Happy holidays to all!
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It can come as quite a surprise when a site owner is notified that their site has been compromised with malware. After the shock wears off, and the immediate impact understood, it’s important to take stock of what has actually happened behind the scenes and then clean it up. The best advice anyone can give you is to make frequent, downloaded backups of your site in the event something happens to the live version so that the clean backup can replace the live, hacked version.
But what if there is no clean, viable backup available? In a world where websites have hundreds, if not thousands of files, how can any one person go about cleaning out an infection in just a small number of those files?
It was one year ago when we sponsored and attended our first WordCamp ever, the inaugural WordCamp U.S. Since then, we’ve sponsored camps throughout the world and SiteLock evangelists Logan Kipp and Adam Warner have racked up a lot of frequent flier miles attending over 40 camps. After the great time we had at the first #WCUS, we knew we would return, and return we did.
We were fortunate to be selected as a Commonwealth sponsor this year and with that, eight of us boarded planes from around the country and headed for Philadelphia. We were expecting big things, but we were not prepared for just how great it ended up being. Hundreds of t-shirts, Wapuu stickers and pins, and countless “We’ve Got Your Back” massages later, the interesting people we met and new friends we made at WordCamp US 2016 all made for an absolutely amazing time.
Some of the most significant reasons that WordPress has seen such widespread adoption is because it’s free, because of its modularity where features could be simply plugged-into the website with a few clicks, and because of its ease-of-use in that non-developers can easily develop websites. On the other hand, free software means you’re going to be performing a lot of your own support. Modular features mean you’re potentially introducing code that may not have been properly audited. And eliminating the developer means you’re now the one responsible for the integrity of the project. That means you’re supplementing the role of the developer to the best of your abilities and if you want your website to remain a safe place you need to become familiar with how a Secure Development Life Cycle (SDLC) works, in what I’ve termed the Secure Website Life Cycle (SWLC) for WordPress Administrators.
This weekend I skipped on up to one of our Four Corners partners, Colorado, to attend WordCamp Denver. This year’s two-day #WCDenver took place at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in downtown Denver with two tracks, the Ballroom and the Events Lab. The venue’s proximity to the heart of downtown Denver made the walk an easy one to local cultural landmarks.
ACEC-website.org is the official website of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC)™. CB Bowman, a Certified Master Coach, created the ACEC website in 2012 and runs additional websites with a focus on executive coaching. In 2015, she created the MEECO Designation™—Measuring Excellence in the use of Executive Coaching in Organizations, which is now widely adopted. The designation is offered through the MEECO Institute™ and distinguishes organizations that have achieved excellence through weaving executive coaching into the fabric of their culture. Bowman is passionate about the work she does and the importance of executive coaching, that passion is evident at ACEC-website.org.
“ACEC was created to help the business community identify mastery level corporate executive coaches who had a complete understanding and experience in both business and executive coaching,” said Bowman. ACEC-website.org includes information for executive coaches worldwide, members, organizations searching for mastery level executive coaches and contact information for both Bowman and her executive committee. Bowman notes, “This makes the website a critical part of our existence.”
It’s Halloween and zombies are afoot. They’re not coming through the windows or wading through the streets, though. The massive zombie horde approaches through the spider-filled web that has been spun to cover the entire world … the worldwide web, that is. However, it isn’t an undead army we have to worry about, although one could not say what is yet to come this All Hallows’ Eve, it’s botnets of zombie machines that have taken aim to disrupt services.