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[liberationtech] recommendation for WP host

Kyle Maxwell krmaxwell at gmail.com
Fri Mar 1 21:40:14 PST 2013


Blog security is a complex and important topic. A few notes:

1) Locking down your blog site will generally still leave you
susceptible to DDOS attacks. If the adversary has sufficient resources
(e.g. bandwidth) and patience, he can essentially keep you down
permanently. The only good way to deal with this is at the network
level, e.g. your host may be able to apply various mitigations
depending on the specific DDOS tactics in use. A good caching plugin
will help in certain cases; I personally have had good success with
WP-Supercache but YMMV.

2) Sucuri.net (no affiliation with them) also has a good reputation.
Experienced admins can replicate a lot of the benefits from these
types of providers separately, but most blog authors lack the
expertise or time to do this. In the meantime, take care with what
plugins and themes you use, choose a good long passphrase, and follow
the rest of the advice in the Codex at
http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress.

If activists have related questions, please feel free to contact me
and I may be able to assist or direct you to specific subject matter
experts.

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM, Katy P <katycarvt at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sadly I was the victim of a targeted DDOS attack on my blog today after I
> wrote some blog posts that certain people from a certain country didn't
> like.
>
> However, on an upnote, a friend from the past directed me to WP Engine
> because they scan for and fix hacking attempts.
>
> http://support.wpengine.com/what-are-the-details-of-wp-engine-security-processes/
>


-- 
Kyle Maxwell [krmaxwell at gmail.com]
http://www.xwell.org
Twitter: @kylemaxwell



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