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Website Security Warning ~ Weekend Shock! 534 attacks in 24 hours!

Last weekend, during a chat with my friend Joy Healey, I decided to login to my CloudFlare (Content Delivery Network) account just to check out a few things after she mentioned some technical issues with her blog.

My blog has been running on this CDN for the past 2 years and there has been practically no security issues to deal with from my end.

NB: Joy has create a blog post sharing her experience and how she got her issues resolved. Check her post here

Now, while talking with Joy, I thought maybe a solid CDN could be the solution she needs. It’s important to note that the CDN technology is complex and I’m no expert at it. The main two things I need from a recommended CDN are: 

  1. Speed
  2. Security

Cloudflare is a bundle of more features but right now, the speed and security of my blog are the two most attractive points to me.

At the moment of writing this post, Joy’s blog is hosted by SiteGround and after doing some research, I found out SiteGround partners with CloudFlare to give its users the best in terms of site security and speed. So hooking JoyHealey.com to CloudFlare was not going to be any technical war.

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But here is my weekend shock

Once I logged in to Cloudflare and checked the security section of my blog, my jaws dropped.

Logging into Cloudflare is not something I do often because I believe they are strong enough to take care of any underground evil attempts while I focus on making the money.

Here is what I found out:

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534 threats stopped by Cloudflare within 24 hours.

After digging deeper, I found out over 50% of these threats are aimed at logging into my blog admin:

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and 488 threats came from United States:

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The USA is by far the best source of traffic for any online business. Readers from USA buy more probably because of their purchasing power and availability of buying and delivery facilities. But has USA also become the “red zone” ?

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Ok what about last month? Remember the stats above show threats stopped in the last 24 hours. Here below are some stats during the last 30 days:

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These stats are quite disturbing as we face attacks in every aspect of life.

Terrorism is everywhere!

While the world gets hit by Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, abubakar shekau’s Boko Haram, etc, the virtual world is being fired by wicked hackers whose gains are found is the anguish and pains they inflict on website owners.

I have a local security plugin though but I think my CDN platform is doing a great filtering job before passing over to the plugin. This may not be some 100% protection because that’s almost not available but the job done is heavily commendable.

My security Recommendations!

I have three things I recommend you do as a blogger and website owner to reinforce the security of your online properties;

  • Have a backup system in place: Do auto backup of your files and database.
  • Install a local security plugin. I use iThemes Security
  • Put your site on a CDN. CloudFlare is a great option of course.

Now let’s talk in comment section…

Is your blog on any CDN? What are your experiences?

Any other security recommendations you have for us?

Please drop a comment and share this post on social media for more exposure and awareness.

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  1. Muki, this is amazing i must say, thanks to this CDN. I now know better.

  2. Hi Enstine,

    1st off, thanks for helping my Friend, Joy Healey. 2ndly, thanks for the useful information about WordPress security issues and solutions.

    I’ve had good security service from the free version of the All In One WP Security plugin. Thanks,
    Edward

  3. Hi Enstine,

    I am using CloudFlare from last one year but I don’t know it provides such a good security to our blogs, I am surprised to see your data that most of the threats are coming from the USA.

    We need to have a backup of our content very frequently, we don’t know what happens to our blog any point of time, thanks for sharing the information, see you soon.
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  4. Its staggering how many attacks come through. I had to remove a malicious script from one of my older sites and I installed Wordfence on all my sites for protection.

    Spammers will continue to spam. We just have to fight back 🙂
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  5. Hey Enstine,

    So nice of you to help Joy and I know of course that she really does appreciate that. It’s horrible when you have that sinking feeling of not knowing what to do when you have an issue. Bless your heart.

    Now that’s shocking indeed. Wow… And they’re coming from the good old U.S.A. That’s just disturbing now and I hope just a one time thing. Not sure what’s up with that, never seen that before.

    I don’t have a CDN service and back when I first learned about it I was told that for my blog it wasn’t really a necessity and I can honestly say that they were right. I haven’t had any issues myself, knock on wood. We do have to be prepared and careful though so thanks for your recommendations.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week Enstine.

    ~Adrienne
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  6. Hi Enstine,

    It is really shocking news that you get most threats from USA. Before 2 months ago I found some issue with my blog so I contact to my hosting company they reply me that there is nothing issue with hosting and domain. They told me that it was hacked by some one and insert wrong data to your blog. One of my blogging friend suggest me to install Cloudflare plugin so that I can check how much threats you will get on your blog.

    Thanks for sharing valuable information, It will really helpful to all bloggers and business owners too.
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  7. Hi Enstine

    What a shocking revelation. That much threat within 24hrs. As you have shared, we as bloggers need to beef up security.

