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WordCamp Chicago 2018 – A Windy and Wonderful Event

Heather Acton, Lead Organizer, kicking off the weekend’s event.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of speaking at WordCamp Chicago. Like last year, this event this was well-organized and attended by avid WordPressers from around the greater Chicago area.

#WCCHI was held at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, which proved to be a perfect location with ample room for the 400+ attendee list. They also provided an advanced AV system allowing the ability for presentation videos to be edited easily before there placement on WordPress.tv.

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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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Decoding Security 118: No Small Thing

Decoding Security is celebrating National Small Business week by sharing simple recommendations that small businesses can use to protect themselves from today’s ever evolving cyberthreats. But first, we take a look at what’s trending in the news. Two additional security updates were released by the Drupal security team last month as part of continuing maintenance efforts after the discovery of the initial Drupalgeddon2 vulnerability in March. Drupal is urging its users to implement these updates immediately to avoid possible compromise. Meanwhile, the RSA Security Conference took place in San Francisco last month, drawing thousands of attendees from across the globe. However, the third-party mobile app built for the mega IT security conference was found to have a vulnerability, which could have potentially leaked the first and last names of attendees.

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Malware

More Drupal Patches Released in the Wake of Drupalgeddon2

Drupal has released two additional security updates in the wake of the Drupalgeddon2 critical vulnerability patched on March 28. These updates continue to address vulnerabilities related to the remote code execution vulnerability found in March in both Drupal 7.x and 8.x applications.

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DrupalCon 2018: Drupal Takes Over Music City

This year’s DrupalCon took place in Nashville, TN, over the entire week of April 9-13, and I had the privilege of attending for the first time in 6 years. It was held at the very same venue as WordCamp US, Music City Center, with almost 3,000 people filling the halls and auditoriums to connect and learn more about Drupal.

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Experiencing Creative Diversity at WordCamp Atlanta

This weekend I had the pleasure of representing SiteLock in our sponsor booth at WordCamp Atlanta, and it was an astounding experience. I find myself amazed at the wonderful and diverse crowd that every WordCamp draws. From speakers sharing their tips for success, to all of the individual attendees with their own stories to tell, the WordPress community at large is an endless fountain of inspiration, knowledge, and collaboration.

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WordCamp San Diego 2018: 2 Days of Sunshine & Community

This past weekend we were back in San Diego as Gold Sponsors at WordCamp San Diego. I had a blast at our sponsor booth, as well as attending and speaking at my first #WCSD.

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Malware

Drupal Releases PSA About Critical Vulnerability

In March, Drupal released version 8.5.1 addressing several critical security vulnerabilities. At that time, there was no evidence of the vulnerability being exploited to attack Drupal sites However, on April 12, 2018, a security research firm released a detailed analysis of the vulnerability and steps to exploit it.  In the days since this release, multiple exploits of the Drupalgeddon2 vulnerability have been reported.

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Decoding Security 117: Security on the Go

Continuing to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, testified before U.S. Congress admitting he never audited Cambridge Analytica to ensure the Facebook user data collected had been deleted. Also in the news this week, Panera Bread experienced a data breach that exposed millions of customers’ personal data for as long as eight months. Despite being warned by multiple security researchers, Panera did not disclose or address the leak until last week.

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SNAP Conference – Rising Up Together

This weekend SiteLock sponsored SNAP, a conference focused on the business of blogging for DIY creatives including modern handmade items, contemporary crafts, home-based events, and dozens of other creative entrepreneurs.

I was honored to present a roundtable session titled “Cybersecurity: Protecting You and Your Blog” about personal and website security, where I shared a checklist of tips about how to keep your personal information private, how to prevent your business blog from being hacked, and what to do if the worst happens.

SNAP isn’t your typical WordPress conference, although the majority of attendees are utilizing that platform. Every session was focused on teaching attendees how to utilize their blogs and social channels to generate a full-time income from their amazing craft-related content and tutorials.

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