Category: WordPress security

WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy Tools

WordPress Tools for GDPR Compliance

By Jamie Schmid

Earlier this year, a group of WordPress volunteers formed a team to introduce GDPR compliance features into WordPress core. Since then, they have been on a dedicated journey to identify all personal data stored in core, create tools to manage privacy features, and establish a central repository to act as a GDPR resource for WordPress users and developers. In this article I will discuss some of the main features and how you can start using them today on your site.

Categories:  WordPress security
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The GDPR Law Starts on Friday: Here’s How to Prepare for It

By Jamie Schmid

If you live outside the EU, you may not have felt effects of the impending GDPR ruling yet, but you will. The ruling goes into effect on May 25 (this Friday!!) and everyone who has a website that MAY EVER be visited by someone living or residing within the European Union will potentially be affected by this law. It’s important to familiarize yourself with GDPR now if you haven’t already. This post will help you figure out how to address and implement new privacy and security practices in your business or organization.

Categories:  WordPress security

Website Security for Clients: Are You Prepared?

By Adam Warner

This is the fourth and final chapter of our Making Security Make Sense to Clients series. In this post, I’ll be reviewing how to include website security in your freelance projects and the various benefits of doing so. I’ll also highlight some key points and answer the following questions:

  • Why should website security matter to your clients?
  • How does including website security as part of your project costs benefit your freelance business?
  • Why and how do websites get hacked?
  • How can you secure any website in five simple steps?
Tags:   agency, business, freelance, Website Security
Categories:  WordPress security
It's World Password Day! 5 Tips for Creating and Managing Secure Passwords

It’s World Password Day! 5 Tips for Creating and Managing Secure Passwords

By Jamie Schmid

HAPPY WORLD PASSWORD DAY!

Here at SiteLock, we loooove strong passwords! Join in the World Password Day festivities by changing your passwords today! Sound like more pain than fun? Here are 5 tips on creating and managing strong passwords like a pro!

Categories:  WordPress security

5 Simple Website Security Best Practices

By Adam Warner

Welcome to the fourth article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In my previous posts I discussed the importance of securing your own site, your client sites, and how educating your clients about website security can foster trust and growth in your freelance or agency business.

After you’ve communicated the Why, Who, How and When of website hacks, it’s time to either start building security into your project proposals and costs or to continue educating your clients. Or both really 🙂 

In this post, I’m going to share five website security best practices that are easy to implement. Whether you include these steps as part of your service, or your website security education plan, your clients will benefit. What’s even better, they’re easy to implement! So let’s get to it, shall we?

Tags:   agency, benefits, freelancer, Website Security
Categories:  WordPress security

The Benefits of Educating Clients About Security

By Adam Warner

Welcome to the third article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In my first post I discussed the importance of security for your business and your own websites and in my second post, I showed you the benefits of securing your client sites, before handing them over.

In this post, I’m going to share why security education is important and how to educate your clients about security in terms they’ll easily understand as it applies to their businesses.

Educating your clients (and potential clients) about website security isn’t just the right thing for your business, it’s the right thing to do period. Let’s talk about why that is, who’s ultimately responsible for website security, and how a dedicated focus on security can help set you apart from the crowd while increasing your value and revenue.

Tags:   clients, education, Website Security
Categories:  WordPress security

Back That Word Up! Creating a Backup Plan for Your WordPress Website

By Jamie Schmid

In our series on managing WordPress updates, we’ve discussed how crappy it is when your website breaks, and examined lots of solutions to avoid it ever happening. One of the things we strongly recommend is having a good backup process in place.

Tags:   backups
Categories:  Tutorials, WordPress security
Benefits of Securing Your Client Websites

The Benefits of Securing Your Client Websites

By Adam Warner

Welcome to the second article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.

In our first post, I talked about the importance of securing your own site first, and what can happen if you don’t. If you’ll recall, a website hack ruined my first internet business and I want to make sure you’re doing all you can to mitigate the risks to your own website, and those of your clients.

Let’s assume your own site is secured. Great. Now, what about your client sites? Are you actively implementing basic security best practices on the sites you hand over? This post will talk about why securing your clients’ websites is important to your immediate and long-term business.

Tags:   agency, clients, freelancer, security
Categories:  WordPress security
WordCamp Miami 2018 Recap

WordCamp Miami 2018 – A Tenth Anniversary Event

By Adam Warner

Returning to WordCamp Miami this weekend was like a homecoming for me. I first attended in 2013 where I met many of the people I now call my friends and colleagues. These connections also eventually led to my current Open Source Community Manager position with SiteLock. Although I’ve been in the WordPress space since 2005, these past five years have seen massive growth in both the software we all know and love, and for me professionally.

Tags:   event recap, gutenberg editor, wordcamp miami
Categories:  WordPress security

Don’t Break Live! Using a Staging Site for WordPress Updates

By Jamie Schmid

We know updates are important! We also know updates can potentially break your site. When your LIVE SITE breaks, it’s a huge deal and can be time consuming and costly to fix – both in terms of technical support, and lost revenue. A much better solution is to first do your updates on a version of your site that ISN’T live, a site that is an exact duplicate of your live site. A site that can break without causing pandemonium in your life. This site is called a Staging Site, and it’s the recommended way to make updates and changes before doing them on Live.

Tags:   development, staging
Categories:  Tutorials, WordPress security