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Beginning WordPress Security WordCamp North Canton 2015

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  • Beginners Security WordCamp North Canton

    Michele Butcher

    CantSpeakGeek.com WPSecurityLock.com


  • Michele ButcherWordPress Specialist, Site Cleaner, and Trainer for WP Security Lock

    WordPress Evangelist for InMotion Hosting

    Geek behind Cant Speak Geek

    Beginners and Intermediate WordPress Instructor

  • Why is security important?

  • Many do not think security is important until it is too late.

    Every single day hackers find new ways to get your information.

    Todays features are tomorrows vulnerabilities.

    Stop them before they stop you

  • Why do hackers hack?Make bank

    build a zombie army

    Share their nasty code with the world

    Get your information

    They are bored

    They want to see if they can do it

  • ButWhy are they hacking me?

    There is rarely ever a targeted hacking attack.

    Typically all sites are considered targets. The big and the small.

  • And how do they get in?They guess your login information

    Denial of Service Attack (DDoS)

    Through a file in a theme, plugin, or anything on your server where they found an exploit

    Through your FTP and/or cPanel configuration

  • Here is the only scary thing I will say

    in this talk

  • You are NEVER 100% secure

  • A test site or a site that might get 5 visitors a day can be hacked.

    It happened to me and it can happen to you.

  • Dont Let Security

    Make you like this guy!

  • There are some simple steps to keep

    the hackers out

  • WordPress Security Basics 101

  • Never ever never use admin as a username or password as

    password. NEVER!!!!Any questions?

    Adm1n and Pa55w0rd do not count either!

  • Always use SFTPS is for safe!!!

  • Only give users the access they need

    Just because they want to be an admin does not mean they should.

    Guest bloggers should rarely every be anything more than a contributor.

  • If it is a temporary login, delete the user when the job is done

    If they do have posts, you can convert them to different users or make them a subscriber with limited access.

  • Set up file detection

    Many security plugins like iThemes Security and WordFence will alert you when files have been changed

  • Only keep the theme you are using and one backup theme on

    your site.

    The more themes that are on a site, the more open chances you have to a vulnerability

  • Only keep the plugins you have active on your site.

    An uninstalled plugin is not a potential vulnerability.

    Use the plugins repo favorites option to keep a list of your favorite plugins

  • Security PluginsiThemes Security (Free and Pro version

    Securi Firewall

    WordFence Security

    Jetpack with Brute Protect and Vault Press

  • Always make backups!Backup Buddy, UpDraftPlus, BackWPUp

    Always save to someplace OTHER than your server

    Save them to Dropbox, AWS, email, or your local machine

    Have them scheduled to be made daily or at least weekly

  • Malware Scanning? Do I need it?

    If you suspect an issue scan your site!

    Google Webmaster Tools


    iThemes Security Pro

    Sucuri Scanner

  • What else can I do to protect my site?

  • Update! Update! Update!

    Update core. Update themes update plugins!

    The biggest reasons of updates is typically security or feature related.

    The biggest source of nearly all hacks is due to lack of updating.

  • If you use Envato products (ThemeForest and CodeCanyon)

    always check the box in the downloads to be notified of updates.That is the only way you will know if any of their products

    need to be updated.

    This is why the RevSlider infection was so widespread. Many did not even know the plugin was built into their theme.

  • Don't ever let your site get too lonely.

    That is when the zombies come.

    Nobody wants the zombies to come

  • If the unthinkable happens and you do get hacked, it is not the

    end of the world.It can and will be fixed.

  • Who can clean my hacked website?

    Well I can!

    And so can Securi and HackRepair

  • Great! Are there any other ways I can be secure?

  • Always use complex passwords

  • Never email passwords

  • Never use the same password twice

  • Use a Password KeeperLast Pass

    One Password


  • If a login has a Two-Factor Authentication,

    USE IT!

  • Anti-virus!

    Use it on all the things.

    Yes, even a Mac!

  • Be conscious when using public WiFi

  • Use a VPN if you use Public WiFi


    Site Social

    Hide My Ass

  • Update! Update! Update!

  • No one wants to lose their information stored on their computer.

    Back everything up and back it up often!

    Bitcasa Carobinte External Harddrives

  • Questions?

  • Thank you!!!

    Michele Butcher

    CantSpeakGeek.com WPSecurityLock.com