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Someone has tried to hack into my website

  • Hi,

    I run a website that is not hosted on wordpress (my blogs are but i needed more plugins for the site) and last night, someone tried to change the email for the admin account (I got the email message this morning when I woke up) and when I went to my user accounts, there was a new account set up there which I did not set up!

    I don’t see that anything on the site has changed but I’m wondering if there is a log file somewhere that I can check to see what changes were made and if the ip address of the person who set up that account had been captured.

    I have changed all passwords to make them stronger, but I was hoping someone would have suggestions for how to increase the security of my website which is self-hosted as well as for my blogs which are on wordpress.com.

    The non-profit organisation that I run has attracted a lot of attacks from hackers in the past so any suggestions would be really appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Meryl

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski

    @jdembowski

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    People (automated scripts really) try to get into WordPress blogs all the time. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about it if you are being vigilant.

    Just keep up to date and use good strong passwords.

    http://www.studiopress.com/tips/wordpress-site-security.htm

    For your self hosted WordPress installations consider installing this plugin.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/

    That should help regarding brute force password attempts.

    Thanks Jan – I appreciate that. My concern is that a user account was set up and I never did it so that isn’t just a bot. I also got an email from WordPress to say that I had requested a change to the admin password which of course, I never had. I’m not sure if bots do that sort of thing – the probably can now?

    Anyway, thank you for replying so quickly. I use a password generator so I have set it for extra, extra high 🙂 And the plugin is going in right now – I hadn’t seen that one before so thanks for the pointer!

    All the best,
    Meryl

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    @jdembowski

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    You’re welcome, glad to help. 🙂

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