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    Brute Force Attacks on the Rise — WP NET has your back

    - by GB

    As reported by Sucuri recently, Brute-force attacks on WordPress sites are on the rise and are still one of the most common website compromises.

    Sucuri Website Security Brute Force Reports

    Sucuri have also created this interesting WordPress Brute-Force Attack monitoring page, which shows the brute-force activity on WordPress sites on the Sucuri network.  … continues

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    Malware Scanning Systems Improvement

    - by GB

    We are in the final stages of deploying improved malware scanning capability on all WP NET servers.

    In addition to the external malware scanning we perform using Sucuri Security’s SiteCheck scanner, we will also be performing server-side malware scanning using industry standard software which provides a more robust and comprehensive scanning capability.

    For the time being we will continue to operate both systems for malware scanning, but we will be reviewing this in the future and we may discontinue the Sucuri SiteCheck scanner if we find that it is no longer beneficial.

    If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to get in touch.

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    PHP 5.6 is coming

    - by GB

    We are in the later stages of testing PHP 5.6 for use on our multi-tenant Managed WordPress servers. Currently these servers run PHP 5.4.

    WordPress is known to work well with PHP 5.6, and very few plugins report incompatibility with 5.6, so the upgrade process should cause very few — if any — problems.

    PHP 5.6 does bring with it some exciting new features. Not least among them: speed improvements, largely thanks to the built-in Opcode cache. When upgraded to PHP 5.6, our Managed WordPress customers can expect a small-to-medium speed boost when using the WP Admin and other PHP intensive pages.

    Cloud VPS server customers can rest easy you’re already running PHP5.5 or 5.6, both of which include the Opcode cache.

    We’re still a good few weeks away from rolling this out to all users but it is on the way!

    If you have any questions about running WordPress with PHP 5.6, please just get in touch.

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    WordPress Security Issues — This Is Good!

    - by GB

    It’s been another busy week for WordPress security — first a large number of very popular plugins were found to be vulnerable to XSS (Cross-site Scripting) attacks due to improper use of a couple of commonly used functions. Then, an important security update for the WordPress core, version 4.1.2 was released. Plugin and theme authors the world over are no doubt still busily checking their code and updates to various plugins and themes are still rolling out as I write this post (though most have already been fixed and updated a couple of days ago).

    Many WordPress users are probably wondering … why are there so many security patches coming out for WordPress? Is WordPress a safe platform for my website?  … continues

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    Managed Cloud VPS servers now available

    - by GB

    We’re thrilled to announce that our Managed Cloud VPS server products are now officially available.

    We have been offering this service to a few select customers for a while now, and we have been carefully testing and monitoring the platform to ensure that it’s stable and fast. We’re pleased to say that it is now rock-solid — and thanks to SSD RAID drives — it’s crazy fast!

    Starting at only NZD$199 per month you can get yourself a fully managed Cloud VPS server, powered by 64-bit Ubuntu Linux. We install a custom designed hosting stack, featuring Nginx with SPDY and PHP-FPM. You can choose to run either PHP 5.4, 5.5 or the latest and greatest: 5.6.  … continues

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    Knowledge is key to WordPress security

    - by GB

    An article recently published on ZDNet suggests that much of WordPress’s security woes are due to lack of knowledge on the part of the administrator. Security — an area that is often overlooked or left out of the budget altogether — if left unchecked, can make your website an easy target.

    Frequently, if a handful of straightforward, proven security hardening measures had been completed, many sites would not have fallen prey to their attackers.   … continues

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    Reduce risk with managed hosting, says ZDNet

    - by GB

    An interesting article was recently published on ZDNet, highlighting the increasing risks associated with unmanaged WordPress hosting.

    In particular, the recent vulnerability discovered in the ubiquitous Slider Revolution plugin (and the subsequent controversy about the management of it’s disclosure and patching) has raised important questions regarding WordPress management and security.

    At what technical level, is it accepted that a website owner has the necessary know-how to secure a website, protect it against attacks and detect when problems occur? As WordPress becomes ever more popular around the world — so too does the need for focus on security, performance and scalability.

    … security is an even bigger imperative. Many WordPress sites belong to people who don’t know jack about computers, let alone web site administration. These users are much better off with a WordPress environment in which their options are limited, but their safety protected.

    In 2015, it will be more important than ever to ensure that your WordPress installations are secure and up to date.

    Read the article.

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    WordPress 4.1 due next week

    - by GB

    The next major release for WordPress, version 4.1 is due to be released on December 15 2014.

    You can read some (work in progress) information about the new release on the WordPress.org website.

    We will be reviewing and testing WordPress 4.1 as soon as it’s released and then start our upgrade process for all our hosting customers shortly thereafter.  … continues

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    Managed WordPress Hosting Saves The Day … Again

    - by GB

    Our NZ-Based Managed WordPress Hosting has been operating for 8 months now, and already there have been many occasions when our added level of WordPress support and expertise has given our customers security and peace of mind.

    WP NET does not just host your site and leave it at that — we constantly monitor the WordPress eco-sphere for important security updates, emerging threats and other risks — and when they are discovered we inform our customers and patch our systems as soon as possible. Most other hosts are not even aware of these issues and resolving them is usually left to you.

    Many WordPress sites are still vulnerable to some of these threats weeks or even months later.

    WP NET also monitors your website uptime and performs regular malware scans, and if we notice any performance issues with your site, we’ll get in touch and work with you to make improvements.

    So, ask yourself … can you afford not to use Managed WordPress hosting?

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    Increased resources now available on all plans

    - by GB

    As we continue to grow, we want to ensure that our hosting plans provide the right balance of resources that our customers need.

    To this end, we have today increased the allocated resources on all hosting plans as follows. All prices remain the same.  … continues

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