December 2, 2015

Beware of massive brute force attacks on your WordPress blog

If you are running a WordPress blog, be aware about your blog’s security. Make sure you update to the latest release of WordPress and also to keep themes and plugins up-to-date. Make sure you have a backup of your blog’s contents and to add some security features to prevent brute force attacks.

To show you the scale of the threat: this morning I was alerted to over 20,000 attempts to break into this website, all happening within about ten minutes last night. Overall, in the past two months, there were over 50,000 break-in attempts that were successfully averted.

I won’t detail what I do to keep my site protected (this secrecy is one part of the safety measures), but if we know each other personally and if you send me an email from a recognized email address, stating from where we know each other, then I’ll be happy to give you some tips.