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Securing WordPress. Protect your Site or Blog from Escalating Attacks!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
For a deep dive, see our white paper: Securing WordPress

WordPress is used by about 15% of the top 1 million web sites on the web and manages about 22% of all web sites as of August 2011.  It has only been growing since then.  Indeed, a large fraction of our hosting clients use WordPress, as does LuxSci for many different applications (e.g. blog, server status, video blog, etc.).

Unfortunately, WordPress has a history of being attacked, having significant security vulnerabilities, and being a source of security pain for web site administrators.

Things have gotten markedly worse recently:

  1. Bot Net Attack:  Wordpress sites all across the Internet are being attacked by a botnet that is attempting to guess administrative and user credentials by brute force.  This is compromising sites and causing significant load on web hosting servers.  This attack is “light” now, but expected to get only worse says CloudFlare, a cloud security firm. Indeed, LuxSci.com sees these attacks constantly on all WordPress sites that we host. We have measures in place to auto-block IP addresses that appear to be attacking WordPress sites; however, as the attack is coming from more than 90,000 different, unrelated IP addresses, they are hard to block outside of WordPress itself (see below for how to block them). These attacks are going after “wp-login.php”, the user name “admin” and trying the most common 1000 or so passwords.  Besides that, the sheer burden of the massive, if simple, attack is straining web hosting servers across providers.
  2. Vulnerabilities: Most problems with compromised WordPress sites arise due to vulnerabilities in the WordPress software or installed plugins.  Vulnerabilities are continuously found and corrected and new versions of the software released.  However, the vast majority of WordPress sites do not update their software, or seldom update. Attackers troll the Internet looking for outdated WordPress installs and then attack them with known vulnerabilities to gain control over these sites.  With more and more WordPress sites out there, there are more and more sites that are not keeping abreast with security updates.  They are ripe for the picking.
In this article, we discuss the best practices for securing your WordPress site.  Wordpress is a great tool if used properly.

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Shared Calendars: Web, Desktop, and Mobile.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

“I need to share our corporate calendar with all my employees, but only allow some people to edit it. … I need my staff to be able to access their calendars while on the road with events updated in real time. … My secretary needs to be able to manage my calendar without having full access to my other information.  …. We have separate, overlapping groups of people who need to have multiple calendars shared with different sets of people; we need event assignment notices and reminders – can you help?”

Shared calendars and event collaboration are topics high on the priority list for many of our customers.  Fortunately, LuxSci has a robust calendaring system complete with methods for fine-grained sharing, notifications, reminders, and access from desktop and mobile devices.

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Outlook WebAideSynch Plugin Now Free to All Users

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

LuxSci’s Outlook WebAideSynch Plugin allows users to import, export, and synchronize their WebAide  Calendars, Tasks, and Address Books with Outlook 2002+ with the touch of a button.

This Outlook Plugin is now available free to all users; previously, an Enterprise WebAides license was required.  This means that users who have not purchased an Enterprise WebAides license now have access to this plugin to synchronize their Calendar, Address Book, and any shared global WebAides with their Outlook client.  Synchronizing with Outlook also makes it easy to synchronize with most mobile devices that have the ability to synchronize with Outlook.

Outlook WebAideSynch works with Outlook version 2002 and newer.  Existing users can download and install this plugin from LuxSci’s help pages: WebAideSynch: Synchronization Plugin for Outlook.

Outlook Calendar, Task, and Address Book Synchronization Plugin Updated

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

In keeping with the recent improvements to our WebAide Address Books and Calendars, LuxSci is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of its WebAideSynch plugin for Microsoft Outlook.  This version addresses several stability issues and bugs and also includes more robust support for entries containing content in most languages.

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