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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
- With everything being free. How do you make money to be able to afford keeping the site up and running?
- 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.
- Do you have stats?
- If I decide I want to leave to go to a paid service do you allow for me to redirect the feed?
- 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.