An attack on websites built on content management platforms such as Drupal, Joomla and WordPress has meant very slow response times while in your site Admin, or the inability to log in at all. In some instances your site could go down for short periods altogether.
This is a global attack affecting all web hosts. Hopefully this ends soon, but it is a reminder that we must all take website security seriously.
Create a Better Password
The attack is targeting username and password combinations that you might laugh at, but we’ve seen sites where admin and password were used. These were probably meant to be temporary while the site was being constructed and then considered no big deal as time went on. If your site is important to your business and brand it is a big deal.
We recommend that the password be randomly made up of letters, numbers and characters such as !@#$. Use at least 15 characters.
Backup… just in case.
The information on your site pages are stored in a database and you will need to have a copy of it in case, for whatever reason, you need to restore your site.
Update Update Update
It’s important to keep your website software up-to date, not only because an update may contain some useful, new function, but also because security fixes are often part of the new release.
Backup prior to updating site software so that you’ll have working version of the site to rollback to should an update prove to be incompatible with your website or the server it sits on.