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How Soon Would you Know if Your Website Was Hacked?

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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

Why Should You Use Two-Factor-Authentication?

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. Using it on all your accounts can help to protect you against identity theft. Why use two factor authentication? Two factor authentication adds a second security element that needs to validate before access… Read more

How Websites Get Hacked – Third Party Software Integration

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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

Are HTTPS Websites Secure?

I saw an interesting discussion in a forum recently, during which it was asserted that once you move your website to HTTPS it becomes secure. But… Just because a website is running on HTTPS that does not mean it is secure. The only thing that an HTTPS website does is to protect the data that… Read more

Vulnerability in the Breadcrumbs NavXT Plugin – Make Sure You Have Updated

There is a vulnerability in version 6.1.0 of the Breadcrumbs NavXT plugin – an excellent plugin (which I use on this site) for placing breadcrumbs on your WordPress installation. Version 6.1.0 had a weakness that allowed your username to be revealed via the REST API. The current version is 6.2.0. Make sure you have updated… Read more