April 15, 2013 Cyber Attack

There is a new global brute-force attack on against ALL WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal sites (and possibly other) across the entire web hosting industry. All major, small, medium, and large hosting companies, and their clients, are being impacted. This is by far one of the LARGEST and most effective Cyber Attacks in recent days. The attack is distributed, and we have seen, so far, over 250,000 (and counting) IPs used to attack WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and other web applications. The attack is targeting mostly the administration area of all popular CMS applications. We HIGHLY recommend that you change all of your Administrative access for any hosted WordPress / Joomla / Drupal or other web applications you may have installed. We have a separate article that focuses on selecting a strong password which you can review here: http://stallioninternet.com/barn-talk/how-to-select-a-good-password Generally speaking, a secure password consist of: upper AND lowercase letters, at least eight...
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Important Tips on WordPress Security

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Although generally considered as a CMS only for managing blogs, WordPress, in fact, is a powerful platform that can be used to create your entire site without the need of any additional applications. Its ease of use, large community always ready to help, and an impressive variety of plugins has made WP a preferable choice for many webmasters. At the moment WP holds around 15-20% of the ‘market’. However, regardless of its ease of use – it is also one of the weakest platforms when it comes down to security. This article covers some of the most important changes you should consider in order to secure your WordPress site: Update your WP regularly - I know you have heard a lot about updating your WP site regularly, including all installed plugins. Updating your WP version and installed plugins its vital for the operation of your WP site. When a new version...
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How to select a good password

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A few weeks ago Splash Data published a list with the worst passwords where as expected you can find words such as ‘password’ , ‘123456’, ‘dragon’, ‘sunshine’, etc. As obvious as it might be not to set your password to  ‘password’, many people still do  - taking the chance of anyone guessing their passwords and gaining access to their accounts and services. The focus of this article is teaching the readers and Stallion Online Services’ clients on how to create a stronger password. Selecting a good password is critical and it depends on the product for which the password will be used. For Stallion Online products & services the following minimum criteria must be meet: • Linux Web Hosting with cPanel  control panel: the password requirement is a minimum length of 6 (six) characters.   Below are some good practices on how to pick a strong and more secure password for...
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What is Overselling?

oversellOverselling is a marketing gimmick which many hosting companies use, where you are promised far more resources than the hosting company has available, designed to entice clients to their servers. For example, unlimited amounts of disk space and bandwidth for very low prices are the hallmark of these providers. If you’ve been looking for a hosting plan recently, you’ve likely seen the various advertisements and offers promising "Only $6.95 per month! With Unlimited storage, Unlimited bandwidth, Host Unlimited Domains!"Or from another popular hosting company: "150GB space, unlimited websites and bandwidth". This is overselling in its finest.

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