    The screenshots show how much online threats are on the increase. Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Have a swell week. Take care

  8. Hey Enstine Muki, You have published very helpful knowledge on the web. Your Articles is very helpful and most beneficial for me, I have learned in your blog new. Thanks A Lot for sharing it.

  9. Hi Enstine
    I wonder if a wonderful techie blogger like you have that much grave concerns about website security then what about a huge non-techie lot including me who don’t have that much tech skills and mostly rely on automated security solutions.

    You pointed well that security and speed of the blog are the two main challenges once a blogger establishes his brand and has a wider following.

    These tasks are not one-time doing tasks and one has to check them at least on weekly basis.

    I too have regular back up and local security plugin on my all blogs but still I couldn’t have taken them to the ideal level of speed and that is one of my biggest targets of this year .
    Many thanks for sharing this very useful info.

    Have a great rest of the week

  10. Hi Enstine,

    How are you doing? I am horrified to see these numbers. I just don’t get it, other than trying to find out financial information. What’s the reason for trying to hack into someone’s account.

    I’m happy you were able to help Joy and congrats to you both for your perseverance.
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    • Hi Monna,
      I’m sure WordPress has a bunch of enemies who want to fight its growth. By tracking down and destroying WP sites, they think they will kill its expansion.

      People will keep loving it for its simplicity and friendly community 😉

  11. Hi Enstine,

    It’s a terrible thing what Joy Healey had to get to her website. So many hoops to go through! I’m glad she was able to correspond with you to find a fix. I do admit I am aware of CDN but not that familiar. I have seen it on my web hosting end, perhaps they have some backup systems in place for protection. I’ll have to check it out!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge,
    Lillian

  12. Hi Enstine,

    Happy Monday! So sorry to hear your site was under attack. Bleh, hate it when that happens. I’m not using Cloudflare at this moment, although I did try it in the past. Probably a good reminder to check into it once more and apply it to my sites.

    Thanks for sharing this! Hope you’re site is secured once more!

    Bren

  13. Hello Enstine,

    Nice tips, the last time i tried using CDN was in 2014 which i couldn’t get it to work because i don’t know my way around it, I am also using SiteGround hosting on my blog.

    Any tips to help me set it up?
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    • Hey bro,
      It’s very easy now to setup on cloudflare

      – First, create a CloudFlare account
      – Then add your domain to it (follow screen instructions)
      – CloudFlare will give you Nameservers for your domain
      – Change the Nameservers at the level of your domain registrar

      NB: There won’t be any downtime at all 😉

  14. Hi Enstine,
    These figures are really alarming for all bloggers and website owners, but as you mentioned in the post we can tackle these threats by adopting proper security measures.

    Cloudflare is really wonderful for site speed and security checks, though I am not using it at the moment but after reading this post i,ll resume it soon.

    Wonderful post idea again, thank!

    Subha Sadiq

  15. Hi Enstine,

    Thanks very much for your warning!

    Yes, I was familiar with the problems that Joy was having so happy that you helped her solve it.

    Those statistics you shared a dead scary. Goodness, its amazing how many malicious people are out there. I was also shocked that many of them emanated from the USA.

    Your remedial recommendations are sound so thanks a lot for sharing.

    Cheers,

    Kim
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    • Hey Kim,
      I’m glad her blog is stable now and hope that should be for long so she can focus on content production 😉

      More good things are coming from the USA so we should also expect bad visitors from there too. We have to constantly protect our blogs that’s why I recommend some steps to take.

      thanks for being part of the post and for sharing on social media for more exposure. do have a wonderful week ahead buddy

  16. Hi Enstine,

    Well, what can I say, other than a big thank-you for all your help over the weekend! I would never have thought, or had the confidence, to set up Cloudflare without you.

    I’m hoping that my blog security problems will be reduced going forward, and I’ll be watching the Cloudflare log with interest.

    Wow Karan’s figures are scary too. You’re right, this is online terrorism, but we’ll fight back.

    Thanks once again my friend.

    Joy

    • Hey Joy,
      Thanks for the collaboration and in helping me with this blog post idea 😉
      I’m sure with CloudFlare, there is going to be some improvement.

      Note that the war is ongoing and we will not stop protecting ourselves. Victory is ours 😉

      Do have a wonderful week ahead

      • Thanks for the mention, Enstine.

        I checked my Cloudflare log again this morning and the number of threats blocked has more than doubled – USA and Ukraine in the lead.

        The battle against hackers continues, and thanks again for your help.

        Even better that we both got a blog post idea out of it !!

  17. Hey Enstine,
    Just like you I don’t often visit my cloudflare account but after reading the post I logged in immediately. Your jaws dropped off after reading the threats stopped on your website in the last 24 hours (534), in my case the figure is 3,531 and out of it 3,522 are from US.

    I am ahead of you at least in something 😛
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