October is a cyber security awareness month so lets start it with the most hilarious web security awareness video I’ve ever seen.
What can be even worse is storing user passwords in plain text.
Brian Kreb was recently shocked when his hosting provider sent him his password in plain text. He wrote a post about it and made a conclusion that it is quite a common practice among hosting providers and that “naming and shaming may be the only way to change” it.
But why do hosting providers save passwords in plain text? Maybe because most of them don’t invent anything and just rely on web hosting automation programs?
This is the second interview in the “Hosting+Security” series.
WordPress – is the most frequently used tag on this blog. There are two major reasons for this:
Thousands (if not millions) of WordPress bloggers have already experienced various security related problems: malicious scripts and spammy links injected into their web pages, rogue users, corrupted databases — they know how much time and efforts it may take to recover their sites, and how it can be frustrating to find their blogs hacked again just a few weeks later.
In this interview, I will talk with Jason Cohen about WordPress security and his new WPEngine hosting company that aims to protect your WP blogs better than any traditional shared hosting provider.
My first interview in the “Hosting+Security” category will be with Jim Walker of TVCNet.
I know Jim for quite some time. I met him in various forums where webmasters discuss security problems. A couple of months ago he started to advertise his malware removal service on my Unmask Parasites site. Before placing the ads, I did some background check and was impressed with their focus on security features and their looong list of signed testimonials.
To find out more about how a relatively small hosting provider can ensure security of their clients’ websites, I asked Jim to answer my questions and tell my blog readers about his company’s security practices.
Many webmasters are happy with their hosting providers … until their sites get hacked. This is when some of them may get frustrated with their hosts.
There may be numerous reasons for that: