Securing your WordPress site

Last Updated on September 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. WordPress sites are often under attack within the first hour of going public. There are steps that you should take to protect your site.

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A basic set of WordPress Plugins, mostly free. Updated Aug 2020

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site including critical security features. For any feature that you wish to add, there are usually one or more plugins that will accomplish the task. Plugins are a matter of your needs and personal taste.

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Securing a small office network.

Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Many small business networks are horrendously insecure. One insecure component can devastate your business

The following is a basic list of things that you should do to secure your network.

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Things to do to stop a brute force attack on a WordPress Blog

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I woke up this morning to see that some of my sites were a bit slow to respond.  Shortly after, I was getting a resource limit message from my host when trying to get to the front or back ends of any of the WordPress sites.  I checked cPanel and my resources were maxed out.

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Using the Author Feature of WordPress to Brand Your Name

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

If you have a blog or site and want to brand your name, the WordPress author feature can  help tremendously. I made a simple change to my four WordPress sites and the Google Search Results changed dramatically overnight.

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SOLVED – WPS Hide Admin not working after deploying HTTPS in WordPress

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I was using WPS Hide Admin to hide the login URL of my WordPress sites. That is a critical tool in preventing Brute force attacks. After migrating the sites to HTTPS, WPS Hide Login was not longer working. I found a simple solution to the problem.

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WordPress – Brute force attacks stopped with the wps-hide-login plugin

Last Updated on December 18, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

One of my WordPress sites came under a determined brute force password attack. The amount of traffic brought down the other sites on my shared hosting. I added the IP Geoblock and WPS Hide Logins.  I also tweaked the settings for Wordfence. The number of brute force attacks dropped dramatically.

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Pharma hacks explained – How to fix

Last Updated on December 11, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

There has been an increase in the number of Pharma Hacks on Joomla sites.

Many of the hosting companies are scanning their user’s sites and sending notices if the Joomla install is not up to the latest version. They are threatening to take the sites down if the updates aren’t done.

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Securing your Joomla admin login from brute force attacks.

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I noticed that several of our Joomla sites would slow down significantly. Looking at the access log showed one IP address with numerous GET and POSTs  such as

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Did you forget your adminexile key (Joomla)

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

We have been using the Adminexile extension for Joomla. This is a tool to stop brute force attacks against the Admin account on the back end.

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