website security

I’ve been playing around with websites for quite a while, and my favorite DIY platform is wordpress, because of it’s simplicity.

I have noticed a huge increase recently though in hacking attempts.  It seems that the number of bots trying to hack wordpress sites has gone way up.    For example, I had several hundred unsuccessful users trying to log in as the user ‘admin’ last night.

What is the best way to deal with this?

Simple:  Make sure you have a recent version of wordpress installed, and install the wordfence plugin.  It’s free and immediately locks down your site against most script based attackers.  refer to these instructions for details

Take a look at this review – they did a pretty good job summarizing it:

I’ll add a followup article in the future to discuss additional tricks for locking down your site

About andy dingfelder

Andy has over 20 years of technology leadership experience in Software Testing / Development / Project Management and Team Leadership in multiple industry sectors, including: Telco, Healthcare, Technology and government. He is currently working as a Senior Test Consultant for Planit Software Testing. Master's Degree in Public Information Information Systems, and over 10 years of board governance experience for multiple organisations. Full bio is available at: Follow him on Twitter at Andy Dingfelder lives in the Wellington region, New Zealand with his wife and two daughters.
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