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15 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Keep Your Site Secure

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 Being the most popular blogging platform worldwide, it’s only natural that WordPress would have a user base in the millions. However, in today’s world, popularity is a double-edged sword – the more popular a particular website is, the higher the chances of spammers and hackers attacking it. Unlike other online platforms for blog, it could be a problem for WordPress and though it’s got strong security features, nothing’s set in stone. Thus, your priority should be to ascertain the safety of your blog and deter hackers from stealing and altering your private information. You wouldn’t want all your effort to go to waste, would you?

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Take a look at the top 15 WordPress plugins that are used by bloggers around the world to beef up the security of their site.

 

  1. WP Security Audit Log

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Clean and simple, this plugin maintains a log of everything that happens on your WordPress blog or website. You can easily track any suspicious activity and determine the threat level. You receive security alerts in real-time whenever:

  • A new user profile is created
  • WordPress gets an upgrade
  • Users install and activate a WP theme
  • Change their email address or passwords
  • An existing page, post, or category is modified
  • Failed login attempts
  • And much more…

 

  1. Security Ninja

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A combination of WP security best practices rolled into a single plugin, Security Ninja performs over 31 security tests, like brute-force attacks. Your site is checked thoroughly for holes and security vulnerabilities, and preventative measures help stop attacks.

 

  1. BulletProof Security Pro

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A single click is all you need to safeguard your Root website folder and your ‘wp-admin’ folder when you have this plugin installed. No longer do you have to worry about hacking trials like XSS, CSRF, SQL Injection, Base64, RFI and Code Injection. A one-time fee is required to activate the spam and hacker protection features.

 

  1. iThemes Security

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Are you looking for a strong security plugin that is simple enough for novices to operate? Well, you’re in luck. iThemes Security fixes multiple issues that makes WordPress blogs vulnerable, and also boosts the security. The plugin dashboard contains a checklist of action items, arranged in descending order of importance, that you can turn on or off as per your convenience.

 

  1. 6Scan Security

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Hackers beware! 6Scan provides your site with rule-based protection and regularly updates the security features. The built-in security scanner checks and protects your website against a variety of threats, but the most significant feature of this plugin has got to be the automatic vulnerability fix. Any vulnerable code is automatically fixed using an auto-fix server-side agent solution. Moreover, malware-related issues are easily taken care of by 6Scan.

 

  1. All in One WPSecurity

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So what features constitute the perfect WP security plugin?

  • Blacklist feature
  • System file security
  • User login security
  • Regular plugin updates
  • Database security
  • User account security
  • Firewall setup
  • Simple user interface

You’ll be happy to know that All in One WPSecurity and Firewall contains all of these features and more, making it one of the most effective WordPress security plugins available online.

 

  1. Sucuri Security

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Being one of the best web security experts, Sucuri’s plugin was bound to be great. What users didn’t expect was a comprehensive tool that tracked every activity on their site. No breach in security goes unnoticed, and it’s easy for users to review activity logs and notice anything out of the ordinary.

 

  1. BruteProtect

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Brute force attacks are the most common methods employed by hackers to gain access to your site. However, you need not worry when you have the BruteProtect plugin. Whenever a particular IP address tries to log in to your site and fails more times than usual, it automatically gets blocked.

 

  1. AntiVirus for WordPress

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This plugin prevents your WordPress blog against malware, viruses and worms. You receive warnings about possible attacks. However, the highlight of this plugin has got to be the multilingual support, which not many plugins deem as necessary.

 

  1. Acunetix WP Security

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Searching for a free but powerful security tool that secures your WP installation? Acunetix is the solution. It suggests corrective measures that boost the security of your database, secure file permissions, hide versions, and offer admin protection for your blog. Your site is checked for security vulnerabilities, and if any are found, corrective actions are suggested at once.

 

  1. WP-DBManager

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This is a great plugin that enables you to optimize the database of your site, repair it properly, backup the database, restore it whenever necessary, delete the backup, easily empty/drop tables, and run specific queries. This plugin even supports the automatic scheduling of optimization, repair, and backup tasks for the database.

 

  1. VaultPress

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From the makers of WordPress comes VaultPress, a premium subscription service. This plugin makes it easy to back up your website daily or in real-time. All the content on your website is synced, and if any threats are detected during scans of your files, they’re immediately dealt with.

