All of the websites that I design are protected
I am not a brand new programmer or WordPress user. When I put up a site, I make certain that I have security on it before it becomes public.
I design a site to be as safe as possible from spam, DOS (Denial Of Service) attacks, and attempts to get into the administration portion of the website, etc. An example is shown in a post on a site that I designed for my wife and myself, Designs by C and N. It isn’t complete yet, as other priorities have taken over.
And I don’t use just one plugin or program to do it. By using many different plugins and programs for security, it makes it harder for the site to be hacked. I also will change them from time to time as newer and better security becomes available
Spam is a fact of life these days
Unfortunately, spam is something that we have to live with every day. People and companies are trying to get our attention and to get us to do whatever it takes to make them money. There are also malicious spammers or con-artists that are just out to get your hard-earned money.
Most companies and individuals are just trying to eek out a living by using the internet to provide more potential customers and clients. These type of people, myself included, are just a little annoying because they sent you an email without you requesting it.
Then there are the sites that you visit and subscribe to a newsletter or give them permission to send you daily, weekly or sporadic emails. These are something you asked for, but sometimes they can be overwhelming also.
Then there are the mailing sellers that put you on all kinds of lists for emails that you don’t want or could care less about. And most of them are hard to get off of the list. No matter how hard you try, they just keep sending you emails many times per day. I know this for a fact. I was getting 55 to 75 unsolicited emails per day until I finally got my spam filter setup correctly.
Denial of Service Attacks
A DOS attack is when many different computers tied together is a bot-network all try to go to the same website and try to cause the server to go done so nobody can access that website. The botnet will keep others from access just by the overwhelming amount of traffic that they generate.
A botnet isn’t a bunch of humans trying to hit the website. It is a computer program that is run on many different computers all at the same time.
If your computer has been hacked or contains the right malware, it can become part of the botnet without you even knowing it. You may notice a slow down in processing.
But if you don’t take the necessary precautions to keep your computer up to date and safe, you could be part of a bigger problem. And some email providers and hosting companies will take down or block access to an offending account and you won’t even know of a problem until it is too late.
Hacking your website administration
If you have a website, there is an administration part where you can keep up with writing or adding posts and/or pages. change the design, etc. Hackers will try to get into it by using the name and password as if it were you coming in.
Even though they don’t know your password or user name, a computer can try many different combinations very quickly, a lot faster than you can type. The program is given a database of names and passwords that either guessed by the programmer or are shared from hacked websites or phones.
A slow computer can check over 10,000 names or passwords per second. And that is a very slow computer. Imagine of you had a botnet of 100 computers tied together, each trying a different part of the database.
You can see how a common username or an easily determined password could be cracked with a small botnet. So use a strong password with both uppercase and lowercase letters and add in or substitute numerals and symbols to make it harder to cracked.
Like a DOS, password and username guessing will hit your site many times in a short length of time, hoping to hit the right combination. Once they are into your admin area, they will change things so you can’t get back in and they can put up any message that they want.
Remember to always be safe on the web
Always use a username that would hard to guess, but easy for you to remember. As for your password, do not use the name of one of your children, a pet or an address. If you have to do it to remember your password easily, add new numbers to it or substitute a number or symbol for some of the letters that look similar to the letter it replaces. Doing both makes it even better.
Some of us use the same letters,numbers and/or symbols for our password with either a different suffix, prefix or both for a password that can be used for any site that you join. Just remember to make something that you can remember and don’t use the same prefix or suffix for all sites.
Thanks for putting up with my ramblings. I hope you got some good information.
Carl Linde aka Geeky Grandpa
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