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#1 Dan

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:48 PM

This will be the first article in a series of short posts about how to best secure your website with LiquidPlex.

The internet is a dangerous place and we at LiquidPlex take security very seriously. This is why over the next few weeks I'll be posting some quick tips on how best to keep your site safe.

It may seem like a no brainer, but passwords are your number one line of defense for everything online. Recently, a couple of accounts that have been hacked with LiquidPlex have been found to use passwords like "P@ssword", "Passw0rd", or "P@ssw0rd", or some variation of the word password itself.

Having an easier to remember password like this is convenient because it allows a site owner the ability to remember it without having to write it down. The problem with these style passwords are that hackers know webmasters use them all the time and they are the first things they try when attempting to break into an account. Most of the times they fail since most site owners don't use these passwords, but there are a few times where they get lucky.

LiquidPlex has in place enhanced security measures to try to mitigate password break in attempts. We monitor all services that require authentication (FTP, cPanel, WHM, etc) and will automatically block any IP address that received a few failed login attempts.

The best way to avoid having your site fall victim to using a poor password is to use a password generator like the one PC Tools offers. A strong password will have at least 8 characters, including mixed case letters, numbers, and punctuation. For example, pu3#=teQ is a good quality password. Sure, it may not be the easiest to remember but after you use it a few times it'll typically start to stick. Or, if all else fails, you can always add a note on your phone! (But be sure to keep your phone secure too!)

I hope you have found this tip useful. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to reply to this thread.

-Dan





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