Anti-Hacker Security for WordPress 2016
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Anti-Hacker Security for WordPress 2016

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to WordPress Security (includes Lifetime Updates!)
4.7 (43 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Watch how I stopped a live hacker attack on my website
  • Secure your WordPress website from any kind of Hacker Attack
  • Know the most common WordPress vulnerabilities
  • Install a combination of FREE tools to plug all security holes
  • Backup and restore your website from a remote destination
  • Use Military Grade 2-way authentitation to log in to your website
  • Identify and stop a hacker attack immediately
  • Protect your SEO & organic Google Search results from SPAMBOT penalties
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  • This is a basic step by step video tutorial. Just click your way through and you are fine!
  • NO programming skills or security knowledge necessary!
  • We will one-click install a combination of FREE plugins directly from your WordPress backend
  • A basic installation of WordPress is required.

Learn how to make your WordPress website Hacker Proof in just 2 HOURS! WordPress is powering more than 25% of the internet. It is the most widely used Content Management System on the planet and that makes it a popular target for hackers. Every single day tens of thousands of WordPress websites are being attacked at random.

Are you one of the 1.5 million people running your blog with WordPress? Maybe even in combination with your WooCommerce store?

Then this course is made for you. No matter if you are a blogger, a marketer, or a freelancer. And this course is especially made for you, if you are running a web development agency with paying customers. 

And don´t worry! You don´t need to be an expert coder to set up your own WordPress security. This course is a simple step by step video tutorial. It´s kind of like a clickthrough adventure, really. Just sit back and relax, watch the videos and follow the instructions. That´s it. Easy like that! But the best thing is that you can. set it and forget it. No need to monitor any security reporting all the time. The system is fully automatic and will send you email alerts whenever something needs your attention.   

Well, it's actually quite scary when I think about whatever a hacker could possibly do once they get access to your administration backend. Hackers could hijack your website to redirect your site traffic to other domains, delete files from your database, take over complete control of your administration backend or even damage your whole server structure with injected malware. One especially nasty kind of hacker attack will even turn your server into a remote controlled Zombie that might be used for sending tons of SPAM emails or even attacking other computers. While you might not even notice that process, it would cripple your organic Google Search rankings for sure.

What most people don´t know is that your hosting provider only scans for virus and malware infections, but by then it is much too late because the attack has already been successful. That also means they cannot even realize when your site has been hijacked. That is why you need to understand that the protection of your WordPress blog really is in your own hands!

Now, if you think a hacker attack will never happen to you because your website is too unimportant for a hacker to target. Then think again! Because hackers are using special algorithms to target domain names that have just been registered or websites with little to no traffic that are less likely to be heavily protected. The bad news is that most hacker attacks are completely automated and random, which means not a single website is safe anymore. On the other hand, the good news is that these attacks are very predictable, which means they can be easily detected and stopped by the system that we are about to set up on your WordPress website together in about the next 2 hours.  

As we are going to use a combination of free plugins, we can make sure that the bundled free functionality is providing all the necessary features, just like any other expensive premium software. Follow along what I do step by step and you will never have to worry about your WordPress website security again! Just set it and forget it. 

Now, if you are still watching this video, then you seem to be serious about your WordPress security and that is why I have a small gift for you: You might have noticed that the first 3 lessons of this Anti-Hacker Security video course are completely for free. I invite you to go on and watch them now to get some more information and to see how the course it going to be structured. 

And as soon as you are ready to make your WordPress Website bulletproof against any kind of hacker attacks, make sure you hit that button below and TAKE THIS COURSE NOW! 

About the Course Instructor:
Hi, my name is Thorsten "The Hun" Hunsicker. I run a small marketing agency called Startup School that specializes in Growth Hacking and eLearning for Startups. I own a college degree in Design and have been working in eCommerce and retail sales for the last 20 years. When I started my first online shop back in 2003 there have been no ready-made cart systems on the market yet, so we had to develop our very own custom-made solution from scratch. It was pretty basic, but it did the job. Actually, we were doing so good, that we made 80.000 Euros in our first month without any money or even a single stocked product. But that is a story for another day. What is more important is that this adventure sparked my interest in the whole eCommerce and Online Marketing industry, and I have been an active part of this exciting community ever since.

In the end, it doesn´t matter what a hacker will do to your website; I can assure you it will not be something pleasant. How do I know? Well, now I have a CONFESSION to make! I have not always been this protective about my website security and the worst kind of scenario actually happened to myself a few years ago. I was paying for a managed VPS server with a well-known German hosting company. I had 16 websites running in development mode as a staging area before their live launch on my customers hosting accounts and some of them were smaller sites of my own in production mode.

