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Archive for April, 2014

Don’t wait, do the update!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

If you run a website using one of the popular CMS, Forum or eCommerce platforms (WordPress, Joomla etc) then we urge you to update and secure it regularly, don’t wait, hackers are constantly searching out and attacking these types of website and in the last 12 months we have noticed the problem has become significantly worse. Brute force attacks are becoming a daily occurrence and here at we are regularly seeing badly secured websites hacked and used to send spam, host malware or phishing sites or simply defaced.

The things you should be doing now –

1. Update the base software regularly.
2. Protect your site from brute force attacks.
3. Know what plugins your site uses and actively update them.
4. Make sure you are using complex passwords, change the default admin username and don’t forget about your panel and ftp accounts. Use a tool like the free lastpass to generate and stored complex passwords for you.
5. Never use the same passwords for different logins and especially the SQL connection password which is typically stored in plain text inside your site files.
6. Make sure your site files and folders have the correct permissions set.
7. Take regular file and database backups to store locally.