Brute-Force Login Attempts

MalwareIconIn my last post, I talked mainly about backups of your own local PC. In this post, I am going to talk in more general terms about how protect the work you have done on your WordPress site.

If you have invested a lot of time, effort, and money into your WP site, the last thing you want to happen is for some script kiddie to come along and hack your site, either to use it for storage of illegal files, or just to add to his botnet. In this talk, I go through the major considerations for protecting your site from what is currently the most prevalent type of script kiddie attack against WordPress sites, the Brute-Force login.

I initially prepared the presentation in the video below for a meeting of my PC users group, and I recorded it as I presented it via Skype. However, there were some technical issues which ended up causing way too many “Can you hear me now?” moments, so I decided to just re-do the whole presentation with just the slides and a few snippets of dashboard demos.

I wasn’t really happy with the resulting video, which I captured with SnagIt. The output of SnagIt looked ok, but was not recognized by either Sony Vegas HD or Windows Live Movie Maker. I used FFMpeg to translate it into an AVI file, which I could load in Sony Vegas, but which had some strange glitches in the video. Fortunately, the audio came out ok, so I just left it as is. I will be looking for something better to use for this sort of thing than SnagIt. There are a lot of video tools out there, so it may take me a while to figure out what works best for my purposes.


The corrected slides (ODP format) may be downloaded from here.

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