Being up to date with your security on the internet is a full time task nowadays. Just when you think you have the whole thing wrapped up, out comes another threat to attack the internet. Quite frankly I don’t see what fun they get out of it. I mean it isn’t as if they can see what they are doing and do they ever think of the person on the other side? That might be their only connection to the outside world. Be that as it may there are so many viruses Trojans worms and other junk on the band waves it is hard to keep up with them all. To this end we are going to look at a few plug-ins that we can add to WordPress to help keep us a little more secure.
The first we are looking at is Limit Logins
With the standard WordPress, people can try an unlimited number of times to login into your blog. But if you introduce this plug-in into your WordPress you will be able to limit the attempts before they are locked out for 20 minutes or whatever time you decide on. You can decide how many times they can try before they get locked out. There is an additional option you can implement whereby they can get an email notification of their password. You can also opt to be advised by email of continual attempts to log in. Should you lock yourself out by mistake you would have to FTP into the site and change a few items. The fixes for this are on the download website.
Keeping Spam bots at Bay
We all know what spammers do. Well when spam bots are on the loose and enter our blog they can cause untold havoc. To stop them entering and to tone down the harm they can do, we require the following plug-in to keep them at bay. It is called Sabre. Sabre has numerous features you can implement from a captcha code to making the registration email verified. All in all there are 19 options you can implement with this plug-in.
Semisecure is next
This plug-in uses an encryption method to encrypt the chosen password used by the visiting party. This requires Java.
This is a way of preventing denial of service attacks. This plug-in even goes as far as looking to see what kind of software your potential visitor might be using. You would need to check with your server as to whether this requires special permission although the program itself is free and open source. You would require PHP5.
Secure WordPress aims keep your blog safer. What you can do with it is take out any error info that appears on your login page. It will also install and index.php section in the plug-in directory. The version of WordPress that you are using is removed except in your admin area. Information for people about stuff in the actual theme and program is removed and not available to those who are not administrators. Simple discover is taken out as is windows live writer. In addition the URL’s are removed from things like scripts and or style sheets.
That’s all for today folks.
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