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Lock Down Your WordPress Sites – Step 2 of 2

Hey, there!

There is a constant, world-wide war being waged against WordPress sites. And in the last post, I gave you one thing you could do right away to help you stay safe: change your WordPress administrator User’s username to something other than “admin.”

You did that, right?

Great.

And I promised you one more thing that would finish the bad guys off for good. Here it is.

First, a very brief summary of what’s happening. Then, I’ll give you the plugin you need to get this project finished.

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.

So, now that you’ve changed the name of your administrator User login from the WordPress default “admin” to something else, let’s finish the job.

(By the way – this will all work a lot easier if you have a smartphone: iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry. If you don’t have one, you can get protected via text message or phone call. Get details on how to do that in this very geeky article.)

First, get the Google Authenticator app for your particular smartphone. If you have an iPhone, like I do, you can get the app, for free, here:

https://www.vo2gogo.com/get-google-authenticator-ios

If you have an Android device, go here:

https://www.vo2gogo.com/get-google-authenticator-android

And if you have a BlackBerry, go here (the app at BlackBerry App World is called Authomator, not Google Authenticator, but it does the same thing):

https://www.vo2gogo.com/get-google-authenticator-bb

OK. Got your app downloaded and installed? Don’t worry that you can’t use it yet.

Here’s the next step.

Go log in to your WordPress site, go to Plugins, click the Add New button at the top of the page, and then search for the phrase Google Authenticator. It’s usually the first plugin that shows up in the results, and it’s by Henrik Schack.

Install that. And follow the instructions to show the QR code in the plugin that you’ll snap a photo of with the app, to tie the two pieces (the plugin, and the app) together.

Once you do, you’ll be on your way to using world-class, timed authentication access codes, used by the big boys to protect access to their big boy stuff. And you’ll need your phone in front of you to be able to log in to your site (or sites – I have it protecting all of mine now).

Here’s how the plugin and the app work together: the plugin adds a third text box to your login screen – and the app is constantly generating six-digit numbers that change every 20 seconds. When you go to log in to your WordPress site, you enter your non-“admin” username and your password, along with the number that’s currently displayed on your phone’s screen in the app, and if it’s correct, then the plugin allows you to be logged in.

And you don’t have to worry if your phone is not connected to the Net, like when you’re on an airplane – the Google Authenticator keeps creating numbers for you to use as your codes.

It sounds more tricky than it is, but it’s easy and it’s rock solid. All because the bad guys can’t know what’s on your phone’s screen.

And it stops all these brute force attacks on your site – cold.

Hope this helps.

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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