WordPress 3: Developing Secure Sites

with Jeff Starr
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WordPress 3: Developing Secure Sites
Video duration: 0s 2h 36m Intermediate


This course explains how to secure self-hosted WordPress sites, including site configuration, code modification, and the use of free plug-ins. Beginning with the basics of site security, author Jeff Starr explains how to harden a WordPress site by configuring authentication keys, setting proper file permissions, and removing version numbers. The course shows how to implement a firewall, prevent automated spam, and control proxy access, and concludes with a series of advanced tips and site security best practices.

Topics include:
  • Backing up and restoring your site
  • Setting up strong passwords
  • Choosing trusted plugins and themes
  • Protecting the configuration file and the admin directory
  • Securing the login page
  • Fighting comment spam
  • Blocking access and detecting hacks
  • Finding and reporting vulnerabilities
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Hello, I am Jeff Starr. Welcome to WordPress 3: Developing Secure Sites. It was recently reported that WordPress sites make up 12% of the entire Internet. That's pretty incredible if you think about it. One of the downsides to this popularity is that WordPress is a huge target for malicious attacks. In this course, I'll show you how to diminish the threat of these attacks and make your site more secure. First, we'll take a look at some basics, like backing up and restoring, setting up strong passwords, and choosing trusted plug-ins and themes.

We'll also explore how to increase security by monitoring users and files, scanning for exploits, and using a firewall to defend against attacks. Then we'll move on to more advanced topics, such as protecting RSS feeds, stopping hotlinking, and blocking proxy servers. Join me in WordPress 3: Developing Secure Sites, and I'll show you how to keep your WordPress site safe and secure.

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