This post is part of a series about the Internet marketing strategy I call Inbound Marketing. It is also part of a sub-series about securing your WordPress website. To access the lead post please click either of the link in the prior sentence.
Computer systems are (unfortunately) fairly insecure. This is a general statement. The best defense is for your Inbound Marketing site is for it to be more secure than other sites on the Internet, thereby making it a less desirable target.
By definition, the content on an Inbound Marketing site is meant to be found (that is the basis of Inbound Marketing) so security refers to preventing unauthorized access which might potentially result in the site being altered or taken down.
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Security is a matter of practices, not tools per se, but good tools make it easy to implement good practices. In the word of physical security, locks make it easy to secure an area, but you could if you desired not have a lock and post guards around the clock. The lock, the surveillance camera, the bugler alarm, etc are just tools.
WordFence Security Plugin
This plugin has the following features:
- Allows the establishment of firewall rules to block certain types of network traffic.
- Allows various login security features to be set.
- Allows logging of system accesses (this also allows you to see when your system is being crawled by the search engine bots).
- Can generate email alerts of critical problems, warnings, when login attempts are locked out, when a “lost password” is attempted for a non existent user name, every time someone with administrator access logs in
- Will perform regular file integrity checks and tell you when system files have changed (maybe you didn’t change them)
- Will scan posts for known malicious URLs and suspicious content
- Will tell you when plugins, themes, and WordPress itself has updates available
- Allows you to specify when to lock out an IP address (I like 10 failed login attempts in five minutes)
- And how long to lock them out for (I like 60 minutes).
- Can check password strength and requires the use of strong passwords
All of the above is configurable. You can do all of it (and more), none of it, or some combination thereof.
This plugin is so easy to use that you as someone who runs a WordPress site can not afford not to run it.
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