Security Tips for Working Online in Plain, Simple English

A pen and paper

The articles below provide basic security tips and techniques for people who are non-technical and want to protect themselves from hackers and identity thieves. There is an emphasis on WordPress security, but other areas are covered too.

As you become more familiar with WordPress you should look to upgrade the security protection for your site, and when that time comes do please get in touch!

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. . .

Cartoon strip on wireless eavesdropping

Are you aware of just how much of your personal information is available to governments, hackers and corporations? I was talking to a friend the other day who said: ‘If my email is hacked it’s a pain, sure, but I don’t get any important emails, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world’. (He’s…   Read more. . .

Operator monitoring services

What would be the worst way to find out your website has been hacked? For me it would be to hear it from a customer. And worse still would be if they were furious because visiting my hacked website had caused their computer to be loaded up with malware. This is not a good way…   Read more. . .

Adding Two-Factor-Authentication (2FA), also sometimes called Multi-Factor-Authentication (MFA), to your WordPress login page exponentially increases your website’s resistance to brute force attacks. Why use two factor authentication? Two factor authentication adds a second security element that needs to validate before access to your website is allowed. That makes three factors in all:Your usernameYour passwordThe time-sensitive…   Read more. . .

Graphic of a hacked website

This is the third in my series ‘How do Websites Get Hacked’. The first one dealt with theft and misuse of usernames and passwords and the second one dealt with software vulnerabilities. In this one we will look at Third Party Integrations. What are third party integrations? In WordPress terms: plugins and themes. Plugins One…   Read more. . .