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Use these simple tips to hep protect your wrodpress site from hackers

You home is your castle or that is how the saying goes. Your podcast has a home also it is called your website. your website is very important and as all things digital can be over run by people with too much time on their hand and misdirected motivation. These people are commonly referred to as Hackers. They may not attack your site directly but they are always looking for new sites that they can access for black hat means be it their own affiliate programs or so they can install malicious software onto your visitors computers.

The tactics these people use are sometimes amazing in execution, and results they are able to achieve border on Genius. Yet still their tactics are harmful and destructive by way of stealing viewers and/or money from your pocket. There is no way to 100% protect yourself from being the target of a hack but there are steps that can be done to keep yourself from being the easy low hanging fruit which is what hackers go after more often.

So how do you protect yourself

Update! Update! Update!

Update your WordPress

WordPress just updated to version 4.2 Powell and this update fixes a lot of “under the hood” bug fixes. This often means security fixes along with fixes to annoying problems. Updating your whole site is as easy as clicking the “Update Now” button. Though some people don’t like updating their sites because it could “Break” a plug-in or a whole site if the plugin is a part of a theme.

Update your Themes

With your site many plugin’s will either start updating their plugins before the release of a WordPress update. while others will update after the release if they are not privy to the pre-release. When you see these updates available update that theme. Many times the theme update will have the updated plugin and also repair security holes

 

Update your Plugins

WordPress plugins are nothing more that side programs that run in your WordPress environment. Much like how your browser runs on your Windows or iOS machine. Windows is the Operating system and your browser is a plugin. Your word processing software is a plugin. and you will get notices that these programs need to be updated from time to time.

Much like your programs you want and need to update your plugins. And update it as often as you can.Wordpress makes it easy to update and with the 4.2 update you are able to just go to your Plugins page and click on the plugin that needs the update and you will not even have to leave that page.

Remove all unused plugins

Many times you will find a different plugin that you want to try out and you find that it is better than the old plugin and so you start to have a Plugin graveyard of unused plugins. These plugins though are not being used still can provide a security hole for hackers to get in.

Back it up!

Back up your whole website and the Database. There are times that a hacker that is able to find his way into website. Will make a small change to a file in your WordPress site. This is his backdoor so when you fix the problem he is still able to get in. This spare piece of code can be anywhere. in your WordPress site. So, If you have a backup you can restore all of your files in one easy movement.

You also want to backup your database hackers love to remove that data when they hijack your site. So to keep you from losing all of your hard work, keep your database backed up once a week or No later than once a month.

Check for malware

There are several plugins that will help you check to see if you have malware

Securi Security – The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security tool set for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening

Security Fence – does an inital scan that helps find any malware by referencing the core WordPress code.

Scaning sites

Sucuri – https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/

ThreatSign – http://quttera.com/

Google Webmaster Tools is great for finding out if you are connected to a site that is causing your site to be red sites. or You are getting a “This site May Harm Your Computer” To find out just look in the “Security Issues” menu and if you have any malware that has been detected by Google it will be listed here for you to know what needs to be corrected.

Other tips you might want to use when securing your website.

Strong password

Remove the Hello World blog entry and the default comment.

Remove the Admin username hackers look at this and see someone who is making it easy and has probably chosen an easy password. to make your site even tougher use Two factor authentication.

How to tell if your site has been hacked

The visible effects

Red sited

Your page goes to a different site.

Your site is just different

Google Webmaster tools has a security section that will let you know what is causing your site to red sited or have the warning  on the search result

invisible effects

your traffic stops

you start getting emails

Helpful plugins to use.

Wordfence – Great security plugin that also helps speed your site up.

BruteProtect – was actually acquired by Automatic and is not apart of Jetpack

Ways to protect your site

have a strong password the longer and more complex the better Use symbols numbers and letters. I heard there is one guy who uses his cars VIN number. A good suggestion could be an email address but not the email address you use for your site you might make up a Gmail or Yahoo address.

If there is more than one person with access to the backside of the WordPress site don’t make them admin unless you really trust them. If it is someone who is helping fix something in WordPress and then need admin access create their own login name and password and as soon as they are done remove their access. Some for if someone is leaves the group. Remove their access to the backside of the site asap.

Don’t install pirated premium plugins. almost every single one is going to have some malware code slipped into the plugin.

