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Is the Free SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt Safe?

Is the Free SSL Certificate from Let's Encrypt Safe?
This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Security September Series

Is the Free SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt Safe? Short answer? Yes! Every day visitors share sensitive information with many different websites. Details as important as your credit card number and bank credentials are entered. If the connection between the website and the visitor is not encrypted, then this information can be spoofed or spied … Read more

What to Expect from a WordPress Security Solution/Provider

What to Expect from a WordPress Security Solution/Provider
This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Security September Series

There are so many WordPress security solutions and security providers in the market that one has to struggle hard to find and settle with one. There are a lot of things that a security solution or a provider should take care of. This post is about what users need as a security solution. What are they ready to pay for. I am writing this post with three kinds of people in mind.

Detecting and Removing Backdoors From a Hacked WP Website

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This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Security September Series

Having your website hacked is not a pleasant experience. If you open your site and are being redirected to inappropriate sites, traffic plummets, getting blacklisted by search engines, browsers, and major antivirus software all point to one common thing; that is your site is hacked.

WordPress Backup Plugins to the Rescue of Hacked Websites

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This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Security September Series

There are many backup plugins for WordPress but, you might avoid scrolling down their list to read about their features. This is no ordinary list. I have selected the five best WordPress solutions for scheduling regular backups of your website especially to save your site in case it gets hacked. Each plugin offer features which … Read more

Addressing the WordPress Is Not Secure by Default Argument

Addressing the WordPress Is Not Secure by Default Argument
This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Security September Series

WordPress being an open source script has its code publicly available. It means anyone willing to contribute can build on top of others’ work. This is how WordPress software gets developed. The WordPress security team cannot always be on top of security vulnerabilities because it is difficult to address something which is not even discovered yet.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Fix Hacked WordPress Websites

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This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Security September Series

More often than not, I get to read about certain data loss horror story from WordPress users. “I was about to publish an article when my website crashed — I was unable to log in! Now I can’t get my data back no matter how hard I try!” Or, more relevant to the WordPress, “I was scrolling through my site logs where I noticed an unusual traffic spike or an overwhelming amount of spam content.” These are the pretty obvious signs of a hacked website, and something needs to be done about it.

WordPress Hosting Related Security Measures

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This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Security September Series

Security is of paramount importance for any website. One tiny loophole may cripple a years’ old popular website. Do you know that over a quarter of the websites on the internet use WordPress? This fact is very impressive but also put WordPress at high risk of attack by notorious hackers. One security bug in the … Read more

Is Removing the Fact Fact That You Use WordPress Helpful?

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This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Security September Series

Securing WordPress may sound like a topic being fairly covered across the web but, is that really the case? Here’s what I mean; I’ve scrolled through multiple articles featuring tips to secure websites but, rarely found people emphasizing on trying out solutions like removing the WordPress version number. That, in no way, lessen the importance … Read more

How to Secure and Optimize WordPress Database?

How to Secure and Optimize WordPress Database?
This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Security September Series

WordPress is a tremendous open source script. It requires MySQL and PHP to function. PHP works by retrieving information from the database to display on the site. As for MySQL, it is a database management system which is used to store information and settings of a WordPress site. Although you don’t need to learn either … Read more

Securing WordPress Websites Against Brute Force Attacks

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This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Security September Series

With hackers, intruders, and spammers ever-ready to attack, security is a top concern for WordPress sites. Bruteforcing through your login credentials is the most tried out attack by hackers these days. I cannot tell you how many times I have scrolled through my website logs, finding failed brute force login attempts. Brute force attacks are … Read more

Scanning Your WordPress Websites for Security Vulnerabilities

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This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Security September Series

In the previous article, I talked about the 5 Best WordPress Security Plugins and Solutions. You should check out that article before reading this one since they are both connected. What if you need to go beyond normal scanning plugins? This article is targeted towards intermediate users (let’s call them WP Super Admins who manage the clients’ WP websites for a living) and WordPress developers.

All You Need to Know About WordPress Security Keys and Salts

All You Need to Know About WordPress Security Keys and Salts
This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Security September Series

Protecting sites against brute force attacks is the fundamental step of WordPress security. In the previous article, you learned about ways to prevent hackers from brute forcing the login page. WordPress security keys and salts offer yet another solution to improve and harden your site security.

5 Best WordPress Security Plugins and Solutions

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This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Security September Series

WordPress is a popular CMS because it is easy to use. That is why a lot of beginners are turning to it for building dynamic websites. The challenges that a WordPress beginner faces while choosing a WordPress security solution are quite significant. Because the WordPress community is overwhelmed with so many security solutions to choose from.

WordPress Admin Area Security Best Practices

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This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Security September Series

The backbone of any website is the administrative area and in fact, the most intriguing zone for hackers. Whenever you install WordPress, it creates a password protected administrator user which has access to the admin dashboard; which btw is hidden behind a login page.

Why Is WordPress Website Security Important?

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This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Security September Series

How alarming is it to receive an email about an unauthorized login attempt to your WordPress account? Do you even have a WordPress login notification setup? Don’t worry that’s about to change; Daan Tol (owner of WPLift) got in touch with me, and we had a long conversation about WordPress security. Both of us knew that WordPress security is one of the biggest concerns for WPLift visitors. That’s why I have decided to start writing a series about WordPress Security. In this series, I will talk about everything you need to know and more about securing your WordPress website.

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