Blocking IP’s From Trying to Log into Your WP Blog

There has been an increase in people attempting to blast into your WordPress site and us bloggers have had to add just one more task to our daily list of things to do; block IP addresses. Previously, I used to block an IP if it were someone I didn’t want accessing my sites due to harassment or for privacy reasons, but now I find myself taking time out of each day to block IP addresses of those from various countries attempting to hack into my blog just for fun. Wishing these people would find a new hobby!

Today I am sharing with you how I utilize a plugin called Wordfence and my HostGator dashboard to ensure each user that attempts a hack is now blocked by IP. Sure this doesn’t stop them forever, as many may be aware, you can change your IP address, but it helps keep my sites a bit safer.

How to Block IP From all Your Sites Using Wordfence and Hostgator

Once you have installed and activated the Wordfence plugin, you will start to received notifications that a user with IP address has been locked out from signing into your account or attempting a password recovery for your site. There is an option to go into the Wordfence plugin to block these IP’s that will come, but I much prefer to place them into my Hostgator dashboard IP Deny Manager because this will block the IP’s from accessing ALL of my sites I have on this hosting account.

How to Block IP From all Your Sites Using Wordfence and Hostgator

Once you log into your Hostgator Cpanel, you will see an area that says IP Deny Manager, click on that and the above screen will show up. Once in this screen, go back to the tab where you have the email open citing the IP address of the user who was been locked from signing into your account. Copy the IP address shared in the email and then come back here to paste the IP Address in the field open for placement of IP. Then click the Add button. Voila! From this point forward, that particular IP address will be banned from seeing/accessing ANY of your websites on this hosting account.

How to Block IP From all Your Sites Using Wordfence and Hostgator

I personally prefer to use the IP Deny Manager in Hostgator Cpanel because it alleviates the IP from having any future access to all of your websites. I have seen success in using IP Deny Manager.

If you or anyone you know would like to have this task handled by a Blogger Assistant, please do contact me directly through my business website. I will happily provide you with a weekly or month quote for me to provide you with this service, thus opening your time up for more important networking/marketing tasks!

 

CLOSED Niagara Non Aerosol Spray Starch Review & Giveaway #win #giveaway #contest

When I first received this Niagara Non Aerosol Spray Starch I had to admit I was bit lost on what starch for clothing even was. Then I spoke with the person sponsoring this giveaway and review when they further explained how I could test out this product to ensure I was able to share my experiences with you all.

Basically this Niagara Starch helps keep your clothes feeling fresh and crisp all day long. How does this work? Well you spray this starch onto your clothes which helps alleviate the cost of dry cleaning. Niagara spray starch helps you look like you dry clean your clothes without the extra cost. I admit I only used this to test it out because I honestly don’t have dry clean type clothing, but I was very impressed with how starch works to keep your clothes pressed looking, what a neat product. Funny I hadn’t ever heard of it before.

This product is perfect for holidays and those special events if you are someone like me who never really dresses up unless the need arises. If you are a person who uses a dry cleaning service I say give this a test drive to save you some money. Laundry products are no where near as expensive as paying for someone else to dry clean your clothing.  Where do you buy your cleaning products for clothing or do you just pay someone else to clean?

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CLOSED Final Touch Fabric Softener Review & Giveaway

I love good soft and smelly laundry I tell you. I have been having some help in keeping my clothes and my children’s clothes nice, soft and good smelling with Final Touch fabric softener. With the dreaded Winter season coming I can really benefit from the spring fresh scent of Final Touch.

My kids have enjoyed their blankets being softer too, which makes bedtime a little easier in this house. My sons love that spring fresh scent so much so that I doubt I will ever stop using Fabric softener. I would highly recommend this brand to anyone who asks and actually have been recommending this to many mom’s I know, including my own Mom.

Buying laundry products online is much easier for me than shopping in the stores too because I have been shopping at a new location for groceries where before I shopped at a super center store that had everything in one place. I much prefer shopping for the extras such as cleaning supplies online so that I don’t have to drag my not so agreeable three year old along to more than one store.

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CLOSED VTech and @Chuggington Team Up for Kids Learning Laptop Review & Giveaway #giveaway #win

My children have fallen in love with the VTech Chuggington Laptop and I bet yours will too! This adorable learning battery operated laptop is something special for sure! My three year and my five year old just adore their VTech Chuggington Laptop so much that it has a home in my van where they share it for any daytime errand running rides or while at soccer events for their sister.

Message from the manufacturer …

Calling all chuggers. Put your wheels to the rails and chug your way through games that teach letters, numbers, words, counting and more on the Chuggington Traintastic Laptop from VTech. Children ages 3 and older will have fun with their favorite characters from Chuggington as they choose from 40 learning activities. Your child can play as one of their favorite trainees in Adventure Mode, where they’ll earn badges for proving their skills. Or if your child wishes, they can also play in Exploration Mode where they can learn about letters and numbers at their own pace. With the Chuggington Traintastic Laptop, your child can be a trainee, too. 40 learning activities that teach letters, alphabetical order, letter case, words, numbers, number order, counting, shapes, memory, matching and more. Choose from 5 modes Letters, Numbers, Logic and Games, Exploration Mode and Adventure. Exploration mode gives kids the freedom to learn as they explore the letters and numbers. Adventure Mode allows kids to play the game as one of their favorite characters. Features the favorite Chuggington characters including the trainees Wilson, Brewster and Koko.

