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WordCamp Seattle 2017 – The Emerald City Event

This past weekend SiteLock attended WordCamp Seattle as a Gold sponsor. It was a heavily attended event with almost five hundred WordPress designers, developers, and content creators who filled the Washington State Convention Center’s Tahoma space on the third floor.

Our experience as a sponsor was excellent! Organizers did a fantastic job placing all the sponsor tables in the same room as registration and refreshments and we had ample room to interact with attendees and learn more about their businesses and the security needs of their clients.

In addition to chatting with attendees, we really love the content that WordCamps offer and the schedule in Seattle provided some unique talks. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Decoding Security 105: You’re Not Too Small To Be Hacked

Can your small business afford being hacked? According to CNBC, 50 percent of all small businesses have experienced a breach – and 60 percent of victims are out of business within six months due to the hefty cost of recovery. What makes small businesses such an easy target, and what can business owners do to keep their digital doors open? Find out in the latest episode of Decoding Security, as  Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra discuss small business cybersecurity, recent security news, and more.

You can learn more about cybersecurity in our previous episode, Endpoint Security. Check out past episodes of Decoding Security and subscribe for more on YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play!

WordCamp Phoenix 2017 – Feeling Right at Home

WordCamp Phoenix has a reputation for being a great event. And lucky for SiteLock, it was close to our headquarters in Scottsdale, allowing more of the SiteLock team to attend than usual, many of them first-time WordCampers!

As someone who works remotely and travels often, this event was especially fruitful for me because it meant I could spend some quality time with our entire team, many of whom I’ve never met in person due to our rapid growth.

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Heads Up: WordPress 4.8.3 Security Release

WordPress released version 4.8.3 today, which includes a critical security patch. WordPress is advising that all versions 4.8.2 and earlier are vulnerable to SQL injection attack, and that all sites using WordPress should be updated immediately.  The vulnerability in question is related to the $wpdb object where $wpdb->prepare() can create queries that allow attackers to inject malicious code into the MySQL database that powers the site. WordPress is reporting that the vulnerability does not impact core application files, but may impact plugins and themes that use WPDB. The security team has added hardening to prevent these add-ons from inadvertently creating the vulnerability.

We are recommending that all WordPress sites be updated immediately. If you have enabled automatic updates, these should complete within the next 24 hours. Additionally, all plugins and themes associated with your WordPress sites should be updated to their latest vendor provided versions. This will help to ensure your site is not compromised.
It is also recommended that you utilize a malware and vulnerability scanner, such as those provided with SiteLock INFINITY to prevent infections on your site.

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Decoding Security Episode 104: Endpoint Security

In this week’s episode, we’re celebrating Halloween and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a scary question: what happens when cybercriminals attack the technology we rely on? Recent cyberattacks have targeted power grids and  Wi-Fi networks, but everyone, from organizations to individuals, can fight back with a complete cybersecurity suite that includes both website and endpoint security.

In our latest Decoding Security podcast, Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra share how to complete your security portfolio by protecting your business’s physical workstations and website applications with both endpoint and website security solutions. They also discuss recent Bad Rabbit infections and last week’s WordCamp Phoenix event. 

Missed our last episode: Securing Your Website? Don’t worry, you can now subscribe to Decoding Security on YouTube, as well as  your preferred podcasting service, including iTunes and Google Play!

And if you’re looking to complete your own cybersecurity suite, check out SiteLock INFINITY for a complete website scanning package!

SiteLock Digital Kids Fund Campaign 2017

‘Tis the season to give back, and at SiteLock we are extremely passionate about giving back to the communities where we live and work. We are especially dedicated to supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs for schools in need, and helping to inspire the next generation of technology innovators and pioneers!

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in the last decade employment in STEM jobs has grown 24.4%, making it vital that children in school today have access to the necessary tools to keep up with and continue growth in this field.  However, most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools than before the Great Recession. In an effort to bring continued awareness to this ongoing issue, SiteLock established a Digital Kids Fund in 2015 to help fund technology-based projects at local schools in Arizona. For every SiteLock product purchased by WordPress customers, SiteLock donates $1 to the fund.

In 2016, SiteLock partnered with DonorsChoose.org, an organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, to fund STEM-related projects in schools in the Phoenix, Arizona and Jacksonville, Florida areas. Through their donation, SiteLock was able to support 198 projects benefitting 19,992 students at 141 schools.

This year, SiteLock has once again joined forces with DonorsChoose.org to fund STEM projects for schools in the Phoenix and Jacksonville areas. To help drive additional advocacy and internal support, SiteLock is allocating additional funds to employees so they can individually choose a STEM-related project to fund.

At SiteLock we are reminded every day of the importance technology plays in our lives and work. Unfortunately, kids go to school every day without the necessary tools to be successful. Through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org and the Digital Kids Fund, we are excited to play our part in helping inspire the next generation of technology experts in our local communities.

As we enter the season of giving, here are some ways you can help too!

  • Share this post
  • Donate to one of the SiteLock match donation programs
  • Donate to projects of your choice at DonorsChoose.org

 

 

 

$1 of the purchase price from the sale of every SiteLock product purchased by WordPress customers from 10/1/17-10/1/18 will be donated to the fund* to support classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org.
*Up to $50,000 annually. This contribution is not tax deductible by purchasers and sales must be made through SiteLock.com or a SiteLock representative.
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What is Cybersecurity?

As high-profile data breaches, such as Equifax, continue to dominate headlines,  the topic of cybersecurity–or lack thereof–has commanded greater attention. The word ‘cybersecurity’ has become the media’s latest buzzword…and for good reason. New research reveals that websites experience 63 attacks per day, per website on average–this is an upsurge from the reported 22 attacks per day in 2016.

It has become clear that regardless of a company’s size or industry, data breaches are inevitable. That said, it’s important to fully understand what cybersecurity is, as well as the different types of cybersecurity, so you can protect your business, personal information, and stay informed with what’s happening in the industry.

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Decoding Security Episode 103: Internet of Things

Internet-connected devices can make our lives easier, from home assistants like Amazon Echo, to interactive toys like CloudPets. However, they’re also inherently insecure and easily hacked, a factor many overlook in favor of convenience.  In our latest Decoding Security podcast, Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra discuss the risks of using internet-connected  devices in our everyday lives, and the costs of security versus convenience.

Missed our last episode: Securing Your Website? Don’t worry, you can now subscribe to Decoding Security on YouTube, as well as  your preferred podcasting service, including iTunes and Google Play!

A Short History of the WordPress Plugin

WordPress plugins allow users to completely customize their website features and experience for visitors, and  also serve as a mainstay of the WordPress experience. It’s safe to say that without them, WordPress wouldn’t have grown to power over 28% of the internet. But did you know that WordPress used to exist without plugins? In this post, I’ll give you a short history of when and why plugins came to be and what the future holds for WordPress because of them.

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SiteLock Website Security Insider

Introducing the SiteLock Website Security Insider

SiteLock is excited to announce the publication of its first quarterly website security report, The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q2 2017!

The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q2 2017 includes analysis and trends based on proprietary data from over 6 million websites. The report delivers exclusive insight into the most common threats website owners faced in Q2 2017, including:

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