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Sun, Oct 13, 2019
Source: Digging into WordPress Category: TUTORIALS

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack in which the attack comes from multiple hosts as opposed to one, making them very difficult to block. As with any DoS attack, the objective is to make a target unavailable by overloading it in some way.

Generally, a DDoS attack entails a number of computers, or bots. During the attack each computer maliciously sends requests to overload the [...]

Thu, Oct 10, 2019
Source: WP White Security Category: TUTORIALS
WordPress audit trial (activity log)

Hacking is the process of finding flaws in a system, and exploiting them to bypass security controls. ‘Ethical' hackers use this process to learn about a system and find its weaknesses. However, malicious or ‘black hat' hacking is also common. It is often used to break into websites.

There are a lot of reasons why hackers target WordPress sites. One of them is the platform's sheer popularity. By knowing what these reasons are, you'll gain a [...]

Thu, Oct 03, 2019
Source: WP White Security Category: TUTORIALS
statistics about HTTPS certificates and domains from Let's Encrypt

In our previous post WordPress HTTPS, SSL and TLS – a guide for website administrators, we explained what HTTPS and all the other technical terms are, and how it works. In this article, we discuss HTTPS certificates, the different ways you may acquire one for your WordPress website, and why you should or shouldn't pay for one. Let's dive right in.

What is an HTTPS certificate?

Before we can discuss the hows and whys of HTTPS [...]

Thu, Sep 26, 2019
Source: WP White Security Category: TUTORIALS

Fifteen years ago, creating a website was not as easy as it is now. With the increasing popularity of website builders, now you don't have to worry about learning coding skills to create a website.

The Wix vs. WordPress comparison debate is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. As WordPress powers more than 30% of the websites today, it is the most popular site builder. However, it certainly isn't the only option.

In order to [...]

Wed, Sep 25, 2019
Source: WP Clipboard Category: TUTORIALS

There are numerous ways to add custom content to your WordPress feeds. If you're not using a plugin, it's possible to just add a code snippet to your theme's functions.php file. For most cases, I think probably going the plugin route is the easiest way to [...]

Fri, Sep 20, 2019
Source: Digging into WordPress Category: TUTORIALS

This Summer I had the opportunity to record a new video course for LinkedIn/Lynda.com. The course walks through the process of installing and running WordPress on a shared hosting account. It's very straightforward and kept as simple as possible, recommended for anyone who wants to get a new WordPress site up and running as quickly and inexpensively as possible. You can find the course at both LinkedIn and [...]

Fri, Sep 13, 2019
Source: Digging into WordPress Category: TUTORIALS
HTTP websites marked as not secure

When you visit a website, your browser (also known as a client) sends a HTTP request to a web server. Once the web server sends an HTTP response, the browser can then render the page to your screen. However, HTTP traffic has a problem; it is a plaintext protocol. This makes it susceptible to snooping and meddling.

If an attacker is on the same network as you they can intercept and read your HTTP traffic. They [...]

Thu, Sep 12, 2019
Source: WP White Security Category: TUTORIALS
Ivica Delic, WordPress professional

So far we have only interviewed people who understand and work in application and WordPress security. We have always heard the vendors' voice. However, in this interview we took a different approach. We interviewed Ivica Delic, a WordPress professional about security. The scope of this interview is to better understand how WordPress professionals, to whom maybe security is not their cup of team, see and understand security products and services. This interview also helps us [...]

Thu, Sep 05, 2019
Source: WP White Security Category: TUTORIALS
The file integrity monitor plugin reports the date of the file change

Since this is only the third update of the Website File Changes Monitor plugin, we are still finding new ways how to improve the user experience (UX). Thankfully, we get a lot of valuable feedback from the plugin users on how we can make the plugin easier to use and better.

Let's jump right in and see what is new and improved in update 1.3 of our WordPress file integrity monitor plugin.

UX improvements in update [...]
Wed, Sep 04, 2019
Source: WP White Security Category: TUTORIALS