There is a constant, world-wide war being waged against WordPress sites.
If you use WordPress for your site, like I do, there’s one thing you can do immediately, and one amazing plugin you can add to it that will keep you safe from this attack.
And it’s all free. What do I recommend you do first?
First, a very brief summary of what’s happening. Then, I’ll give you some homework for today, then the plugin you need to get in the next 60 SECONDS.
Since Thursday of last week, a group of hackers has been using an automated program to attempt a large number of logins on sites that are identified as using WordPress. This is happening world wide, in an attempt to turn those sites into automated spam servers.
You don’t want your VO actor site turned into an automated spam server. You just don’t.
Here’s an article that gives the tech details, if you want to wade through it.
(You may have noticed that the VO2GoGo site is a heckuva lot faster than it was. It’s because I implemented these suggestions – I was getting hammered by this robot-like hacking tool.)
So, first, I want you to do one thing, right now, if you haven’t already: change the name of your administrator User login from the WordPress default “admin” to something else. Anything else. That’s the first thing the tool looks for – it tries the login with the username “admin”, and if it’s not “admin”, it can’t be successful.
Now, you can’t just change the name from ‘admin.’ If you try to simply change the admin name, you’ll get an error that says “Usernames can’t be changed.” What you actually have to do is create a new user with administration privileges that isn’t named ‘admin’, log out and then log in to the new user, then delete the old admin user and assign all their articles to the newly created user.
The hackers can still slow down your site by submitting username and password combinations, over and over and over, creating a real drain on your system, and potentially cracking your password.
So go – go change your administration username.
I’ll check in with you next time with further instructions.