Defending Against a WordPress Brute Force Attack

Security experts are warning about a large botnet attacking WordPress sites using brute force attempts to break passwords.

It is important to note that WordPress is not insecure.  It is a target fir hackers due to the massive number of installed sites., Many of these are installed using “Admin” as the user, and with “password123″ as the password.  You have that, there’s a reason you’ve been hacked.

Do yourself a favor, protect your WordPress site from brute force attacks – hire a professional to install it or at least to run a security audit on it. If your site is hacked, email me and I can try to fix it.

Here is a list safety measures to protect you from a WordPress Brute Force Attack

  • Install the plugin to Limit Attempts to Access Admin – this may not stop it cold as some reports have the current attack using over 90k ip addresses.  Still, this is worth while. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/
  • Change your password (and ALL passwords for your site ) to something that uses at least 8 characters, including numbers, symbols and uppercase.
  • Do not use “Admin” as your user name.  If you do, set up a new administrator account and delete the admin user.
  • You can install a second layer of security by installing an htaccess password.  Instructions here.

If you can’t do this, then please contact me and I can do it for you.

Blue Ice now available!

blue_ice_coverBlue Ice  by Mark N. Cahill (yeah, that’s me) is now released.  You can find it on Amazon.com, at Createspace.com, on the Kindle, and on the Nook.  Additionally, it’s up on Goodreads.com and I’ve been accepted into their Authors Program.

There will be a book release party on 4/6 at Sakura Tokyo in Worcester at 7:30 which is open to the public.  Cash bar, and there will be a band in the lounge at around 9, so join us for dancing and fun with friends.

So the book…

I started writing it a long time ago.  It was pretty much complete in 1998, and was on the publication list for Little, Brown and Company that year for a little while, but it got bumped by James Patterson, if I recall correctly.  It was then picked up by Vantage for their summer list, but dropped due to budget cuts.  No one seemed to want to give a first time writer the love in those days.

So I recently decided I was ready to start writing again and I decided it would border on criminal not to release Blue Ice before I started on anything else.  So I have.

Blue Ice is a story about a pair of US Treasury agents on the trail of diamond lasers that are being illegally shipped out of the country.  IN the process they meet an engineer, Jim Anderson, who becomes involved in the development of synthetic diamonds.  That puts everyone around him in mortal danger as the diamond cartel ruthlessly attempts to protect their monopoly.

It is a fast past techno-thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat.  I certainly hope that you get as much enjoyment out of reading it as I did from writing it.

Good article on Crap Hat SEO Tricks that need to die…

For those that don’t recognize the term, craphat (in this example at least) is short for that crap SEO professionals should know better than to do, but do it anyway because they’re lazy SOBs. For some reason, these craphat SEO techniques just won’t die. They keep holding on – like that nasty, bitter, rich, 110-year-old relative nobody likes…

The ones listed below are just a few; there are plenty more out there. If you have a SEO “professional” talking about providing these SEO techniques for you, we’re so, so sorry. If you are a SEO professional still talking about these SEO techniques, dude – quit crapping on our industry, m’kay? Go find a different industry to use as your personal toilet.

Read it here…