Security

Get the Most Out of Defender and Maximize WordPress Security

Anyone who owns, builds, manages, or hosts WordPress sites should be obsessed with security. It’s not that WordPress isn’t a safe platform to build websites with. It’s just that, being the most popular and widely used CMS in the world, WordPress is an easy target for hackers. This is why WordPress blogs can’t and shouldn’t stop talking about WordPress security. The nice thing about security getting so much attention is that...

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7 Big Problems with the Internet of Things

In a few short years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has gone from a technology — or set of technologies — that were cutting edge to the situation today where connected household items, or automobiles, are common. However, growth is only really gathering speed now with San Francisco-based Cisco estimating that the "Internet of Everything cisco article" — its take on the IoT — could have...

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Why Hackers Are Targeting Your WordPress Site

As we discover better ways to secure WordPress websites, it’s easy to feel a bit more relaxed about the whole thing… which is both good and bad. It’s good because it means we trust the tools and services we’ve invested in to harden security in WordPress. It’s bad though when we mistakenly confuse the tightening of security with a set-it-and-forget-it mentality. To put it bluntly: hackers are looking to break into...

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WordPress 4.9.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.2 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. An XSS vulnerability was discovered in the Flash fallback files in MediaElement, a library that is included with WordPress. Because the Flash files are no longer needed for most use cases, they have been removed from WordPress. MediaElement has released a new version that contains...

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Scanning and Fixing Your WordPress Site for Free with WP Checkup

When it comes to your WordPress website, what you don’t know can hurt you or at least your website. Instead of taking that chance, you can get free scans and fixes with WP Checkup. Tracking your WordPress website regularly for issues is important. That’s how you can prevent major meltdowns of epic proportions or at least prevent problems from stunting your website’s growth or shutting it down. WP Checkup is a free...

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11 Tips to Prevent Customer Data Breaches

Security has been top of mind for IT leaders following the rash of major data breaches in 2017. If those breaches weren't enough to get your attention, maybe this will: Gartner has predicted that worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion this year. And in 2018, spending is expected to grow to $93 billion. In many cases the best defense is good offense, and with...

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A Complete Guide to WordPress Password Security

I know I talk a lot about how it’s your responsibility to ensure that your WordPress websites are secure. (Because it is.) That said, there are instances where you have very little control over the vulnerabilities that other users introduce to the site. Specifically, I’m referring to users who don’t abide by smart and safe password practices. To be fair, think about how many names, numbers, birthdays, addresses, facts, workflows, and...

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Is WordPress Safe for eCommerce Websites?

WordPress is not inherently built for eCommerce. In order to sell anything on your website, you need to use a theme and a series of plugins in order to tap into that functionality (or you need to code it all from scratch). But just because WordPress on its own is not eCommerce-ready doesn’t make it any less of a good (or smart) choice to build your online store with. That said,...

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WordPress 4.9.1 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.1 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.9 and earlier are affected by four security issues which could potentially be exploited as part of a multi-vector attack. As part of the core team's ongoing commitment to security hardening, the following fixes have been implemented in 4.9.1: Use a properly generated...

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Ultimate Guide to the 60 Best Security Resources for WordPress

WordPress security. Oh boy, you just can’t get enough, can you? Luckily, today isn’t about teaching you something new about WordPress security. We already know what the platform’s weaknesses are and how to protect our sites from outside threats. Nope, today’s guide is going to delve into the 60 best security resources for WordPress. You can read through all of them today or you can bookmark and have them at the...

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