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Brute Force

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

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

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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A basic set or WordPress Plugins, mostly free.

A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site. 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 your WordPress site

Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

My phone started getting a rash of incoming email from 2 WordPress sites I had recently launched. The emails were from WordFence, a WordPress security program. WordFence was identifying brute force attacks from Russia, Poland, China and other countries. As it identified the attacks, it locked the IP of the attacker and notified me. Continue reading

Pharma hacks explained – How to fix

I’ve noticed 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.

In several cases, I’ve found that the sites have been Pharma Hacked.

What is  a Pharma Hack?

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RDPGuard – Protect Windows Servers from Brute force RDP attacks.

Many windows servers and desktops run RDP to allow users to remote into the machine (Remote Desktop Protocol).

The problem is, that there are large botnets that will try brute force attacks on machines running RDP. Once they find an IP of a server, they start trying combinations of passwords. In most cases, they will try administrtor as the user. Continue reading

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