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WordPress Attacks: How to Keep Your Blog Safe and Running

May 7, 2013 by  
Filed under All Posts, Internet Marketing

Millions of WordPress blogs are summarily being attacked by botnet scams, which are compromised computers controlled by profit-minded crooks. Once a WordPress has been successfully attacked, it becomes part of the botnet. Then, the newly strengthened botnet continues its quest to grow even bigger. Currently, over 100,000 websites have been subsumed by the botnet estimates claim the botnet is testing up to 2 million passwords hourly, according to www.Internetproviders.com. Although these attacks are scary, there’s no reason for bloggers to despair as there are countless steps you can take to protect your WordPress blog.

Drop the “admin”

According to Huffington Post, the WordPress botnet is targeting blogs that have “admin” as their username. This is the default username provided by WordPress, and surprisingly, many users never bother to change it. If you haven’t changed your username yet, you may want to do so immediately.

Two-step authentication Internet security concept

Just before the botnet started to wrack havoc on WordPress blogs, WordPress actually strengthened their security systems. Users who are interested in having a more secure experience can choose two-step authentication provided by WordPress.

In order to use this approach, you’ll have to download the Google Authenticator app onto your smartphone. When you sign into your WordPress account, you’ll be prompted to enter a number which you will find on your app. Because the numbers are almost reissued every thirty seconds and because you have to use two different devices, it’s a sure fire way to avoid attacks.

If you want to take advantage of two-step authentication, you simply need to find the security tab on your WordPress account. This is located on the account settings. You can select this option manually, or you can work your way through the setup wizard to ensure that everything is arranged correctly.

Alternatives to WordPress

Taking the right security steps can make your WordPress blog safer than ever, but in spite of that fact, many bloggers are looking for an alternative to the content management services that WordPress provides. With the right knowledge, you can easily setup a website that does everything that WordPress does, but accomplishing that on your own can be difficult if you’re not a techie. Luckily, there are user- friendly, web content management sites that you can turn to if you’re tired of WordPress.

Adobe Business Catalyst charges a nominal monthly fee, but they also offer a wide range of e-commerce tools, in addition to content management tools. Unfortunately, Adobe Business Catalyst is not as easy to use as WordPress, and you may even want to brush up on your HTML before you try this program.

Plone is a completely free alternative to WordPress. Although it’s easy to use, it’s backed by fairly complicated technology, which supports a range of features. Most users will find it to be similar to WordPress, but it has a few user creation processes that are superior to what WordPress offers. If you want something similar to WordPress, you may want to consider Typo. Of all the content management programs, this one seems the most like WordPress, so it’s an easy switch for most bloggers to make.

Whether you are worried about security threats or just ready to try something new, it’s important to note that WordPress isn’t the only fish in the sea. However, before giving up on WordPress, you may want to try a few of the protection strategies listed above. They may be just what you need to protect your current blog.

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