I was just running a promotion for my brand new online marketplace against an older and well established but technologically very outdated competitor. Basically, his site was a mess (AND STILL IS TODAY BY THE WAY!), but there was little to no other competition in that niche, so he reigned supreme. I was onboarding raving fans in the first few weeks because of the fresh design and easy usability, even though I had the typical chicken and the egg problem of having no content to sell to customers. But that was O.K. because I was converting about 70% of all people I was reaching out to, almost immediately. The problem was that I must have poked someone quite a bit when I suddenly realized that something funky was going on on my website. I was getting error messages and database connection problems even though all of my plugins were up to date and the whole configuration was running very smooth for the last few days.


So it was clear that I had a problem with my server, and as I wanted to fix this as fast as possible, I contacted my hosting company and told them to help me out solve this issue. What happened next was a fist punch to the gut: The immediately blocked access to my whole server! NO warnings, NO efforts to help solve the problem, but they kicked me out of my own account!


Then I received an email with the info that one of my websites (the new online marketplace) was infected by a malicious malware and that I needed to clean the site before I could get access to the server again. Attached was a list of the infected files. When I opened that list, it contained each any every file of the whole WordPress install on that server. What? Do you see the problem here? I did not have access to that server anymore, but should clean it of malware which was basically infecting the whole website!? And I had to tell the hosting company there was something wrong in the first place! Are you serious? Well, now you might wonder if that is not the job of the hosting company - checking for and removing threats in real time as they occur? And what about recovering the original malware free website from a backup? Well, they told me that this problem seems to have been going on for some time and that a backup would most probably be infected as well! What the F###?!?!?

In the end, I lost ALL 16 websites because I was not able to recover any data from the suspended account and as I had chosen to keep the backups at my hosting company they were NOT willing to set up anything that might be infected. Instead, they deleted the whole account when I canceled my subscription package. But of course, they still charged me to the end of the regular contract!

O.K. in hindsight now I know there were some things that could have done to resolve the situation, but back then I was so perplexed that I made every wrong decision I could imagine!

Now, I hope that you will never live through such a horror story! And that is why I created this AntiHacker Security course for WordPress and WooCommerce. I did learn from my mistakes and so can you! Protect yourself against hacker attacks by installing the right combination of free security tools. This is a set it and forget it kind of thing, so there is no excuse for you anymore if your website has been hacked!   

Do you really think that your hosting company is protecting you? Well then think again, because they do nothing to protect your WordPress installation itself from hacker attacks! They might not even notice your server is hijacked until it is too late! Wouldn´t it be much better to prevent any hacker attack right from the start?

In this step by step video tutorial course, I will show you the most efficient Anti-Hacker security setup to make your WordPress blog bulletproof against hacker attacks in just about one hour! And I will walk you through the most common vulnerabilities against which you need to secure your WordPress blog. What I will show you is a proven and time-tested method that I am personally using on my very own WordPress installs, as well as ALL of my customer's websites. In fact, it is the VERY FIRST THING I do on a fresh WordPress install.

You wonder why you should install security when your website is still offline and under development? Because as soon as you register a new domain name, like mywebsite com the registration details are openly available on the internet for everyone to see. Have you ever wondered why you are getting emails from any number of developers as soon as you register a domain? Very same thing! That means that a hacker will know that your website is brand new and most likely an easy target for his attack.

Don´t believe me? No problem! I will show you proof that websites are indeed under attack as soon as you install Wordpress. The funny thing is that while I was recording this tutorial, one of my demo websites was under a brute force attack. Of course, I recorded the whole thing, so now I can even show you exactly how you set up email alerts and then stop any hacker attack at once. All by yourself and with just a few clicks. And should it come to the worst case scenario and a hacker messes around with your website, I will also show you how to backup your website on a daily basis and restore the last clean version with just a simple push of a button. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Basically everyone using WordPress to power your website
  • For anyone using WordPress commercially this is a MUST-HAVE!
  • When you are NOT using WordPress, this is NOT for you!
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Introduction to WordPress Vulnerabilities
4 Lectures 12:59

Introduction to your teacher and a real life story how I lost my whole server

Preview 06:05

Using free online tools to scan your WordPress website for vulnerabilities

Preview 03:35

A graphic that shows the most common ways where hackers have attacked a website

Preview 01:44

A basic WordPress install comes with many vulnerable default settings. The biggest problem is the login page itself. 

Problems with the default Wordpress Login Screen
WordPress Security Basics
5 Lectures 14:38

Preinstalled plugins are open to vulnerabilities because every hacker knows they are most likely not removed

Deinstall vulnerable default Plugins

Old plugins can leave open vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit 

Updates, Updates, Updates!

