A Primer on WordPress Security

If you've been paying attention to WordPress news in the past day or two, you may have heard that over 162,000 WordPress sites that are out of date have been used in a DDoS attack. There are plenty of ways for hackers to get in, and plenty of ways to keep your site secure. This month we're going to discuss why attacks like these happen and what you can do to stop them (Hint: updating core and every theme and plugin that you use is an excellent start).


David Yarde - Breaking WordPress

Fixing upgrade bugs and keeping things secure. Because no one likes an insecure site.


Adam Soucie - XMLRPC Vulnerability

The XMLRPC exploit is one of the biggest security issues facing WordPress today. I'll show you some simple fixes to protect your site.

More info: http://www.incapsula.com/blog/wordpress-security-alert-pingback-ddos.html


Russ Sanderlin - Securing your Wordpress Site

In the world of information technology, security is a paramount concern and to be taken seriously. Last year, EnableSecurity found that 73% of the 40,000 most popular Wordpress sites were vulnerable to attack. Wordpress is the most popular content management package, which makes it an attractive target to hackers. In this session I will cover steps to make your Wordpress site secure and safe.

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  • Rick R.

    Thanks for giving your time and effort for putting together such a great wordshop!

    April 10

  • Neal S.

    I took so many notes I developed writer's cramp! 3 great presentations!! Thanks, too, for David's hard work!

    1 · April 9

  • Vijay

    Good group and good topic

    1 · April 9

  • Lauren Di B.

    Thank you for allowing us some time to introduce ourselves at the meet up. I hope everyone grabbed a pen and business card :)

    1 · April 9

  • David P.

    Turns out I cant make it this time :(

    I'll see you all next time!

    April 7

    • Russ S.

      Are you planning on doing a talk at Wordcamp this year? I recommended to the group last night that they go to your session if they missed the one you did last year.

      April 9

  • Chris C.

    Got a lot of useful info, thanks! look forward to going to the next event!

    April 9

  • Danielle

    Very useful! Thanks to all!

    April 9

  • Russ S.

    Great group as always!

    April 8

  • Dan L.

    Thanks for offering this seminar on this important topic. I look forward to learning from the speakers.

    April 8

  • john

    I'm sure you'll talk about the usual protective measures when setting up, like not using Admin name, not using _WP index, etc. I currently use a combination of WordFence, iThemes Security (aka Better WP Security), Bullet Proof Security (including custom code to protect against XMLRPC, and other custom code that the developers provide). I'd like to hear your thoughts about the pros and cons of using multiple and potentially overlapping security plugins. What are the ramifications of picking and choosing the best of different settings, e.g. only one for logins lock-out, only one for blocking XMLRPC. I would like to hear your specific reasons why NOT to use multiple security plugins.

    2 · April 3

  • Rick R.

    I just started using WordFence but would like to know more about this topic in general. Looking forward to it!

    April 3

  • Jen V.

    I'll be in New York :-(

    April 2

  • Russ S.

    What are some concerns you have about security for your Wordpress site?

    March 17

  • James N.

    Great topic. I'm using WordFence Plugin. What do you think? Good enough or are there better alternatives?

    1 · March 11

    • Russ S.

      "Better" is subjective and you may here different recommendations from different people. There are many plug-ins that handle different aspects of security for Wordpress. Your requirements should define the plug-in that suits your needs the best as you will be sacrificing some performance for security. Some of the most popular security plug-ins:

      Wordfence
      WP Security

      March 17

    • Russ S.

      Bulletproof Security, Better WP Security and WP Simple Firewall are some other ones to check out.

      March 17

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