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Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Use the WP 2FA Plugin on your Child Sites

Keeping your child sites secure is always worth taking the time to setup now more than ever. There is a new easy to use plugin for 2FA (two-factor authentication) and it is called WP 2FA. The plugin is from the same developers as WP Security Audit Log. After you have installed and activated the WP 2FA plugin on your child site you can quickly go through the setup wizard. The recommended method will be to use the Google Authenticator application which is available for iOS and Android. The setup wizard will guide you through the QR code to scan in

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Securing Your Child Site using the WT Security Plugin

There is a new WordPress plugin for site security and it is called WT Security. After the plugin has been installed and activated it will add a new admin menu called; WP Security To be able to use the security plugin you will need to create an account on the Webtotem site. After you have confirmed your account from the email link, now you can log into the site and add your site that you want to protect. After you have added the site that you want to protect now will need to add an API key into the plugin’s

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Security, cash and a new rival on the horizon

In today’s World of WordPress, we dive into a couple of security issues, Automattic’s latest investment, the end of an era at StudioPress, and a new player on the web builder horizon. Let’s get ready to ride. Giddyup. WordPress security issues There seems always to be an issue with security vulnerabilities. I know many people keep up with them through the Wordfence content. Enter WebARX. The new platform several have already implemented to help secure their sites is also keeping up with various vulnerability issues. I had never heard of the “Theme Editor” plugin. I can remember, in times past,

Migrate from the Stream Plugin to the WP Security Audit Log Plugin
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Migrate from the Stream Plugin to the WP Security Audit Log Plugin

Stream is a plugin from XWP which works, but compared to newer security audit plugins such as WP Security Audit Log, it is quite limited. Stream can also bloat the site database, depending on how long logs are being stored by. To  reset the database of entries that Stream has created, you can do so from wp-admin; Stream > Settings > Reset Stream Database When you deactivate and delete the Stream plugin, the two custom database tables that the plugin creates will not be removed, unless you click on the uninstall next to the plugin in the plugin list. An

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Removing the Cerber Security Plugin Data from your Child Site

Security plugins on your child site can help find security issues and help block specific users, but one thing to be aware of is security plugins which end up causing serious performance issues. One such security plugin is Cerber Security, which has been known to cause performance issues on sites. Ceber Security plugin will end up making a number of request to plugin files, as well as causing high CPU usage, due to the amount of PHP resources that it ends up using. When deactivated and uninstalled, the plugin will still leave behind a number of options and database tables.

Handy iThemes Security Constants
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Handy iThemes Security Constants

iThemes Security plugin is an easy to use security plugin for your child sites. One of the lesser known things about iThemes Security is that the plugin includes a number of constants, which can be added to your child site’s wp-config.php file to set certain things on or off. MainWP has an amazing code snippets extension, which allows you to set constants from the MainWP Dashboard site. This means that any of these constants for iThemes Security plugin can easily be saved to any connected child sites. If you had issues with emails being sent from iThemes Security plugin, or

How to use Action Log for MainWP
Extension Tutorials
Sebastian Moran

Using the Activity Log for MainWP Extension

MainWP now has a very useful way to track changes made on both the MainWP Dashboard site, as well as tracking changes to connected child sites using Activity Log for MainWP extension. First, you will need to install the WP Security Audit Log plugin on all of the connected child sites, which is very easy to bulk install plugins on your MainWP Dashboard site. Next, you will need to install the Activity Log for MainWP extension on your MainWP Dashboard site. Once the Activity Log for MainWP extension has been installed, follow the setup wizard for which child sites where

MAINWP SECURITY EXTENSIONS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Taking advantage of MainWP security extensions to help secure your sites from the menacing zombies on the internet

What is your favorite scary movie? How did it make you feel to watch the movie? I remember when the movie The Blair Witch Project came out. It was creepy. There were no zombies in the movie, but an urban legend about a witch. Word is, the filming concluded on Halloween. I remember as I watched to movie thinking to myself, anyone who has ever camped out hears noises, yet they were freaking out. There are lots of noises in the silence. via GIPHY Sometimes, the more we panic, the worse we get scared. It is important to be alert,

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to manage WordPress security like a boss using the MainWP Dashboard

Security is pretty important. In fact, security is damn important. Hackings of your website can cost you valuable downtime, embarrassing visuals, get you in trouble with Google and cost you the chance to make money. Yet it happens every day. This is why it is necessary for someone running a business on their website to have security measure in place. Security measures come down to two basic things: Preventative, and the ability to restore. To restore, this means you have a backup system in place. Thankfully, with MainWP as your WordPress maintenance tool, you have easy access to options to

How to Change Default WordPress Admin Username

Having an unique Administrator username is essential for your site’s security! After installing WordPress, unless you specify another name, default administrator username will be ”admin”. If you continue using “admin” as an administrator username, a hacker can easily break into your website. With performing a brute force attack on your account using the default WordPress admin username in order to retrieve your password a hacker will gain access over your website. By logging into your WordPress admin account a hacker will have full permissions to access the WordPress directories and dashboard, meaning that he would be able to control your entire website. In order

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