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Ask a Security Professional: Firewall Series – Part Two: Web Application Firewalls

Part Two: Firewalls -> Web Application Firewalls (WAF)

Every website uses web applications, some more intricate than others. More and more website owners are turning to robust web applications like WordPress to build and manage their  websites. In fact, over a quarter of all websites on the internet use WordPress as a platform, and nearly half of the web is estimated to utilize some kind of content management system.

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Ask a Security Professional: ‘Black Box’ vs ‘White Box’ Series — Part One: Black Box Testing

Black Box vs White Box: What’s the difference?

If you’re a developer, you may already be familiar with the concepts of “Black Box” and “White Box” testing as it pertains to the development life cycle of your software. It’s a simple concept, really. In software development, Black Box Testing is the testing of the design and/or structure of a piece of software by a party that is not familiar with the inner-workings of said software. Conversely, White Box Testing in software development means having a party that is typically familiar with the inner-workings of the software and the intended behavior of the software run the same sorts of tests.

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We’re Diving Into WordCamp Orange County

We are stoked to be an Infinity sponsor of this year’s WordCamp Orange County, July 9-10! We’re looking forward to attending new sessions, meeting fellow WordPressers and of course, enjoying the sunshine, ocean and all the OC has to offer. If you’re attending WCOC, be sure to stop by our sponsor table to say hello and pick up fun swag!

Bonus: Check out our very own Evangelist Logan Kipp’s Beginner Workshop “WP Plugins and Security” on Sunday at 10am in the Comet! See you there!

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Ask a Security Professional: Firewall Series – Part One: Network Firewalls

One question that SiteLock encounters quite often is “Why do I need a firewall when my host has one?” If you haven’t spent a good portion of your life researching firewalls, it’s easy to understand why you’d ask. Most website hosting companies utilize what is generally referred to as a Network Firewall, which is fundamentally different from, but equally as important as, a Web Application Firewall (WAF) like SiteLock® TrueShield. As a WordPress website owner, it is imperative to understand the roles that each plays in your website’s security.

In Part One below, we’re covering Network Firewalls.

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Internet bots can be good or bad

Bots – The Good, The Bad and The Even Worse

Bots represent over 60 percent of all website traffic. This means that the majority of your website traffic could be coming from Internet bots, rather than humans. A bot is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Bots can be put into two categories, “good” and “bad.” Good bots visit websites to perform jobs, like search engine crawling, website health monitoring and website vulnerability scanning. Bad bots perform malicious tasks such as, DDoS attacks, website scraping and comment spam.

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The Mountains Are Calling. WordCamp Asheville, We’re On Our Way!

We’re happy to announce our sponsorship of WordCamp Asheville 2016, June 3-5!

Now on their third year, WordCamp Asheville is planning one of their biggest camps yet with over 325 attendees! We can’t wait to take in the breathtaking views, fresh mountain air, quirky Asheville vibe and tons of new WordPress ideas!

Keep an eye out for our very own evangelist, Adam W. Warner. He’ll be the one wearing the “Secure Your Word” t-shirt!

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Reaching New Levels at Prestige Conference 2016

Prestige Conference was held immediately following WordCamp Minneapolis, and just a few blocks away at the University of St. Thomas, allowing many WordPressers, such as myself, to pull a double feature in the friendly city of Minneapolis. If you’re not familiar with Prestige, it’s a premium business and career development conference. While not exclusively a WordPress event, the speakers and attendees were predominantly from the WordPress space, offering their familiar flavor of camaraderie and open-source collaboration.

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website security

Website Security Solutions by SiteLock

You know that awkward moment when you’re screen sharing with your boss and a Viagra ad appears on your screen? It’s difficult to rebound from an embarrassing moment like that, even when you did nothing to prompt it. These “pharma” hacks happen all the time, and it is just one example of what can happen when a site falls victim to cyberattacks. Luckily, the team at SiteLock is here to help you avoid these rather uncomfortable situations.

SiteLock offers comprehensive, cloud-based website security solutions to businesses of all sizes. We protect websites from a multitude of attacks and threats, pharma hacks being just one example. Check out our video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how some of our products work.

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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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