Security

What is SPF / Sender Policy Framework?

SPF records are used to prevent spammers from trying to make it look like their spam comes from your email address. While SPF records don’t guarantee prevention of forged addresses, they do a lot to help prevent it. Spammers commonly use sender forgery to try and trick their recipients into reading their SPAM emails. SPF works by publishing a list of…

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January 2017 WordPress Botnet Bruteforce Attacks

Although we haven’t seen any major reporting on it yet, as of 2017 our servers have detected a massive botnet attacking WordPress installations in an attempt to exploit weak passwords. Our typical firewall rules are configured to allow at most 15 login attempts prior to immediately blocking the IP at the network level. This works…

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How to fix a hacked WordPress site

If your WordPress site has been hacked, don’t panic! Just like everything else IT related, solving this is simply a matter of following the right steps. The following guide will help you to fix your hacked WordPress website. About WordPress Hacks It’s important to keep in mind that most WordPress hacks are not targeted: it’s highly unlikely…

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How to improve Fail2ban IO Performance

Solution #1: inotify vs gamin If you don’t have it installed already, get python-inotify installed. Fail2ban should then automatically start using that library rather than gamin for log file updates. This is very helpful when it comes to servers with *many* log files. Details on how this is done here. If that doesn’t cut it,…

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Keep your plugins updated!

It has been brought to our attention that the popular “All-In-One SEO” plugin for WordPress leaves your website open to what is called a cross-site scripting attack. This means both your website and your visitor’s computers could be vulnerable when visiting your website! Please be sure to login to your WordPress install and update the…

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What you need to create a website

This is an overview of how web hosting works and the services you require when operating a website. In the following outline, the first three are the required components. While search marketing is optional, if you intend to make money or bring in new business from your website, then Online Marketing is a necessary component as well. Domain…

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Choosing an FTP or SFTP Application

Choosing an FTP or SFTP application shouldn’t be a difficult process. This overview will suggest a great application that works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X called FileZilla. It will show you how to configure it to connect to your server, how to set up the appearance for the simplest usage, and then talk…

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