Having trouble posting comments to this blog?

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I’ve got access to this blog locked up a bit better now, but with some side effects…

You may recall, a few weeks ago this blog got hacked by a spammer who apparently gained access to my blog by stealing my password when I logged in via a public wifi connection.

Since then, I’ve implemented some security measures for when I’m logging in away from my home network. Actually, I didn’t do the real security work — Tom Vilot and Justin Crawford were gracious and skilled enough to help me out. (Thanks, guys!)

One thing that’s helped is that Tom installed a WordPress plugin to provide me with secure (SSH) login access to this blog when I’m away from home. This should prevent anyone from stealing my blog password over open wifi. It works very well in that regard.

However, when I have this plugin activated, there are side effects. For instance, I lose the visual editor (minor inconvenience) and post preview (more significant inconvenience). But most notably, this plugin prevents some people — although not all — from leaving comments on this blog. We haven’t diagnosed and fixed that problem yet.

In the meantime: If you get an error when you try to leave a comment on Contentious, please e-mail me with your comment, Contentious post title or URL, and your URL (if any) and I’ll post it on your behalf. Apologies for the inconvenience.

I’ll be activating the security plugin anytime I’m blogging away from home, especially when I’m away on business trips. But most of the time I’ll leave if deactivated.

Have you experienced similar problems with secure access for WordPress? If so, were you able to solve them, and how? Please comment below (if you can, heh heh heh…).

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