News


Podcasts.com you may of hear about this new “Free” site that is run by Emerge.com which apparently like to buy Descriptive name websites. like

Translate.com

Directions.com

Bands.com

and So I looked and I don’t know where they are getting this feed but they are pulling an old version of my cover art. But I decided to find out some simple questions

  1.  With everything being free. How do you make money to be able to afford keeping the site up and running?
  2. I am not seeing anyway to get the direct download link to my MP3 files. How do I get to my files so that I can link them to my site? If there is no direct link for download then technically the show is not a podcast.
  3. Do you have stats?
  4. If I decide I want to leave to go to a paid service do you allow for me to redirect the feed?
  5. You seem to of grabbed an old version of my cover art and so how do I get the new updated version of the cover art up in its place?

Now the one item that I am finding a little odd is I remember signing up but I don’t remember adding this podcast to their line up. Because I was looking at maybe experimenting with this service. Then again if this service is just adding sites on its own I am not going to be too happy that is happening and reminds me of a service last year or so that thought podcasters should be kissing their backsides for putting them into their directory.

Then this post came out

My Podcast is at Podcasts.com – Without My Permission not good at all that they are doing this. I found my other podcast Finding Bryan listed here too and I know I didn’t add it. At the moment I am not going to spaz to much about it. WHY NOT! because I don’t know how they are making money once I see them leveraging my show to make money for them then, I will have some cross words.

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Podcast in a nutshell
Podcasting your hearing everyone talk about this new thing. So and so has a podcast so and Frank in Accounting is talking about this episode he heard into work this morning. Podcasting is growing. How do people listen to podcasting. What is a podcast?

A podcast is a on demand internet radio show. You download it. You listen to the show. You can pause, rewind, or fast forward all that you like. Best of all it is automatic! It arrives to your computer or mobile device without you having to even really think of it. You will need a few basic items, these are internet connection, a computer, mp3 player, or smart phone, and a podcatcher. If you have these, the retrieving and listening to podcasts will be easy as pie.

So how do you start? First, you need you have a podcatcher installed on your computer or listening device. This will depend on what you are going to listen on. Is it you computer then you will need to download a program or two. For Phones, they are dependent on what phone you are using. This could be an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Windows Phone; all of these will play podcasts. To find an app for each phone you can look at my podcatcher app review page. Once you have found one that you like go ahead, download and install the app.

Once you have the app installed you may want to take a little time to familiarize yourself with the app since each app, though all do the same thing, is different. Once you have the basic layout of the app you are wanting to use. It is time to find a podcast to listen to.

To do this go to the apps search function. Now what to look for? Easy! What do you like? You like sports? If so what type of sports? Lets say football but yo like college or professional? Lets pretend yo like college and your old Alma mater is University of North Texas. You will find the GoMeanGreen Barbershop Podcast You will more than likely see a Subscribe button. Press the button and you will receive each new podcast episode as they are released. Now this is not the only podcast out there. One of the most popular podcasts around is the Knitting Podcast. Yes knitting, I wouldn’t think there is that much to talk about when it comes to knitting but like I said this is one of the most popular podcasts around. So what is your topic of interest? Type it in and see what comes up. You will be delightfully surprised.

Now I do want to issue a word of caution. In the United States the Mobile Phone Carriers are little slow on the upswing and they have what are called tiered data plans. That means what you are allotted a certain amount of data before they start to charge you more. Other wise if you have a 2 Gigabyte(GB) plan you are able to consume 2Gb of data that is Facebook, email, or in this case Podcast files. So to protect your data allotment I recommend setting the auto download to be only when you are on WiFi connection. I don’t want people to be upset because they are getting charge an extra $200 because they blew threw their 1 gig data plan.

You now have your first podcast. How do yo listen to it? Well you will normally see a list of the different podcasts you see if you click on the picture of the show, This is called album art, you will see a list of episodes. Now you may only have the most recent shows, if you want you can go back, many times to the very first episode and listen to them all. Again make sure you are on a wifi connection if you do this, and you have room on your phone, that can be lots of data. Press on the episode you want to listen to and the show will start.

For a listening on a computer, the easiest is to download and install iTunes. From here you can go into iTunes store and look for podcasts. In this section you can search again for what ever you fancy. These can be knitting, podcasts about podcasting, or go outrageous and look for midget wrestling there are podcasts for just about every genre and niche you can think of. If You find a niche that is not being serviced, talk to me and I can help you get a podcast set up. Who knows, you might be a budding expert.

When you find a podcast you want to listen to you can either listen though iTunes or download it to you computer to listen to there. The choice is yours and it is limitless.

Podcasts again you will be seeing and reading more and more about the new media that died in 2008-2009. More people are listening everyday. More companies are incorporating it into areas everyday pretty soon you will be telling your kids about when there was radio and they will look at you with amazement that is reserved for those way back times.

