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Spring Brings Brute Force Attacks on WordPress sites

24.04.2013
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2013 Botnet Attacks on Wordpress based websites

Around mid-April news of attacks on WordPress based websites was spreading fast. Described as brute-force attacks, these botnets are intent on gaining access to websites by repeatedly hammering away at the administrative login. Some sources reported the April 2013 attack as being the worst ever.
The botnet’s job is to attack your WordPress login in an attempt to get the right combination of username and password that gets them logged in as the website administrator. In case you’re not quite grasping the seriousness of this, it means if they gain access they are LOGGED IN AS […]

TimThumb SECURITY VULNERABILITY Hits WordPress Sites

23.08.2011
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Tonight I learned about a recent security breach involving WordPress sites that use the super-popular TimThumb script which resizes images on they fly — such as automatically creating your thumbnails for example. You need to know and understand that this is not something your hosting company or your designer is responsible for. TimThumb is in use by probably hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites and is automatically included in many WordPress themes but most commonly in the premium (paid) themes.
WPMU.org reports: “Timthumb is a very, very popular script and so it is […]

Deb’s WordPress Tutorials

28.03.2011
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The past couple of months has been more than unusually web-work-busy for me. I launched several new sites and still have a number of projects in my “to be completed” pile. I’ve had so much work on my desk — about the time I think I see some light at the other end — three or four more projects march through the door, so many people pulling me in different directions, had to get my taxes ready for my accountant (when you don’t keep up with the paperwork all year long this makes for some heavy duty work […]

My MUST HAVE WordPress Plugins

18.07.2010
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When you install WordPress, you’re installing what I call an enhanced version of a bare-bones blog and a Content Management System. This is one reason that WordPress is so popular. The default install gives you the basic system and some additional goodies. From this point on the sky’s the limit! You can customize to your heart’s content with add-ons called plugins. If you’re PHP savvy you can even modify existing plugins or create your own! If you’re not into PHP, there are plenty of developers out there you can hire to do some […]