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October 24th in Wordpress Plugins by .

We keep hearing about WordPress sites getting hacked frequently. The mere fact that WordPress is a very popular content management system makes the sites running on it a target for hackers. We have covered plenty of ways you can go about hardening WordPress. You may also want to think about hiding certain information about your site. Hiding the WordPress login page, version, and other features might keep hackers at bay. Here are 5 plugins you can use to hide WordPress features:

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Hide My WP: hides the fact that you are running WordPress. It hides various WordPress specific features to make it harder for hackers to mess with your site. You can change permalinks, hide your login page, and do a whole lot more. [click to continue…]

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September 1st in Wordpress Tips by .

Many WordPress webmasters are quite vigilant when it comes to securing their sites against hack attacks. Knowing how to keep your WordPress code secure is important but not the only thing you need to worry about. You should also take time to address other security issues that your server may be suffering from. For instance, you should not allow everyone to have access to your cPanel account. That is pretty easy to fix if you know your way around your Web Host Manager software.

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July 6th in Backup Plugins, Wordpress Tips by .

Managing a WordPress site or two is not that difficult. You will have to take time to update all your plugins, upgrade your themes, manage users, and do other tasks required to run your community by logging into each of your sites. Your job will be much harder when you have to do those tasks for more than a couple of sites. InfiniteWP is an awesome script that makes managing your sites from one place easy. It can even backup all your sites from one dashboard.

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To schedule backups using InfiniteWP, you are going to have to get the Schedule Backups add-on. It is a premium add-on that normally costs you under $70. Once you install that, you will be able to backup your files and database on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Users can choose the start time for the backup process and the number of backup files they would like to keep.

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InfiniteWP can optimize your database before starting the backup process. It has a fail-safe mode just in case your backup fails. You can make it even more powerful by picking up the Backup to Repositories add-on. That allows you to send your backup files to Amazon S3 or Dropbox and restore your files more conveniently.

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InfiniteWP is a huge time-saver for webmasters who have to manage multiple WordPress sites for a living. Many folks prefer premium solutions such as ManageWP to InfiniteWP but we have had a lot of success with both. The above add-ons let you backup your website automatically. What’s not to like?

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June 27th in Hack Prevention, Wordpress Tips by .

Getting hacked is one of the worst experiences you can have as a webmaster. It is not possible to stop all hack attacks. But there are many things you can do as a webmaster to keep your server and site secure. Not taking the most basic security measures to protect your server could lead to disaster. In the past few months, we have covered plenty of tips and plugins WordPress webmasters can use to keep their websites secure. Here are 31 ways you can go about making your WordPress site harder to hack:

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Know your environment: I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t know anything about Linux, Unix, Apache, and other solutions you are using to power your website, you are going to have a very difficult time keeping your server secure. For instance, those of you who know your Linux can rely on tools such as rkhunter to look for backdoors. The same approach applies to WordPress too. You should spend a considerable amount of time to get yourself familiar with how themes and plugins affect your site’s performance and security. [click to continue…]

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June 26th in Hack Prevention by .

Nothing can be more frustrating than working so hard for months to build a quality online portal only to see it hacked and defaced. If you are not paying attention to what you are uploading to your server, that is exactly what’s going to happen. We have already covered WordPress plugins you can use to protect your website and make it harder to hack. These 5 exploit scanners are worth exploring too:

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ConfigServer eXploit Scanner: a premium solution that allows you to take a more proactive approach to server security. It scans your files for exploit script fingerprint matches, identifies suspicious files, and mitigates symlink attacks. It uses ClamAV to scan for viruses. [click to continue…]

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May 31st in Wordpress Plugins by .

WordPress is a secure content management system with a great community behind it. Unfortunately, it is a big target for hackers considering that many bloggers and online publishers rely on it to run their website. Choosing a strong admin password could make hacking your site more difficult. Enabling two-factor authentication is also a great idea for webmasters. These 4 plugins add that capability to your site:

Google Auth

Google Authenticator: this script lets you add two-factor authentication to your site using the Google Authenticator app. You can enable it for admin and regular account. [click to continue…]

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