Category Archives: How-to’s

Protecting WordPress Login Page from Attacks

Protecting WordPress against Login Attacks

WordPress as we know is one of the most popular content management systems around. That’s why WordPress is generally a target for attacks. Recently we came across a very robust DDoS targeted to the login page of WordPress sites hosted on our network and also on other well known web hosting providers. 

We take security and continuity of service very seriously and we’re very pro-active at everything we do. We’ve added a few new security rules in our already existing set of rules to protect against this type of new attack that we’ve seen. Since implementing this new rule, we’ve seen an increase in protection against these types of attacks.

While we’ve done what we can to ensure maximum security for your websites, there are a few more things that you can do to help yourself from these types of attacks:

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Move from MobileMe to GreenGeeks

If you’re using Apple’s MobileMe service, you may know that as part of their migration to iCloud some features such as iDisk files, Gallery photos, and iWeb hosted websites will be taken down by June 30, 2012.

Don’t worry though! You can still use iWeb and the change doesn’t mean you will lose your iWeb websites. You will have to relocate your website files onto a new web hosting server and everything will work just fine. This is where GreenGeeks comes to the rescue!

Transferring your iWeb website to GreenGeeks is effortless, but we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to do just that. Just follow along and you’ll be running your iWeb website on GreenGeeks in no time at all. Continue reading

“My WordPress Blog Got Hacked!” – Prevent it!

“My WordPress Blog Got Hacked” is something that we as a hosting company hear all the time, which is unfortunate. What’s even more unfortunate is we as the web hosting provider often get blamed for it by our very own customers. I can’t really blame our customers for this either, I guess they just don’t know it can happen — So hopefully, this blog post will help bring some awareness and help prevent their blogs from being hacked.

It’s not uncommon for a WordPress site to get exploited, you’ll often see an image of some pirate or a bunch of statements claiming that you’re a sucker for getting hacked. Doesn’t really look all too professional when your visitors see this. If you feel that you’re the only one out there, you’re not. If you think that WordPress is the wrong CMS to use, that’s not the case. With a proper setup, you could avoid being defaced.

WordPress has put together an entire My WordPress Site was hacked FAQ page, dedicated to help WordPress users prevent their sites from being hacked and for those who have been hacked, preventing it from happening again. Check it out, it will be helpful in preventing your WordPress installation from being exploited.

I do want to point out a part of the FAQ, where it says to check with the hosting provider.

As far as the hosting environment goes, we take security very serious here at GreenGeeks. We have a multitude of security measures in place to prevent a wide-spread type of exploitation of scripts. So you’re safe there. We regularly update our servers, scan them for vulnerabilities and do what we are required to keep our customers safe.  The general rule of thumb for protecting yourself from being exploited is: Always upgrade to the latest version, don’t use unknown plug-ins and keep regular backups.

Karl D.
GreenGeeks / Systems Administrator