One of the first pillars of website security… no the first pillar of website security: make frequent backups.  Make backups early and often.  Make backups because annoying things can happen to your server.  Make backups because bad things can happen to your accounts.  Make backups because catastrophic things can happen to your entire 14 years of literary and…

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Someone got more than 47,000 spam user signups!

Did you know that if forget to click one checkbox during setup and anybody can create a visitor’s account on a WordPress website.  Anyone or ,unfortunately, any spambot.  Or, even more unfortunately, all of them! Most people, even beginners, figure out they should click that checkbox.  And theoretically it’s no big deal.  By default new accounts are…

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Image of smoking network cable

The phone call from a former client that made us take long-term maintenance seriously: “Do you have a backup of my website?  I accidentally deleted my site from my server!”  It’s not that easy to delete your whole site, but from time to time people do.  Not as catastrophically as the owner of a web…

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Nihilistic Password Security Questions image from the awesome "This isn't Happiness" blog

Short answer?  “Personal security questions” aren’t secure.  Irony, right?  Don’t use personal information to answer those”Personal Security” questions.   Mother’s “maiden” name? Hospital where you were born? First school you attended? Best friend in high school? Hmm. Let’s say someone was, oh, say, an identity thief. And let’s say they happened to have access to any of the 5,000+ lists…

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Find the "Lost your password?" link.

If you don’t log in often it’s easy to forget the password on your WordPress website.  Here’s how to recover your password. Find the login page for your site.  (It’s almost always something like” http://yourwebsiteurl.com/wp-login.php.”) Click “Lost Your Password?” Type your username (if you remember it) or your email address in the… well… “Username or password”…

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I love getting good automatic messages

I’ve been getting dozens and dozens of automated emails this morning from sites all around the internet and… it’s making me really happy! The message?  Simple.  From the dozens of sites I’ve built and maintain their software’s up to date enough to do their own security updates automatically.  And let me know that… Your site…

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