 

  1. Clef Two-Factor Authentication

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For people who don’t want the hassle of dealing with passwords or simply want a better, more secure logging in process, this plugin is the perfect solution. You open the Clef app on your phone and then hold it up in front of the WordPress login screen. Your next task is to line up the patterns on both the devices. You’ll be able to log in to your WP site only when they’ve detected one another.

 

  1. Wordfence Security

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This free security and performance plugin for WordPress speeds up your site almost 50 times, making it more secure in the process. Any infections already on your site are checked for thoroughly. Though this plugin is free, you can access the Premium version which comes with advanced features like country blocking, two-factor SMS authentication services, and the ability to schedule scans as per your wish.

 

  1. Google Authenticator

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Two-factor authentication is the way to go when you log onto your website, and this plugin provides just that. No longer do you have to worry about hackers gaining access to your website and uncovering your passwords. You’ll have to download the Google Authenticator app on your smartphone for this to work.

Malicious attacks on websites and blogs are becoming more common with every passing day, and it is imperative that website owners take proper precautions to defend their blogs. For users who don’t know how to code, plugins are the next best option and there are plenty of great WP plugins that offer complete security. The majority of them are safe, simple, and free, and in the end, it all depends on which one you find the best.

About the Author

I’m a professional writer, web developer and CEO of WebBuildersGuide.com. I’ve been working as web interface developer for 4 years and I have a huge experience in website development. Also I’m fond of photography and marketing and of course, writing articles. My work has been published on several popular online magazines. You can follow Lesley on Google+ .

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The Pirate Bay is Hijacking PCs to Stealth-Mine Cryptocurrency

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For the second time in as many months, The Pirate Bay has been caught mining cryptocurrency on your computer without consent. The torrent platform was actually test-driving cryptocurrency mining in your browser – no doubt a lucrative revenue stream.

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The Pirates Are At It Again

The Pirate Bay has been caught using software called Coinhive, a JavaScript library that essentially serves as a cryptocurrency miner. It basically connects to visitors’ computers to mine Monero, one of the world’s most profitable cryptocurrencies.

The news was later confirmed by Bleeping Computer, which reported that,”The Pirate Bay, the internet’s largest torrent portal, is back at running a cryptocurrency miner after it previously ran a short test in mid-September.”

Estimates indicate that the scheme has earned the pirates a total of $43,000 over a three-week period.

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Users had no way to opt their computers out of being test-driven by the torrent network. Back in September, The Pirate Bay got away by telling people it was just a test. The site’s owners cannot use the same excuse this time around.

CoinHive advises websites to let their visitors  know their browser is being used to mine cryptocurrency.

“We’re a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate CoinHive into their pages without disclosing to their users what’s going on, let alone asking for their permission,” the company said.

The good news is most ad-blockers and antivirus programs will block CoinHive, given its recent abuses. That means not all visitors of The Pirate Pay were being used as a conduit for mining Monero.

Monero Joins Global Crypto Rally

The value of Monero (XMR) shot up nearly 8% on Friday, and was last seen trading at $94.17. With more than 15.2 million XMR tokens in circulation, the total market cap for Monero is $1.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That’s enough for ninth on the global cryptocurrency list.

Twelve cryptos have now crossed the $1 billion valuation mark. A handful of others have made their way north of $500 million.

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Ethereum Notches Two-Month High as Bitcoin Offspring Triggers Volatility

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Digital currency Ethereum climbed to a two-month high on Monday, taking some of the heat off Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which have slumped since the weekend.

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Ethereum Forges Higher Path

Concerns over Bitcoin created a favourable tailwind for Ethereum (ETH/USD), which is the world’s No. 2 digital currency by total assets. Ether’s price topped $340.00 on Monday and later settled at $323.54. That was the highest since June 20.

At its peak, ether was up 10% on the day and 70% for the month of August.

The ETH/USD was last down 2.2% at $315.02, according to Bitfinex. Prices are due for a brisk recovery, based on the daily momentum indicators.

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Fractured Bitcoin Community

Bitcoin and its offshoot, Bitcoin Cash, retreated on Monday following a volatile weekend. The BTC/USD slumped at the start of the week and was down more than 3% on Tuesday, with prices falling below $3,900.00. Just last week, Bitcoin was trading at new records near $4,500.00.

Bitcoin Cash, which emerged after the Aug. 1 hard fork, climbed to new records on Saturday, but has been in free-fall ever since. The BTH was down another 20% on Tuesday to $594.49, according to CoinMarketCap. Its total market value has dropped by several billion over the past two days.