Installing a maintenance mode plugin is mandatory when you are developing your website

Installing the Maintenance Plugin

Changing the default WordPress admin is one of the most important aspects of your security setup

Pro Trick: How to change the default WordPress Admin User

Many bloggers and especially agencies run many WordPress installs in parallel. I will show you how you keep them updated without having to log into each and every single website. 

Pro Trick: Manage Multiple WordPress Sites like a Pro!
Security Monitoring for your Admin Dashboard
5 Lectures 31:00

Installing the basic Security Plugin with a reporting tool for your admin dashboard.  

Basic Security Installation

I will show you how to block the IP address of every attacker automatically.

Overview of the IP Blocking Feature

You can use the Google Analytics Dashboard to identify bad referrers and block them with your security settings.

Pro Trick: How to use Google Analytics for Advanced IP Blocking

Run automatic scans of your whole installation and server files outside of WordPress.

How to scan your WordPress site for malware and viruses

As we are using the free versions of the plugins, I will run you through the Premium Features of the plugin as well.

Overview of the Paid Premium Options
Advanced Section: How to hide your WordPress installation from Hackers and Bots
4 Lectures 21:12

Basic installation of the second security plugin.

Cloaking the default WordPress Installation

You can hide your WordPress Login page as well as other vulnerable default settings. 

Pro Trick: Hiding your WordPress Login Page

Renaming the default database prefix wp_ is also a highly recommended measurement. But please do not mess around with your database or phpMyAdmin all by yourself.

Pro Trick: Renaming your Database Prefix

I will show you how to set up Military Grade two-way authentication with your smartphone. The same technology is being used by banks, the military as well as governments all over the world. And it looks like magic too :)

Pro Trick: Use your smartphone to magically login to your WordPress backend
Backup and Restore your WordPress website
2 Lectures 13:39

If you are running your site in a WordPress Multisite install, I recommend using this free backup plugin. It has no one-click restore feature, though. 

Setting up Automatic Backups (For WP Multisite)

When you are using this plugin, you can backup your website to a remote Dropbox account and restore the site with just a single click of a button. 

Or use another Backup Plugin to restore your site with just one click
Live Hack: See WordPress Under Attack!
2 Lectures 08:41

I will show you the email alerts that I received when I was under attack. 

Live Hack: What you need to do when your website is under attack

I will show you what I did to stop the attack immediately.

Live Hack: How do you realize that your website is under attack?
Bonus Section
2 Lectures 08:48

I was able to create a landing page with 0.8 seconds loading time, using this tool.

Pro Trick: Make your WordPress Site up to 50x FASTER!

Spam free comments without having to use Akismet. A social login feature comes as a nice bonus on top.    

Pro Trick: Use a SPAM-free Comments Plugin with Social Login Features
WordPress Security Quiz
0 Lectures 00:00
WordPress Security Quiz
10 questions
About the Instructor
Thorsten Hunsicker
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Hi, my name is Thorsten "The Hun" Hunsicker from Germany. I am the Founder, Teacher, and Growth Hacker at Startup-School - a curated newsletter and eLearning platform dedicated to what Startups really need to know about eCommerce, Growth Hacking & Product Market Fit. Subscribe to the newsletter to get Best Practice Advise & How To´s.      

90% of all Startups FAIL! That´s why I have dedicated all my professional life to helping build and grow Startup Business Models that earn money from day one. If you always wanted to learn anything about Growth Hacking and Product Market Fit, or if you need an expert in anything eCommerce or WordPress - you are in the right place ;)

As Online Marketing Manager part of my daily job is to redesign and optimize the conversion of WordPress websites and WooCommerce shopping cart systems. The other part is doing market research and analytics to write marketing plans and develop and highly targeted and automated lead generation campaigns for our customers.

Originally I have a college degree in fashion design and started developing my first own eCommerce shop back in 2004 when there have been no ready made shopping cart systems at all! For the last 15+ years, I have worked the retail and eCommerce industry from every angle! As a freelance designer, multilabel distributor, multichannel eCommerce manager, retail store manager and area manager for my own companies, as well as some of the world´s biggest brands like Nokia, Philips, Sony, Bestseller, Lacoste, and Zalando.

As a serial entrepreneur, I started many companies and projects. Some did well; some have been sold, others failed miserably. I learned a ton and live what I teach. You can either go the hard way and throw time and money at it or just ask me anything that you need to know about kickstarting your own business in the course discussions.

I plan to create as many courses in 2016 as my timetable will allow. Topics will be WordPress, eCommerce, Online Marketing, Traffic and Lead Generation as well as anything about Startups.

Follow Startup-School on Twitter (@RokJokLabs) and stay tuned for the most AWESOME best practice industry advice!