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podcatchers and podcasting managers for your listening pleasureThe following is a list of podcasts manager or podcatchers these are programs designed to find and subscribe to podcasts. They also automatically download each new podcast episode as they become available.

Podcatchers for Computer


  • iTunes – This is still the top method for listening to podcasts on a computer. It is a good way to manager your podcasts and to listen to them
  • Miro: An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (cross-platform for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
  • Juice: A cross-platform podcatcher for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
  • Firenze: open-source, cross-platform, command line podcast client (written in java) highly configurable with support for conversion, conditional download and mp3 tags. (Review)
  • Fluctu8: An online audio and video podcast aggregator featuring hundreds of thousands of podcasts. Includes integrated web player and easy integration with external podcasting and RSS software such as iTunes.
  • Podfy: A cloud based podcast player that works in all platforms and devices. (Seems to of gone dark)
  • HermesPod: The Tiny but Mighty desktop Podcatcher (Review)
  • ShortOrange – Brand new use to be a directory but they are changing directions This group is not growing in their directory. They have updated the site and added a fresh new layout. Mobile friendly with a responsive design so you will be able to keep you podcast enjoyment going no mater if you are in front of the computer or riding in city traffic. Also if you are a user of their service and let them know your show will be featured. Now there is some help and discoverability for the podcaster. (Review)
  • Uhura – Is a web-based Podcatcher  where you sign in and you can stream your shows to your desktop or your mobile device. (Review)
  • Ziepod – manage audio-based content published thru podcasts with this easy to use toolkit.

Podcatchers for iPhone


  • Podcasts – Possibly the best app for iOS based devices. if you have iOS 6 it is already on your phone or iPod It allows for syncing the show you are listening to across multiple devices. So if you are listening on your desktop and you get in the can you will be able to pick up where you left off on your iPhone and when you get back home you can finish it on your iPad. Created by Apple. It links to the largest podcast directory on the net. The iTunes podcast directory
  • Pocket Casts – ShiftyJelly – $1.99 – This is best across platform podcatcher I have used. It is not free though it is worth the couple of dollars it costs the layout is beautiful
  • iTunes – if you have an older iOS device you may not have iOS6 so you can use the iTunes store and look for podcasts
  • Downcast$1.99 This is likely the most popular app for iOS based devices. Feature rich with  the ability to sync and
  • Flapcast
  • Instacast
  • Megaboga Casts –
  • Podcaster –
  • Podcatcher –
  • PodCruncher –
  • RSSRadio –
  • Podcatchr –
  • Overcast
  • ShortOrange
  • iCatcher! Podcast$2.99

Podcatchers for Android


  • PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player – Podfy is a cloud player that synchronizes your playlists and played items across all devices (phones, tables or PCs) (PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player on Google Play ($2.95)).
  • Cast++ – A powerful and easy-to-use podcast player for Android. Instantly update the feeds of your podcast subscriptions by their cloud. (Review)
  • AntennaPod – A free, open-source podcast manager for Android, licensed under the MIT License. (Review)
  • BeyondPod – A podcast Manager and RSS Feed Reader for Android Phones. Syncs with Google Reader and uses a built in media player. This is the free lite version. (Review)
  • DoggCatcher ($2.99) (Free) – Android podcatcher – supports audio/video/news, auto-download, streaming, integrated audio player, playlists. (Review)
  • Pocket Casts ($3.99)- Versatile podcatcher for Android with support of audio and video episodes with downloading or streaming, and auto-download in the background. (Review)
  • Podkicker – A podcast player/downloader/manager for Android. Supports audio. (Review)
  • MyPOD – A podcast manager & player, supports audio/video, auto-download (wifi and power controllable), podcast management on the desktop via a browser interface.
  • SwallowCatcher – A free, open-source podcast manager released under GNU Affero General Public License.
  • Podcast Addict – A free podcast manager for Android that supports auto-download, streaming, playlist, resume.
  • Podstars – A free podcatcher for Android. Basic playback features. OPML support
  • Onecast – Free podcast manager and player
  • iNetRadio – Free music and podcast player
  • Podcatcher Deluxe – A full-featured audio and video podcast client designed to manage your podcast content whilst on the go
  • Podcast Addict – With Podcast Addict, your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube channels and RSS News feeds from your Android device. (Review)
  • Podcast Republic
  • DoublePod
  • Podcast HD
  • Smart Podcast
  • OneCast
  • Podfy –
  • PodStore
  • ACast – Podcast player and news reader – Abandoned app hasn’t been updated since 2011. (Review)
  • acast – Acast is a game-changer for audio on demand. It enhances podcasts with “bling” – fresh, exciting content that upgrades the listening experience and makes good stories great. (Review)

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