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Lock Down Your WordPress Sites – Step 1 of 2

Hey, there!

There is a constant, world-wide war being waged against WordPress sites.

If you use WordPress for your site, like I do, there’s one thing you can do immediately, and one amazing plugin you can add to it that will keep you safe from this attack.

And it’s all free. What do I recommend you do first?

First, a very brief summary of what’s happening. Then, I’ll give you some homework for today, then the plugin you need to get in the next 60 SECONDS.

Since Thursday of last week, a group of hackers has been using an automated program to attempt a large number of logins on sites that are identified as using WordPress. This is happening world wide, in an attempt to turn those sites into automated spam servers.

You don’t want your VO actor site turned into an automated spam server. You just don’t.

Here’s an article that gives the tech details, if you want to wade through it.

(You may have noticed that the VO2GoGo site is a heckuva lot faster than it was. It’s because I implemented these suggestions – I was getting hammered by this robot-like hacking tool.)

So, first, I want you to do one thing, right now, if you haven’t already: change the name of your administrator User login from the WordPress default “admin” to something else. Anything else. That’s the first thing the tool looks for – it tries the login with the username “admin”, and if it’s not “admin”, it can’t be successful.

Now, you can’t just change the name from ‘admin.’ If you try to simply change the admin name, you’ll get an error that says “Usernames can’t be changed.” What you actually have to do is create a new user with administration privileges that isn’t named ‘admin’, log out and then log in to the new user, then delete the old admin user and assign all their articles to the newly created user.

The hackers can still slow down your site by submitting username and password combinations, over and over and over, creating a real drain on your system, and potentially cracking your password.

But the plugin I’m going to tell you about tomorrow will finish the job.

So go – go change your administration username.

I’ll check in with you next time with further instructions.

David

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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