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    JohnW
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    Hi All,
    This is by way of spreading a website security ALERT!

    It was originally notified on FS in the “Talking Tech” forum but does not seems to have attracted the attention it deserves.

    The “Sales & Marketing” forum often delves into the area of web publishing systems, so it seemed appropriate to extend the warning to its participants.

    I encourage you to read these articles:

    Wordpress powers 64 million websites worldwide and that also makes it a major hacker’s target.

    “Now, it’s under attack by hackers. And that could put you under attack.” according to…
    15 Apr 13: WordPress Sites Attacked; May Be Prep for DDoS Barrage

    “…one of the concerns of an attack like this is that the attacker is using a relatively weak botnet of home PCs in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack”

    15 Apr 13: WordPress hit by massive botnet: Worse to come, experts warn
    “Blogging and website platform WordPress has been hit by a massive botnet of tens of thousands of computers, but it could be just the surface of a wider, larger attack.”

    IMHO, the most expensive website is a DIY site. Sooner rather than later most DIYers will be hit with a major, time consuming problem.
    Regs,
    JohnW

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    MatthewKeath
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    Some takeaways from this:

    1. Biggest will be always be targeted.
    2. Have strong passwords and username.
    3. Take proactive steps to keep your site secure.
    4. Ensure you have a backup.
    5. Don’t panic.

    I love WordPress, and are a huge advocate, but running a website on your own hosting after installing WordPress yourself takes technical skill and understanding.

    Hosted solutions are the future. They may cost a little more sometimes, but all the security should be taken care of. Mind you, nothing can save you if you insist on using poor passwords.

    I personally am launching a hosted modified WordPress solution shortly, that is the direction websites are heading towards.

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    Brent@Ontrax
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    Not too long ago I found a plugin called Captcha by BestWebSoft, which can not only be used on the contact us page but also the login page, so you not only have to enter a username and password but also answer the mathematical question.

    But still highly recommend the other mentioned steps.

    Brent

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