How to recover from navigation damage on wordpress site

It happened once to have my word-press site down because somebody hack it. It was the first time to have my site down because somebody hacked it. the navigation on my site was not working probably. What make it bad is that I was not have any backup of my site. Having the risk of loosing my site’s content was like a nightmare for me.
The issue was basically the navigation was not working as well as if I try to use a valid URL it was not navigating to the correct page as well. Control panel was not accessible because of the same issue.
Then I start thinking what might bring the Navigation down. Then I start thinking what might be corrupted on my site. The good news I was using a customized theme so all what I did is deleting the theme I have on my site by using FTP client and restore it again. This solve the issue and I start putting strategy to backup my site and make sure to have a base to recover my site without even have any possibility of loosing my site’s contents. The mistake I have is having the theme folder with write permission for anonymous access. This security permission was required by a plugin. So I took that plugin out from my site and re-set the correct security permission on the theme folder.

Tips to Secure your Wireless network

these days almost everyone has a Wireless network (WLAN) either at home or at work. it is very nice to deal with WLAN as you are not have to set in specific place just to use the wire connecting you with your router.

the main issue with WLAN is any Wireless-enabled devise can connect to it not only your laptop or mobile devises. specially if your WLAN signal is accessible outside the boundary of your building. which means anybody can set outside and monitor your network traffic or even access internet using your WLAN. this is really scary !!

When I setup my WLAN network at home for the first time, I thought it is secured just because I have to provide passphrase (password) before I can access my network. after doing some researches I could find my network is not secured at all and I like transferring my data in front of everybody who can catch my network signal. I was accessing my bank accounts, providing my personal information, transferring files between different machines. this meant if anybody could successfully breakdown into my network, then I am officially dead!

so after I discover the fact that is my network is not secure, the first question I have what can I do to secure my network?. I can not go back to the Wired LANs. I could list 4 easy actions that you can do to make your network more secure:

1. make sure you are NOT using WEP Encryption:

WEP is stands for “Wired Equivalent Privacy” and this kind of encryption can be hacked within 30 Seconds, regardless of how complex your passphrase (Password) is. to solve this issue, switch and start using WPA2 encryption. it is much more secure than WEP and harder to be hacked.

2. Place your Wireless router in middle of your house or building:

This will minimize signal’s strength so that the WLAN signal will not be very strong outside the building boundaries.

3. ALWAYS use Firewall at your WLAN router:

Firewall will prevent intruder from accessing your Router administration site. Thus make the hacking possibility very low

4. Change the default SSID:

usually the default SSID indicate the brand name of your Router. this kind of info should not be publicly broadcast. thus just change it to something else. letting the hacker knowing the brand name of your WLAN router, make their hacking much easier.

 

I hope you will find these easy steps useful and this will make your network much securer than if you did not implement them.

Security Concerns – Part 1

Securing your web application is a hard task and needs lot of thoughts and work. One of the basic principles of securing your web application is blocking system-level information from been known by end user. I mean by system-level information, Example of things that should be un-known for end users

  1. What DB you are using
  2. What hosting software’s you are using
  3. What is the file structure you are using
  4. What resource file paths.

Yasser Jaber posted a nice article about this topic into Integrant’s blog site. Clinic here to Read More!