Google policies dictate prevention of click fraud falls on the shoulders of the site owner and bans AdSense accounts for invalid clicks with practically no chance of getting that account back in good standing. Here’s how to detect and prevent invalid clicks on your sites AdSense advertisements.
An intrusion detection system (IDS) can perform log analysis, check file integrity, monitor policy changes, and keep an eye out for rootkit installations and alert you when a threat is first suspected. The IDS that I chose for my host was OSSES HIDS, an open source host-based Intrusion Detection System offered by Trend Micro. Here’s how I installed OSSEC on my hosted Linux VPS and Splunk on a local Windows machine to monitor.
My firewall caught some odd injection attempts which lead to research on the intent of the hackers. Turns out it was an attempt to gain Shell access via Local File Inclusion vulnerabilities and injection of malicious code in proc/self/environ. Research lead to the following step-by-step instructions on what was being attempted (listed below).
.htaccess files (or “distributed configuration files”) provide a way to make configuration changes on your Wordpress site on a per-directory basis. A .htaccess file, containing one or more configuration directives, is placed in a particular document directory on your Wordpress site, and the directives apply to that directory, and all subdirectories thereof. Using directives in .htaccess, you can block spam, secure your website, and control other website actions.
Wordpress out of the box is fairly secure but there are still some pretty big holes. In addition, hosting environments and installation requirements often introduce gaping security holes in the Wordpress framework. Below are a few best practices to help secure your Wordpress framework.
Connecting via SSH, requires a user provide his identity to the remote machine using one of several methods. One method lets you access the remote system without entering a password at each login. Normally, when you log in to a system, you authenticate by entering your password for that system. Your password goes, as it is typed, to the remote system, which authenticates it against the /etc/passwd or /etc/shadow file. By contrast, SSH allow a “password-less” authentication method based on public-key cryptography.