an HTTPS website is its security and assisting in the prevention of easy access for online intruders and digital hackers. Once you've got migrated from HTTP to HTTPS, browsers will recognize that your site is safe to peruse, and visitors will see the green padlock symbol, which assures them that your website is safe to browse. The expert team of web designers in Castle Rock, CO, is up to date with the latest trends and updates that can have a significant impact on how your website is seen on the internet. 

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Website Security Tips for This Year and Beyond

Everything that relates to your website’s health is worth studying and mentioning. Website security solutions will increasingly depend upon machine learning and AI to shield users. There’s a lot you can do at the granular level to assist secure your website. Antivirus software like Norton and other popular brands can clean up devices on company networks. You can use simple things like encrypted Wi-Fi, antivirus, and anti-malware within your network for website protection. There’s good password management software on the market which will reinforce website protection. Encryption software is a must-have when performing work on a laptop or mobile device in public. Get on board, and work with professional web developers in Denver, CO who understand online work like the back of their hand. 

 
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Lots of Brute Force Attacks on Wordpress sites today

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that there is a huge concentrated botnet attack against wordpress sites going on at the moment.  Basically they try and log in to your administrative account by guessing your username and password.  There are a lot of steps you can take to help prevent your site from being vulnerable.  The most important step is to make sure that you have a very strong password that uses both Upper and Lower case alphabets, numbers and symbols and is at the very least 10 characters long.  I make mine a lot longer than that.  Also it is VERY important to make sure that your username is not left as Admin or Sysadmin.  I've had 11 attacks on my site this morning already and nearly every one of them tried to log in as admin which is the default username for wordpress. Changing that is important.

There are a whole host of plugins that you can use for security and I'd rather not go into the specifics of which ones I use and I'll explain why in a bit.  Two days ago my spam filters caught two different comments. The first one said

 

Hοwdy, i read youг blog occasіonally and i owո a similar one and i was just curious iif you get a lot of spam fеedback? If so how do you pгotect against it, any plugin or
anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it’s driνing me mad so any help is very mɦch appreciated.

 

Notice the misspelled words and the vague reference.  They mention NOTHING specific about my site and this is one way you can usually tell spammers from real comments. I believe this person or bot was fishing for information in the hopes that I would leave a reply telling them the kind of security I use.  

Here's another one:

Thіs is a topiϲ that iѕ close to my heart…

Best wishes! Exactly where are youг contact ԁetails though?

This is a topic that is close to my heart?  It's a freaking book review. And I know my reviews aren't so damn good that they would be close to your heart!  Again notice the vague reference to my site. This is how spammers do it, they'll leave comments such as great site, or thank you for the informative post.  Now some real people may do that too but most of the time it's spammers.  I also think this person was fishing for information such as my email.  I have a way for people to contact me on my site but my email address is HIDDEN on purpose.  It just says contact me.  It's very easy to find ways to do this..  

Here's the newest piece of spam I received 

 

Hello! I simply would like to give a huge thumbs up for the nice
data you might have right here on this post. I shall be
coming again to your blog for extra soon.

Again notice the vague reference? They're all starting to look the same. I don't provide NICE DATA, I do book reviews and this guy's name was SEO which is a huge black flag to me.  I'm thinking about adding SEO to my blocking list.

While those are just spam the attacks are a whole different matter.  I think those first two spams were connected to some attacks on my site a week ago.  The very next day that same IP tried to log into my account and after 7 attempts I ramped up my security and blocked their IP.  I get real time notices when things like this happen and I had just woken up when it started that day.  Today I woke up after all of the attacks but my security did it's job.  

I'd love to be able to discuss what I use but with someone fishing for information like that I'd rather not reveal what security features I'm using since I have a link to my Booklikes blog on my site and anyone would easily be able to trace it to here and find out.  I doubt it would help them too much knowing what I use but why take those chances.  

  • Anyway I just wanted to give everyone a heads up.  You can only change your Admin name that first time.  I think once you've changed it from Admin then you can't change it again but you can create a new admin account and give yourself admin privileges and then delete the old one but be super careful, test it out before deleting anything.  You wouldn't want to lock yourself out.  Also be sure to make regular backups of your site in the case that it does become compromised.  I'm hoping that the attacks are slowing down but regardless be careful and play it safe.  
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