Tag Archives: ‘security’

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/09/22

Noobs. Rookies. Beginners.

We’ve all been there at one time or another. Where to start, what theme do I use, which plugins to get started, etc., etc., etc.

Here are two videos for beginners that deal with security and plugins.

Christina Hills : A Beginners Guide to Free WordPress Plugins

One of the most confusing (and exciting) features of using WordPress is Plugins! But how do you know for sure which ones you absolutely need and which you should avoid at all costs?
In this session, Christina Hills will walk you though, step-by-step, the various types of plugins you might need as well as how to properly evaluate and install them.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

Adam Warner: WordPress Security for Beginners

Security can seem intimidating and complex for many of us, but we shouldn’t (can’t) let that stop us from making sure we’re doing everything we can to secure our WordPress sites. After all, our websites are often part of our livelihood.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/21

On January 17th, 2009 WordPress TV was “switched on.” The announcement was made by Matt Mullenweg in a post that can be found here: https://wordpress.org/news/2009/01/wordpresstv/

“On WordPress.tv, you’ll find tutorials for both WordPress self-installs and WordPress.com to help you get blogging fast and hassle-free. We’ve kicked things off with the basics — now you can shape what comes next. Just drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see added.”

That year, 129 videos from 12 WordCamps were published!

Since that announcement, 6,842 videos have been published on WordPress TV. These include WordCamp videos, How To’s, Interviews, Meetups, Testimonials, State of the Word and WordPress Release videos.

The last several years have seen a significant increase in videos, culminating with 1,750 videos published for 2016. The number of videos submitted per WordCamp has increased sharply. Just a few years ago, 6 videos would be published (on average) after a WordCamp. In 2016 that number rose to 18!

Now…..on to the video highlight!

Yvonne Conway-Williams : Cybersecurity – Russian Hackers, Privacy, and You

From WordCamp Orange County 2017, Yvonne talks about the personal information that people freely post on social media and what can happen with that data.

Are we giving too much information away?
As we adopt use of technology into our daily routines, it’s easy to forget that our blogs and connected social media posts sometimes reach a wider audience than we mean them to. Updates intended for friends, family, and coworkers may seem innocuous enough, but often leak private information that hackers can use to invade our privacy and steal important data.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/06/02

Website security is something that I have been paying a lot of attention to the last few months. Not because a website that I own was attacked, just because I believe it is a good practice or habit to get into.

Sarah C. Hines: WP Security – That Boring Thing Until it Matters

At WordCamp Portland 2017, Sarah talks about the fact that WordPress is one of the most used content management systems in the world. Which also, inconveniently, makes it one of the most-targeted CMS’ for hackers. You know you should keep WordPress core, plugins, and themes up-to-date, but what else can you do to protect your system?

Matthias Kurz: Absicherung von WordPress durch Zwei-Faktor-Authentifizierung mit Security-Keys

From WordCamp Berlin 2017 – Noch immer ist das WordPress-Login eines der größten Einfallstore einer WordPress-Installation. Dies ist in den meisten Fällen auf unsichere Passwörter zurückzuführen, gerade wenn mehrere Benutzer Zugang zu einer Instanz haben oder wenn der / die Administrationsaccount(s) von mehreren Menschen verwendet wird.

Adam W. Warner: WordPress Security for Beginners – Simple Steps to Build Your Master Plan

And from WordCamp Louisville 2016, Adam has this for WordPress beginners and users.

Security can seem intimidating and complex for many of us, but we shouldn’t (can’t) let that stop us from making sure we’re doing everything we can to secure our WordPress sites. After all, our websites are often part of our livelihood.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

WordPress Community Interview With Robert Sather

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Sather is a 25 year old web developer with 6 years experience in web development, doing mainly plugin and custom theme development. Robert resides in Sandefjord, Norway and has interests in travelling, urban exploration, hiking in the woods, hamradio and airsoft

Robert enjoys creating custom themes as well as looking into WP security. He spends time in the WordPress Support Forums helping with security issues.

We discuss WordCamp Oslo, the WordPress Community, speaking and touch on ham radio operations.

For more WordPress Community Interviews click HERE.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/12/16

I have a confession to make. This first video is one that I have been keeping a look out for since it was done at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2016. I admit that I may have a jaundiced view point, kind of like – If I hit my finger with this 16 pound sledge hammer, it MAY hurt.

Kyle Maurer and Adam Silver: WP Battles – Hacker vs. Webmaster

Ladies and gentleman, its Cyber Shield (Adam Silver) versus Malwarious (Kyle Maurer), its good versus evil, cute cats and puppies versus mean people.

The Internet is a battleground. It’s true. Every minute of every day, a war is being fought.

This is actually the third WP Battle presentation these two have done. A rap battle was done at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2015 and then a political style debate at WordCamp NEO 2016.

Pippin Williamson: Answers by Pippin

I had the misfortune of presenting in the same time slot as Pippin at a WordCamp a couple of years ago. I had three people (two feel asleep) and he had a standing room only crowd. This video is from WordCamp US 2016.

Pippin will answer some of the questions he is asked most often in regard to plugin development, business, managing a team, life, and other subjects.

For more great videos visit WordPress TV.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2016/11/04

Before we take a look at the featured videos today, I wanted to mention some interesting stats about the number of videos being published on WordPress TV.

As we know, the number of WordCamps has been steadily increasing over the years. So too have the number of videos being published. BUT what has caught my attention is the large increase of videos coming from WordCamps. In 2012 the average number of videos published was 6 per WordCamp. In 2015 that number grew to 16 published videos per WordCamp. Some WordCamps are able to hire profession firms to record, edit and upload videos but the majority of video content is recorded by volunteers. You can see below the actual numbers below. FYI: as of todays date, over 1100 videos have been published for 2016. Let’s give a big shout out to the volunteers who are helping with this effort.

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OK, now onto the videos!

Gerroald Barron: Beginner WordPress Security

For beginners and users comes this video from WordCamp Birmingham 2016. Gerroald talks about the basics on hardening your WordPress application and best security practices. The importance of Strong passwords, Two-Factor, secure file permissions, using SFTP encryption, changing Salts and the importance of maintaining backups and updates.
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Presentation slides can be see HERE.

Björn Wijers: The Benefits Of Your Own Internal WordPress.org Like Repository

This video comes to us from WordCamp Nederland 2016. Björn talks about pro and cons of having your own WordPress.org like repository for your organisation and to create one yourself.Also, he discusses how to setup an internal WordPress repository for clients using github-updater, Git, Atlassian’s Bitbucket Server.

For more great videos go to WordPress TV.