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WordCamp Minneapolis 2016 – Intention is Key

This past weekend I attended WordCamp Minneapolis at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in downtown Minneapolis. WCMPLS was one of the larger camps I’ve attended this year, and provided some of the best talks and landscape.

Humphrey School Photo

Foundation Friday

WCMPLS participated in the growing trend of hosting a Foundation Friday. “Unlike the normal conference tracks, these are full-day hands-on learning sessions. If you’re new to WordPress, you can get up to speed before WordCamp. If you’re a graphic designer or programmer who wants to work with WordPress, you can acquire a solid foundation to get started.”

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content delivery network

What is a CDN?

If your website doesn’t load within 400 milliseconds – literally the blink of an eye – your visitors might leave. Take it from Amazon. In 2006 the online retailer analyzed its ratio of sales to its web performance and found that for every 100 millisecond delay in page load time, there was a 1% decrease in conversions.

Studies show that nearly 50% of consumers expect a web page to load in two seconds or less. Not only that, but 40% of people will abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. So how can you increase your website’s speed? We suggest using a content delivery network (CDN).

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Thank You, WordCamp St. Louis 2016

This year’s WordCamp St. Louis took place on the campus of Washington University. There, inside the Lab Sciences Building Castle at Washington University, the latest scientific developments from the WordPress community were discussed.

Lab Sciences Building
Lab Sciences Building

Sessions
The talks at #WCSTL were facilitated through use of three classrooms and a large auditorium. I was fortunate to attend several of my favorite speakers’ talks. Among them were these gems:

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Healthcare data breaches

Healthcare Data Breaches – A Growing Epidemic [Infographic]

More than 90% of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach over the past two years. This could be because health information is 50 times more valuable on the black-market than financial information. Let’s find out why…

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Website applications are everywhere and accessible to cybercriminals

The Importance of Securing Your Web Applications

Over one billion websites exist today. With an excess of websites to choose from, we hear many people ask, why did my site get hacked? How did it get hacked? What damage has been done? While there are various reasons and ways a cybercriminal could have hacked your site, there is a very good chance (80% to be exact) they were after your web applications. Web applications account for 80% of website vulnerabilities, making them a very attractive target to cybercriminals.

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phishing attack

Be Cautious of Phishing Emails From “Your Boss”

Have you ever signed into your email only to find a flood of unread emails? Silly question, of course you have. Some of those emails probably get deleted immediately, while others might sit idle in your inbox for weeks. Then there are those emails from your mom, your bank or your boss that require a prompt response… especially the ones from your boss (sorry mom). Have you ever had the feeling that maybe the email labeled as from your boss actually isn’t from your boss at all? This may seem a little far-fetched, but it does happen, and it happens quite often.

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WordCamp San Diego 2016 – Round-Up

The first round of @WordCampSD tickets sold out within hours of being announced and stunned us all. The second and final round sold out March 1, a mere week after opening sales. Unfortunately, it was also twenty-four days before I officially stepped into my new role as Product Evangelist at SiteLock. It was looking like I missed the boat. In this case, the boat would, of course, be the USS Midway; the majestic World War II era aircraft carrier-turned-museum permanently moored across the San Diego Bay from San Diego International Airport … and WordCamp San Diego.

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Data Breaches

Data Breaches Hitting the California Coast [Infographic]

California is known for Hollywood, sunny weather, its beaches, and now, data breaches. The Golden State is the most populous state in America, making it an appealing target to cybercriminals. This information was gathered from the February 2016 California Data Breach Report by the Attorney General of the California Department of Justice.

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Google blacklist

Google Should Not Be Your Alarm System: Preventing Blacklisted Websites

According to a recent report from Google, nearly all website owners rely solely on Google’s Safe Browsing program to alert them when their site has been hacked. The report concludes that only 6% of webmasters discovered an infection via proactive monitoring for suspicious activity. That’s alarming. 

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Turkey Data Breach

A Data Breach in Turkey Exposes over Half of its Citizens

It is hard to image that over half of a country’s population could fall victim to a data breach, but the reality is, no one is exempt from cyberattacks.

The country of Turkey was hit with a massive data breach in early April 2016, exposing 50 million of its citizens. With 80 million people living in Turkey, the leak impacts more than half the country’s population. The leaked data included the names, addresses, birth dates, and national identification numbers of the victims. The cybercriminal has not yet been identified, but it appears the hacker was motivated by political issues and used the data breach as a way to declare his dissatisfaction with certain political figures.

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