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Your Wordpress blog could be being HACKED right now


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I don't normally fall for all of the urban myths that travel around the internet and on Facebook - quick warn all your friends who have eyes that ......something could happen...aliens and laser beams ....unless you........tell all your friends....Nonsense for the most part.

But THIS I believe and I wanted to get this out to you right away so if you have a Wordpress blog you have a chance to protect yourself and your blog before it might be too late.

It seems there are hackers about - we all know this, but are pretty much unaware of how and why they might want to target bloggers.  At the moment it seems Wordpress is under attack - you can read more about it in this comprehensive article HERE.  Its pretty technical, but as I can understand it, once they have access to your Wordpress account, they can access the server your site is hosted on, and use the server, and all the servers of all the other hacked users, for malicious purposes by harnessing the combined power of all those super fast computers.

Want to stop these people?  Of course you do.  So you need to protect your Wordpress account.  Here is how:

1 - the default user name when you set up your account is ADMIN.  Many users will change it, but most will not so the hackers will be targeting (mostly) those users who have the ADMIN user name - after all once they have your username they are half way there to logging in already.  

So go to Wordpress, Users, All Users and check your user name.  If it is something other than Admin - you can skip this step.  If you are using Admin, you really need to think about changing this to make your account more secure.  The trouble is - you cannot change your username.  So you need to set up a new user.

PLEASE - DO THIS WITH EXTREME CAUTION.   I don't want things to go wrong - if in doubt, don't do it!

Users, Add New.  Pick a user name, enter your details and a password.

Then - CRITICAL - you must set the role as ADMINISTRATOR to give yourself full access to the site.  NOT any of the others.

Now log out and log back in again with your new user details and password.  Check that you have the full access to everything you usually see, go to Users and double and then triple check that your role is Administrator.

Hover over the "Admin" in the user list and you'll see the option to delete that user account. Click "Delete."

You will be asked on the next page if you want to delete all posts and links. WARNINGDO NOT DELETE. If you do, you will delete all existing posts. Instead, choose the second option "Attribute all posts and links" and select the new user in the drop down menu.


PLEASE - DO THIS WITH EXTREME CAUTION.  I do not want you to lose access to your blog, or to delete all of your posts in error.  PLEASE be careful.

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2.  Assuming 1 went well, or if you decide to skip step 1, or if you are not using ADMIN as your username - then you should change your password and make sure it is secure.

Use a password that is at least 8 characters long and make it a combination of letters, capitals, numbers and special characters.   Wordpress own recommendations - Hint: The password should be at least seven characters long. To make it stronger, use upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols like ! " ? $ % ^ & ).

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3.  Install a plug in to limit the number of times a user can attempt to log in and fail.  Again - use caution - you don't want to forget your new password and then end up blocking yourself out of your site because you tried to login several times and failed.

I use Limited Login Attempts plugin.  Find out more about it and download it here.  You can set it so that a user will be restricted for attempting to login and failing - their IP address will be blocked for a set amount of time and you will be sent an email notifying you of the attempt. There are some reports that this may still not be 100% effective, but at least you will know if your site is being targeted.

These steps should only take you around 10-15 minutes, but could save you endless hassle later on if your site's security is compromised.

There are no guarantees for 100% protection, of course, but these steps could minimize the risk.

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