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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!

@WordCampAVL
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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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Thank You, WordCamp St. Louis 2016

This year’s WordCamp St. Louis took place on the campus of Washington University. There, inside the Lab Sciences Building Castle at Washington University, the latest scientific developments from the WordPress community were discussed.

Lab Sciences Building
Lab Sciences Building

Sessions
The talks at #WCSTL were facilitated through use of three classrooms and a large auditorium. I was fortunate to attend several of my favorite speakers’ talks. Among them were these gems:

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Portland Maine 2016 – A Wicked Good WordCamp

We had the pleasure of attending WordCamp Maine this past weekend. It was held at the Maine College of Art; not only a beautiful venue, but one that inspired the same creativity and community that WordCamps are known for.

WordCamp Maine Location - Maine College of Art

WordCamp Maine Location – Maine College of Art

Contributor Day

Friday was Contributor Day. This was a chance for people new and experienced with WordPress to learn the many ways in which to contribute to the WordPress project.

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Healthcare data breaches

Healthcare Data Breaches – A Growing Epidemic [Infographic]

More than 90% of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach over the past two years. This could be because health information is 50 times more valuable on the black-market than financial information. Let’s find out why…

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Website applications are everywhere and accessible to cybercriminals

The Importance of Securing Your Web Applications

Over one billion websites exist today. With an excess of websites to choose from, we hear many people ask, why did my site get hacked? How did it get hacked? What damage has been done? While there are various reasons and ways a cybercriminal could have hacked your site, there is a very good chance (80% to be exact) they were after your web applications. Web applications account for 80% of website vulnerabilities, making them a very attractive target to cybercriminals.

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