Analysts say that a “fractured” Bitcoin community has made Ethereum a more attractive bet this week. The ether token has shown remarkable poise over the past seven days, despite trading well shy of a new record.

Other drivers behind Ethereum’s advance are steady demand from South Korean investors and growing confidence in a smooth upgrade for the the ETH network. The upgrade, which has been dubbed “Metropolis,” is expected in the next several weeks. Its key benefits include tighter transaction privacy and greater efficiency.

Ethereum Prices Unaffected by ICO Heist

Fin-tech developer Enigma was on the receiving end of a cyber-heist on Monday after hackers took over the company’s website, mailing list and instant messaging platforms. The hack occurred three weeks before Enigma’s planned Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for September 11.

In addition to defacing the company’s website, the hackers pushed a special “pre-sale” ahead of the ICO. While many users realized it was a scam, 1,492 ether tokens – valued at $495,000 – were directed into the hackers’ cryptocurrency wallet by unsuspecting backers.

The irony in all this is that Engima is a cryptography company that prides itself on top-notch security protocols. The company issued a statement that its servers had not been compromised.

ETH/USD (Bitfinex)

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Spotting a Well-Made Investment Scam

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For every reasonably safe investment, there are 1000 scams and 10,000 reasonably toxic investments. Self-served advertising via social media and search engines exacerbates the problem – people sometimes click ads they think were search results, or, as humans are intended to, simply consumes the content on the screen instead of paying attention to where they’re being redirected to.

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In this article we will review a recent example of a well-executed investment scam.

The intended victim, who did not actually get scammed but alerted this author to the hustle, was led to believe that the above image was redirecting to a CNN news article. This is the actual URL the link went to:

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http://cnn.com-cat.press/anonymous-is-going-after-global-stock-market/?aref=http%3A%2F%2Ftrck.anony.trade%2Fsite%2Fredirectpage%3Fsid%3D99462%26hv%3Dgjalu5988de395a461839785307%26hid%3D264193#!

Now if you visit com-cat.press, all you see is a directory listing. This site’s entire purpose is to make people believe they are visiting legitimate .com websites, when in fact they are visiting others. It doesn’t always have to be a scam, sometimes it is simple an advertisement, but often enough it is a definite funnel to a scam. In this case, here’s where you wind up, at a place that looks an awful lot like CNN Money:

Again, this is not a real article on CNN. This is promotion for 10Markets.eu.

10Markets.eu is extremely professional looking. The platform looks to capture your details even just for demo trading. Most traders expect hurdles, so one can imagine tons of phone numbers and e-mail addresses entered:

The demo trading screen never loaded for this analyst, but the phone number is fake anyway. Took it from a coffee shop in Germany. Funnily, it appears the German exchange code is 030 in the first place, but you can’t edit that part. They also don’t allow you to visit the site at all if you’re in North America.

The tipster was clever enough to find out if 10Markets.eu was a registered broker or not. They’re not. According to ForexBrokerz.com:

10Markets is a forex and CFD broker that is headquartered in Scotland [sic] and supports the popular MetaTrader 4 platform. It is not licensed by any authority and there is not much information about the trading conditions on its website. What is worse, this broker is present in the warning lists of UK’s FCA, Australia’s ASIC and Cyprus’ CySEC, so we don’t recommend doing business with 10Markets.

There are review websites which help. Regarding 10Markets, we came up with this one.

The tipster happens to have been our own Jonas Borchgrevink. He is equipped with years of experience in website publishing, and this is why he quickly noticed that he was not reading a CNN article. The sad fact is that a high percentage of people who read that article believe it to be real, and a percentage of those people end up getting scammed. As such, here is a checklist for new trading outfits that you haven’t used or heard about before:

  • Always try to get phone support right away. Before creating an account. If no one answers or there is anything suspicious, this is a scam.
  • Always search for “[EXCHANGE NAME]” + “scam,” and read carefully any results that come up. Most scams could stop at one person if others listened to that one.
  • In the US, you can use FINRA to check the legitimacy of an exchange or broker. In the UK, you have FCA. Many countries have sites like these, and it’s important to check the one from the country where the broker does business.
  • Use ad blockers at least when legitimately searching for financial solutions.
  • Check the URL! For every legitimate exchange website, there are a few fake ones designed to steal your account information.

In The Event That You Spot A Scam

Tattle! Spread the word far and wide, not just so others don’t get scammed, but also to give authorities the jump on the thieves. Otherwise, they may exit and get away with all the money before anyone stops them.

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