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Tips to protect your WordPress site from spam

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Helge
wp-lockWordPress is a very popular tool since it is one of the simplest and  most popular ways to create your own website or blog. Unfortunately,  WordPress sites can be exposed to spam bots that comment, create users and send lots of spam mail where your page is the sender. We have put together five tips to help you protect your WordPress site from these spam bots. 1. Limit who can comment on your posts On popular websites with many visitors, most of the comments that come in are pure spam. We therefore recommend that you limit who can leave comments on your page. You do this under Settings> Discussion in the WordPress control ...

Why it is important to upgrade PHP for your website?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by Helge
On November 30, 2020, the support for PHP 7.2 will stop. This means that this version will stop being maintained and security updated by its developers - you who use PHP 7.2 or earlier today therefore need to upgrade to a later PHP version. … But what are the benefits of upgrading to a later PHP version? See below.index Two benefits of using the latest PHP version on your website Higher security An up-to-date PHP version is continuously updated to close any security holes and vulnerabilities. If you continue to use a PHP version that is no longer reviewed by its developers, your website may be compromised. Better performance Newer versions of PHP are ...

Servage control panel – .htpasswd feature

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 by Helge
lock_cury_2Protecting files on your site from unapproved clients can be significant. Much increasingly significant is the strategy by which you achieve this undertaking. You could utilize PHP to tune in for login approval data on each page, yet that doesn't ensure your pictures, archives, and other media? Servage gives you the option to .htaccess secure your websites with a few clicks only! login to servage control panel. click on Domain and Websites and Password Protection option. Select the domain name for which you want to enable password protection. On the right-hand side of the screen there is one green Add button. Then add title and click on folder in which you want to password protect it. After that, ...

Wordfence: WordPress security two-factor login

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by Helge
wordfence-medallionYou have probably already heard of the term two-factor authentication, maybe you already use it today even with other services? However, what you may not know is that two-factor authentication has more uses than the web, for example, it can be applied to secure the login for your WordPress page. According to estimations, more then 75.000.000 websites are running Wordpress. Unfortunately, its popularity has made the tool a target for people who want to use your website to send spam or spread malicious code. Therefore, any means of securing your website that does not affect its usability may be worth reviewing and may also be used.In this post, we particularly want ...

Remember to use secure passwords

Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Servage
It seems that the increasing amount of accounts, logins, services, increases the amount of passwords to keep in mind dramatically. All too often you see people using too simple, or same passwords, for many important services. Therefore I would like to remind about the importance of secure passwords, like in a previous article here on the Servage Magazine. It's important to keep focus on this issue, so users are always reminded to increase their personal level of security. It’s easy for service providers to ask their users to use secure passwords. After all it is the user who is supposed to remember it. Obviously it is better for everyone if secure ...

GeoIP Security

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 by Servage
geoip_wildcardsThe Servage  GeoIP Security supports the use of wildcards to allow IP ranges in addition to specific IPs. This means you can allow entire blocks of IP addresses with one setting, instead of having to add each address individually. What does the GeoIP Security feature do? It enables you to restrict access to login to your Servage account based on the user's country or IP address. You find it in the control panel at "Your Account > GeoIP Login Security". Allowing specific addresses: 12.34.56.78 34.56.78.90 ... Allowing address ranges: 12.34.56.* This allows any address starting with 12.34.56 12.34.* This allows any address starting with 12.34 ... Allowing countries: Simply select the ...

Servage Web Development Course Part 6: Protect your files and folders with htaccess

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by Servage
Hey there! Part five is now a few weeks old, and it's about time for the next step! Today the topic is simple file/folder protection with the help of htaccess (don't worry if you have no clue what that means). When you develop on a new project it's nice to be able to keep the public out, while working on it. And I am sure you can also come up with a whole lot of different reasons why you would want to protect certain files. What is htaccess protection? Htaccess files (hypertext access files) allow you to alter the configuration of the web-server to an extend permitted by the server administrator (which ...

Google receives 2.4m requests to delete search results

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by Helge
trashGoogle received 2.4 million requests since 2014 to delete search-engine results under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) rules. European Union citizens currently have the right to ask search engines to remove results that include their names following a landmark decision from the European Court of Justice in 2014. The search giant released an updated version of its annual Transparency Report, which discloses how many and what kind of requests Google has received to delist pages from results and in how many instances the company complied. According to the report, it looks like the company is being asked to remove plenty of content. From 2014-2017, it received more then 2.4 million requests. ...

Remember secure passwords easily

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 by Servage
keypadIt's easy for service providers to ask their users to use secure passwords. After all it is the user who is supposed to remember it. Obviously it is better for everyone if secure passwords are being used everywhere, but for many people it represents an annoyance to use a password like "237IMBd!" instead of "pizza". However, there are plenty of ways making it easier to remember secure passwords - and some of them even add a little bit of fun to the process ;-) I would like to explain my personal way of generating and using secure passwords as an inspiration to figure out a way that works for you, and moreover, ...

Chip security flaws

Monday, January 8th, 2018 by Helge
Specter and Meltdown!  These are the names of the two potentially serious security holes in processors that were revealed during the past week. We will start by stating that, with certainty, we can't say exactly how serious the bugs are (or rather how easy they are to exploit). In any case, this is what we know so far: meltdown-spectre-100745814-large The security holes have been traced back to 2011. Initially, only Intel's processors were pointed out (something that, of course, was so bad considering the manufacturer's market dominance) but later at his has been revised and the problem, at least with Spectre, seems to apply to all major processor manufacturers. Simply described, it's all ...