The Basics of Securing your WordPress Website – in Plain, Simple English

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Ways to make your website, and your life online, more secure.

Martin MaldenHi, my name is Martin, and I’ve been working with WordPress since 2006 – so I know a little about it..!

This site is written specially for non-technical people and focuses on non-technical steps you can take to get basic security measures in place, to increase protection both for your website and for yourself.

To maximise the protection of your website there are additional technical and configuration steps, over and above what I cover on this site, that you will need to put in place.

If you’re not comfortable doing those yourself, I can carry out an audit of your site and make the required changes to strengthen your site’s defences for you.

If you’d like to know more about that do please contact me.

Quick access: I’ve discussed the products I use to keep my sites safe and to recover from a hack here.

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Sucuri’s 2019 Website Threat Report

Sucuri 2019 website threat report.

Sucuri, a world-leading online security company, has released its report into the threats to websites that it investigated, researched and resolved during 2019. Just a couple of points from me:‘My website is too small to be hacked’ is not a defence! The hackers do not care how big or small your website is – they… Read more

Email-Based Scams Continue to Multiply – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

A fishing hook stealing a credit card.

During the peak shopping season – Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year – the scammers gear up for a killing! But actually, whether or not it’s the holiday season, scams of all kinds are not only multiplying, they are becoming ever more sophisticated. And the biggest prize for the hackers is getting… Read more

14 Straight-forward, non-technical steps anyone can take to strengthen their WordPress website

Focusing on CyberCrime

I know you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: cyber-crime is one of the fastest real growth industries around today – both in volume and sophistication. But here’s the most common response I get when I talk to new or small website owners about this: “Why would anyone want to hack my little website?”… Read more

How to protect your computer against ransomware

A Ransomware attack notice from the hackers

This article covers:What ransomware isHow to protect your computer against a ransomware attackHow to remove ransomware in the event of a successful attack What is ransomware Ransomware has been around since 2013 but moved into the mainstream with the WannaCry attack in 2017 on the NHS in the UK and companies in around 150 countries… Read more

Bypass Glitch in Wordfence 7.1.12 Enabled Username Discovery

Wordfence Plugin Header from WordPress Plugin Page

Alert from the the WPScan Team: a glitch in Wordfence version 7.1.12 enabled people to discover usernames if they did the username query using the ‘WWW’ version of the domain name. This was fixed in version 7.1.14 – make sure you have updated..! Stay safe, Martin MaldenOwner – WP Security Basics P.S.Is your WordPress website… Read more