We are a Chuggington family, the boys are just head over heels about Chuggington and this laptop has helped them learn some awesome skills. I love that the boys have a great time playing with this Chuggington laptop yet are learning while using it! This is definitely a win/win for any family with young children!

Enter to win VTech Chuggington Laptop

Entering is pretty easy, as with all of my giveaways you can simply just leave one comment and/or complete all of the optional entry options listed below.

If you won this or win this on another blog – you can’t win here and the sponsor will let me know and have me randomly choose another winner.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on October 5, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winners will be chosen using Random.org & Announced live on Site in addition to having an email sent to them directly.

Winners will have 72 hours to respond to my initial email or else another person will be chosen.

HOW TO ENTER: Complete any or all of the following:

  • Leave one comment on this blog post {1 entry}
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended Blog updates via email or RSS. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments.
  • Join this site with Google Friend Connect (right hand sidebar) publicly. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments stating your GFC username.
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended’s Newsletter. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments.
  • Follow @brandyellen & @Chuggington on Twitter.{ 2 entries} Leave TWO comments below telling me your Twitter username after you follow me.
  • Tweet once daily about this giveaway using the Retweet button at top of this blog post.
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended’s YouTube channel. { 2 entries} Leave TWO comments including your YouTube Username.
  • Leave a comment on a non giveaway blog post here at Happily Blended. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments telling me which blog post you commented on, one comment on one other blog post is acceptable daily.
  • Like Happily Blended and Chuggington on Facebook. { 2 entries – leave two comments with your Facebook username}.

Have fun and Good Luck!

Disclosure: I am a Chuggington Conductor and received this product for free. All opinions based on that of my own experience with the product.

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CLOSED My Pet Firefly Review & Giveaway #win #giveaway @GemmyUSA

My children we so excited when this box arrived and I said “ooo I know what’s in here. It’s our new pet”. Of course the kids are used to my silly antics but this time they were rather curious as to why a new pet was arriving in a cardboard box. I laughed and when I opened it up I had the blue version of this …

My kids were excited about this new “pet”, we had ourselves a new Gemmy Firefly pet. This has been a really neat toy to have around, although it’s not what I consider a toy. Glass jar with kids = no toy, but my kids have actually been really good playing with their pet firefly without a problem, yes even the three year old!

From the folks who brought BIG MOUTH BILLY BASS, FRANKIE THE FISH and BUTTERFLY COLLECTION to a waiting world, here’s the latest innovation from Gemmy that’s sure to light things up — MY PET FIREFLY — a fun-time lightning bug in a jar!

Using patented technology, this comically-styled firefly flits and flies around in realistic action whenever you tap the jar.  True to its name, MY PET FIREFLY also glows to create an eye-catching light effect that’s sure to delight kids and adults alike.

Available in Pink, Blue and Green.  Suggested retail is $14.99, and available at all Cracker Barrel (June) and Kmart (July) stores nationwide.

This really has been a great idea for kids, although I am an adult and love having it in my office.  Since I love this product so much I decided to get permission to giveaway one Gemmy Firefly to one lucky person who wins randomly by entering below!

ENTER TO WIN ONE GEMMY FIREFLY

Entering is pretty easy, as with all of my giveaways you can simply just leave one comment and/or complete all of the optional entry options listed below.

If you won this or win this on another blog – you can’t win here and the sponsor will let me know and have me randomly choose another winner.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on October 4, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winners will be chosen using Random.org & Announced live on Site in addition to having an email sent to them directly.

Winners will have 72 hours to respond to my initial email or else another person will be chosen.

HOW TO ENTER: Complete any or all of the following:

  • Leave one comment on this blog post {1 entry}
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended Blog updates via email or RSS. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments.
  • Join this site with Google Friend Connect (right hand sidebar) publicly. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments stating your GFC username.
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended’s Newsletter. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments.
  • Follow @brandyellen & @GemmyUSA on Twitter.{ 2 entries} Leave TWO comments below telling me your Twitter username after you follow me.
  • Tweet once daily about this giveaway using the Retweet button at top of this blog post.
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended’s YouTube channel. { 2 entries} Leave TWO comments including your YouTube Username.
  • Leave a comment on a non giveaway blog post here at Happily Blended. {2 entries} Leave TWO comments telling me which blog post you commented on, one comment on one other blog post is acceptable daily.
  • Visit Gemmy.com and have a look around. Come back here to this blog post and leave a comment of one thing that you like other than the firefly. {2 entries – leave TWO comments}
  • Like Happily Blended and Gemmy on Facebook. { 2 entries – leave two comments with your Facebook username}.

Have fun and good luck!

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