WordPress & Internet Security

Internet Security for your WordPress website

With Malware and Hacker attacks making the news every second day securing your website has never been more important. Vlad Lasky gave a great talk at WordCamp Sydney last weekend explaining some of the issues involved in securing your wordpress website and how to make sure your website is as secure as possible. As the LinkedIn affair a few months ago taught us, no one is immune from hacker attacks but there are some easy to implement solutions for small business owners and bloggers.

Below you will find Vlad Lasky’s slideshow that he presented at Sydney University. For those in a hurry here’s a brief outline of some of his key points:

  • Ensure you have an SSL certificate on your website
  • Install a WordPress plugin that prevents Brute Force attacks- that is a hacker entering millions of different passwords until they get it right.
  • Install an Application Firewall plugin, like WP Firewall 2, to help prevent SQL and PHP injection attacks against your WordPress site.
  • Don’t make changes to your website when you are using a public Wi-Fi network such as a Cafe. If you really have to access your WordPress website from a public/ untrusted computer always use two-factor authentication.
  • Ensure your passwords are at least 12 characters long and not dictionary words.
  • Have a different password for every site.
  • Change your admin name from admin to something less obvious as this immediately makes life harder for hackers.

Vlad is Sydney based but works with clients around the world and is a great guy to boot. So if you need some solid advice about your internet security options then feel free to contact him at WP Expert.

Small Business Ideas - 28 Jul 2012 - by Rob Jennings

About Rob Jennings

When he found himself embroiled in a conversation with someone talking about their ‘customer-centric core competencies’ he realised it was time to create a Web Design Agency that was less about self promoting buzz-words and more about people and giving them the tools to understand the web.

The idea behind We Push Buttons was to create an environment where business owners can learn about building their organisation, whether it be with an outstanding website, SEO or any other marketing ideas. Coming from the art industry and online retail background he knows first hand the needs of growing a business in a tough environment.