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WordCamp Denver 2018: WordPress is People!

“WordPress is People.”

That was the underlying theme of this year’s WordCamp Denver, but it’s also the theme of the WordPress community in general. Many of us who consider this amazing community “family” (myself included!) have our own stories of the odd, unexpected, serendipitous journey that led us here.

WCDenver 2018 coffee speaker's gift

The speakers gift coffee label made me laaaauuugh!

Many of us worked for years with WordPress, isolated on our own proverbial island, before we even discovered the WordPress community exists! But whether it was finding an answer in the .org forums, reading a helpful tutorial posted by someone who’s been there done that, or just referenced the Codex to learn the inner workings of a theme function: we’ve all benefited from community contributions in some way. And that experience is what drives many of us to give back to the community ourselves.

There were so many thoughtful and personal touches that went into this year’s camp, it was obvious the organizers and volunteers have a deep connection and love for the community.

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Decoding Bytes Episode 4: Facing the Consequences

On our last installment of Decoding Bytes, our experts explained what it means when your hosting provider suspends your website. Did you know that a suspended website is not the only consequence of having an insecure website? In fact, in Q1 2018, 37% of website owners who had a cyberattack on their website reported that the attack damaged their profitability.

In this week’s series finale of Decoding Bytes, our hosts Ryan Austin and Jessica Ortega discuss the potential fallout from a successful cyberattack. These consequences can range from being removed from search engine listings to defaced websites, and damaged customer trust. They’ll also give you some tips for securing your website and avoiding these consequences.  There are solutions available for websites of all shapes and sizes including malware scanners and web application firewalls.

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Decoding Security 125: Hack The Planet

Decoding Security’s most recent episode, Cryptocurrency 101, brought insight into the elusive digital trend of cryptocurrency. Well, it is once again making headlines. Earlier this month, a 20-year old California college student was arrested for stealing over $5M in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by hijacking more than 40 cell phone numbers. Also making cybersecurity news, inmates from five different Idaho Department of Correction facilities hacked tablets given to them for email, music, and games. By exploiting a vulnerability in the tablet’s software, they collected nearly $225,000 worth of credits to purchase various games and eBooks.

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Decoding Bytes Episode 3: Why Is My Website Down?

In previous episodes of Decoding Bytes, our experts answered the questions “Whose job is website security?” and “What does my hosting provider do for me?” But what happens when your website is suspended? How do you get it back online?

Join our hosts Jessica Ortega and Ryan Austin as they discuss what happens when your hosting provider takes your website offline. While this is one example of the consequences of a malware infection, it’s not a punishment. Learn how suspending an infected website actually protects the site and its visitors from further damage.

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SiteLock Website Security

Identifying Common Types of Cyberattacks

Is your website behaving strangely? Have you noticed it’s taking a long time to load, or that there are new pages, lines of code, or files on your site you didn’t create? Or perhaps you’ve seen a drastic decrease in site traffic, or you suddenly can’t log in as an admin? These are just a few visible signs that your site might be experiencing a cyberattack.

Of course, just because you’re not experiencing any of these symptoms doesn’t mean your website is secure. In fact, it’s possible for attacks and infections on your website to go undetected for years. To help ensure your site isn’t a target for cyberattacks, you need to know what you’re dealing with. In this blog, we’ll discuss what cyberattacks are, the most common types of attacks your website is likely to face, and most importantly, how you can prevent them.

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Cybersecurity Tips

69 Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Small Business from Cyberattacks

Most small businesses typically don’t have the proper security measures in place because they don’t know they’re at risk of cyberthreats, or they don’t know how to protect themselves. This leaves a company’s network, emails, computers, and mobile devices at risk of compromise—especially its website.

We’ve rounded up 69 easy and effective cybersecurity tips to help protect your small business from disruptive cyberattacks.  We’ve organized these tips by category to make them more easily digestible.

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WPCampus 2018

WPCampus 2018: Where Website Security Meets Higher Education

This past weekend SiteLock sponsored and attended WPCampus, an event focused on the use of WordPress in higher education.

We were pleased to return to WPCampus after our experience there in 2016. Now in its third year, this event has become required for web development professionals working with WordPress in the University space.

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Top 5 Reasons PHP7.2 is Recommended for WordPress Websites

WordPress is an open-source content management system, that uses a number of programming languages to run. One of those languages is PHP.

Your PHP Version is Important

PHP is an open-source programming language that WordPress uses to run internal functions and process database information. It is installed directly on your web server and managed by your web host. PHP is a living project, and like WordPress, is constantly being updated and patched for bug and security vulnerabilities. Newer PHP versions fix these vulnerabilities and optimize the processing and delivery of your website content.

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Decoding Bytes Episode 2: What’s a Host Got to Do With It?

On last week’s episode, SiteLock experts answered a common question: who is responsible for website security?  The answer came as a surprise to some.  With nearly half of website owners believing that their hosting provider is in charge of their site’s security, some viewers may be left wondering what exactly their hosting provider is responsible for.

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Decoding Security 124: Cryptocurrency 101

Many consider cryptocurrency to be the future of money since it eliminates disclosing personal financial information when purchasing goods and services online. So, what do you need to know? Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall highlight information you need to know about cryptocurrency and cryptojacking as you listen in this week.

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