WordPress Security Presentation

The first ever WordCamp Charleston was held this past Saturday to a sellout crowd, and it was a huge success. Everyone involved did a great job, and there was a diverse and interesting group of attendees. It was so fun actually that I can’t wait for the next one. Too bad I can’t make it up to WordCamp Asheville.

Anyway, I promised I would put up the slides of my talk on WordPress security, and here they are. Of course there was a lot of talking that went along with these, so there may be gaps in what does and doesn’t make sense. All of the talks at WordCamp were captured on video however, and they should be up at WordCamp.TV soon. I will let you know as soon as that happens.

Oh, and if you found this presentation interesting, you should also check out my friend Jared Smith’s presentation on WordPress Peak Performance. His slide deck is available on his site. Trust me, he is the guru of this stuff.

So, enjoy the pointers on securing and backing up your WordPress site and, as always, if you have any questions just give me a shout!

Presenting on WordPress Security

WordPress User Group Security PresentationJust wanted to let you all know that I will be speaking at the May WordPress User Group meeting on WordPress Security. Since WordPress enjoys the position of being one of the most widely used web platforms, it is also one of the most attacked. This has become particularly clear with the DNS and dictionary attack over the last month.

We will look at the basics of WP security touching on everything from file permissions and user accounts to preventing script injection and backup procedures to protect your blog from hacking or downtime.

The May meetup of the User Group will be held on May 14 at The Flagship on the corner of Calhoun and East Bay, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and feature 2 presentations. For more information, visit the WordPress User Group of Charleston’s site.

Browser Add-Ons

Browser Add-OnsI love it when they quote me! 😉 Check out this fine article on browser add-ons that quotes you know who. Kelli Grant, the journalist who wrote this article, and I have talked a number of times over the past few years on a variety of technology topics. I always know it is her when I see that New York area code on my phone!

And if you don’t read the entire article, make sure you at least take away these points – 1) browser add-ons can slow down your web experience, and 2) make sure you know who is collecting your information, how much they are collection it, and what their privacy policies are. Sometimes installing an add-on is the same as inviting a vampire over the threshold.

Who Is Using Your Facebook?

Breaking In To FacebookDo you know who is using your Facebook account? Here is a good exercise to do every now and then….

  1. In Facebook go up to “Home” drop down up there in the top right corner.
  2. Drop it down to “Account Settings”
  3. Once in account settings, choose “Apps” from the list on the far left.
  4. Look at all the applications, websites, and such that you have authorized through you FaceBook account and that may have access to post as you, have access to all your friends and their information, have access to all your photos, etc…
  5. Get rid of all the ones you don’t recognize. Heck, get rid of a bunch you do recognize! If you need them back, you can reauthorize them later.

Seriously, with sites such as LinkedIn and Last.FM getting hacked – you are only as secure as the weakest link in the chain.

Stop SOPA Now

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill, if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Presented to the House Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the PROTECT IP Act.

To read more on this, please check out Google’s site, as well as these excellent articles and sites.