Dear WordPress users,
Over the last 24 hours we’ve seen an increase of brute-force attacks against WordPress sites globally. In order to help mitigate these attacks, we’ve implemented some restrictions on our network to limit the number of failed login attempts against WordPress sites. However, we highly advise that you also make some adjustments to your own WordPress site to minimize your potential risk.
1. We highly recommend that you upgrade to the latest version, WordPress 3.5.1. If you have installed WordPress manually, you can follow these instructions: http://codex.wordpress.org/Updating_WordPress. If you have used our application vault, you can upgrade by logging into the Control Panel at https://manage.myhosting.com, navigating to your Website Site Applications area, select your WordPress installation, and click on the “Upgrade” button to start the process.
2. Make sure that all your WordPress users have strong passwords. Use at least 8 characters with lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. It’s especially important to make sure that you don’t use dictionary words, passwords that are the same as the username, or other simple passwords. Here are some useful suggestions on creating a strong password: http://windows.microsoft.com/is-is/windows-vista/tips-for-creating-a-strong-password.
3. You can also install a plugin such as “Limit Login Attempts”. This will allow you to set your own rules for how many failed login attempts are allowed. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/
Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions or concerns: http://myhosting.com/help/
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