Warning! Do You Have WordPress Info Product Websites?
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Warning! Do you have WordPress info product websites? Surely you have heard the dire warnings in the news lately, at least in the online news sources. I’ll let Matt Mullenweg, a true authority on the subject of WordPress, describe the brute force attack on WordPress sites that’s going on right now. This is from his own blog:
“Almost 3 years ago we released a version of WordPress (3.0) that allowed you to pick a custom username on installation, which largely ended people using “admin” as their default username. Right now there’s a botnet going around all of the WordPresses it can find trying to login with the “admin” username and a bunch of common passwords, and it has turned into a news story (especially from companies that sell “solutions” to the problem).
Here’s what I would recommend: If you still use “admin” as a username on your blog, change it, use a strong password, if you’re on WP.com turn on two-factor authentication, and of course make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest version of WordPress. “
Mullenweg’s advice is critical for protecting your sites. Fortunately, it’s simple and inexpensive. You don’t need to hire outside advisors to fix the problem or clean up your WordPress information marketing sites. The online news stories, according to Mullenweg, are often promulgated by companies selling services to owners of sites that might be or have been hacked by the brute force attack.
I think it’s important to understand the nature of this attack so that you know how to pre-empt potential problems before they occur. That’s my purpose in bringing this information to your attention today. I understand that one in every six websites on the web are WordPress sites, so the attack is certainly a concern to millions of site owners.