Posts Tagged ‘password’
Passwords are a touchy subject. We all know just how important it is to create a secure password so as to avoid hackers getting into your account. Whether it is your email address or your online banking account, it doesn’t matter. A secure password is always necessary.
Then again, there is the matter of remembering all those passwords! That is the main reason the average person tends to use passwords that are associated with something they relate to, which make them easy to remember – birthdays, names of family members, and so on. But we know that security experts say this is a big no-no! Read More
Earlier this month, WordPress users across the world (as well as users on other platforms) fell victim to a massive brute-force attack on their sites.
The hack, or attempted hack, used a large botnet (a network of compromised computers doing the bidding of someone else) to repeatedly try and guess passwords on WordPress sites to gain administrative access to them. From there, the botnets would take over the sites and attempt to integrate them into a new bothnet, one made up of high-powered servers with better connections to the Web.
For most sites, the hacking attempt was pretty harmless. If you don’t use the original “admin” account and have a password that is easily guessed, you were most likely safe from the attack. Rather, the attack was an attempt to cast a broad net in hopes of finding the low-hanging fruit, sites that can be trivially broken into.
But while your site is probably fine as long as you took even the most basic precautions, there were still repercussions. The weight of thousands of attempts to login put a strain on many people’s servers, especially if the server had many different WordPress sites. This resulted in websites slowing to a crawl and even shutting down, including ones not directly affected.
But while the worst seems to have passed for now, there are still some lessons to be learned from it and it’s important to grasp them before the next wave hits.
Because if there’s one thing that’s for certain, there is another wave coming. Read More
Question: What is the most common door hackers use to enter your site?
Answer: The same one you use.
It is a little-known fact that much of what we think of as “hacking” and “cracking” is really just social engineering and guesswork. Though blogs can and often do get exploited because of some kind of security issue, your password is your first and best line of defense against attacks.
Yet, far too many bloggers are very relaxed about their passwords. It starts with picking poor ones, continues with reusing them on untrustworthy services and all-too-often ends with one’s site being defaced, deleted or, even worse, loaded up with malware that infects with visitors.
It’s a very dangerous blogging pitfall but, fortunately, one that can be very easily avoided.