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Choosing an SSL Certificate for Your Website

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever before to get an SSL certificate for your site. Virtually all managed hosts offer it right from the dashboard, some even providing a free SSL certificate, so check with your host before looking into third-party certificates. If they don’t offer a free one, they may still sell and offer configuration of third party SSL certificates. But as with most other things, the price and complexity of configuration depends on your specific use case. In this article we take a look at the types of SSL certificates that are out there, so you can decide what is right for you.

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Demystifying SSL and HTTPS: Why You Need This Simple Security Feature on Your Site

Recently, ServerPress released a huge update to their DesktopServer local development environment software: Native support for SSL and PHP7. Next week, look for an interview with ServerPress partner Marc Benzakein on these features and the journey of building this highly anticipated release.

Now, let’s take a closer look at SSL and HTTPS to understand why this was such an important feature to support, and why you should have HTTPS enabled on your website no matter your CMS or business case.

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GDPR for WooCommerce Sites

Last week at WordCamp OC, I gave a talk on Security for WooCommerce sites. As ecommerce sites are much more complex and typically handle sensitive data through digital payment transactions, there are a lot more points of potential security breach. The same goes for GDPR compliance: all of these extra information processing steps must be vetted and checked for security, transparency in responsible data handling and opt-ins to collection.
This article will walk you through the extra steps you must take to ensure GDPR compliance for your WooCommerce website.

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WordPress Tools for GDPR Compliance

Earlier this year, a group of WordPress volunteers formed a team to introduce GDPR compliance features into WordPress core. Since then, they have been on a dedicated journey to identify all personal data stored in core, create tools to manage privacy features, and establish a central repository to act as a GDPR resource for WordPress users and developers. In this article I will discuss some of the main features and how you can start using them today on your site.

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The GDPR Law Starts on Friday: Here’s How to Prepare for It

If you live outside the EU, you may not have felt effects of the impending GDPR ruling yet, but you will. The ruling goes into effect on May 25 (this Friday!!) and everyone who has a website that MAY EVER be visited by someone living or residing within the European Union will potentially be affected by this law. It’s important to familiarize yourself with GDPR now if you haven’t already. This post will help you figure out how to address and implement new privacy and security practices in your business or organization.

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Website Security for Clients: Are You Prepared?

This is the fourth and final chapter of our Making Security Make Sense to Clients series. In this post, I’ll be reviewing how to include website security in your freelance projects and the various benefits of doing so. I’ll also highlight some key points and answer the following questions:

  • Why should website security matter to your clients?
  • How does including website security as part of your project costs benefit your freelance business?
  • Why and how do websites get hacked?
  • How can you secure any website in five simple steps?

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It’s World Password Day! 5 Tips for Creating and Managing Secure Passwords

HAPPY WORLD PASSWORD DAY!

Here at SiteLock, we loooove strong passwords! Join in the World Password Day festivities by changing your passwords today! Sound like more pain than fun? Here are 5 tips on creating and managing strong passwords like a pro!

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5 Simple Website Security Best Practices

Welcome to the fourth article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In my previous posts I discussed the importance of securing your own site, your client sites, and how educating your clients about website security can foster trust and growth in your freelance or agency business.

After you’ve communicated the Why, Who, How and When of website hacks, it’s time to either start building security into your project proposals and costs or to continue educating your clients. Or both really 🙂 

In this post, I’m going to share five website security best practices that are easy to implement. Whether you include these steps as part of your service, or your website security education plan, your clients will benefit. What’s even better, they’re easy to implement! So let’s get to it, shall we?

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The Benefits of Educating Clients About Security

Welcome to the third article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In my first post I discussed the importance of security for your business and your own websites and in my second post, I showed you the benefits of securing your client sites, before handing them over.

In this post, I’m going to share why security education is important and how to educate your clients about security in terms they’ll easily understand as it applies to their businesses.

Educating your clients (and potential clients) about website security isn’t just the right thing for your business, it’s the right thing to do period. Let’s talk about why that is, who’s ultimately responsible for website security, and how a dedicated focus on security can help set you apart from the crowd while increasing your value and revenue.

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Back That Word Up! Creating a Backup Plan for Your WordPress Website

In our series on managing WordPress updates, we’ve discussed how crappy it is when your website breaks, and examined lots of solutions to avoid it ever happening. One of the things we strongly recommend is having a good backup process in place.

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