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!

Speaking at WordCamp Charleston

Just got confirmation that I will be speaking at the inaugural occurrence of WordCamp Charleston in May. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress the user community. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

Wordpress Security at WordCamp CharlestonThis WordCamp will be a one-day event, May 17, held at the College of Charleston, and promises to focus on quality content covering all topics relating to WordPress, from a beginner level to developer sessions, and much more.

I will be speaking on WordPress security. As WordPress becomes one of the most used content platforms on the web it increasingly comes under attack by those wishing to either take control of sites or and just take them down. To keep sites from being compromised it is important to have a good understanding of how WordPress operates and what your options are. In this talk I will cover topics ranging from installation and setup to user accounts and updates.  We will also talk about backup and recovery and what you can do if your site is attacked.

This talk is aimed at anyone running WordPress.org on shared or self-hosting and will give specific steps and examples that you can take to secure your site regardless of  your experience level.

For additional information on the conference, speakers, sponsors and registration, please check out the WordCamp Charleston website.  And if you are in the Charleston community and interested in WordPress, please consider attending one of the monthly Charleston WordPress User Group meetings.

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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.

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.

Speaking of WordPress Security

December CHS WordPress MeetupOn Tuesday, December the 13th, I will be speaking at the Charleston WordPress User Group meeting. This is part one of a two part session entitled, “Securing WordPress”.

Since WordPress enjoys the position of being one of the most widely used web platforms, it is also one of the most attacked. From installation to operation there are fairly easy, and must-do steps to make sure your site is as secure as possible.

In this two part session, I will cover everything from file permissions and user accounts to script injection and backup procedures to protect your blog from hacking or downtime. The first part of the session will be delivered at this user group meetup, and the second part will be delivered at the February meeting.

For more information, please check out the website of the Charleston WordPress User Group.

The slides from the presentations are posted on SlideShare.