WordPress Security - Facts & Fiction

Hacked! The last thing you want to happen to your site.

Whether you're a website owner, a development professional or somewhere in between, you don't want your site to get hacked.   The time and effort required to restore a site after an attack, if it can be restored, makes it worth investing some time to learn how to keep your site safe and sound.

D.K. Smith will present a comprehensive range of WordPress security best practices, including:

  • Methods for repairing a hacked site.
  • "Multiple Layers of Security" techniques that keep your site secure.


Along with answers to all of your WordPress security questions.

Presenter: D.K. Smith


OPENING PRESENTATION: Managed, Shared and Dedicated Hosting.

The presentation will cover the distinctions between managed hosting from WP Engine, shared hosting, and touch on VPS and Dedicated hosting as well. It will be a quick presentation that leaves plenty of room for questions.

Presenter: Austin Gunter (via Google Hangouts)

 

GET ONE-ON-ONE ASSISTANCE AT OUR HELP DESK:

The experts from Tadpole.cc will be available throughout the evening to help you with your WordPress issues and answer your questions.

 

"WPNYC GIVES BACK" RAFFLE:

We will raffle off $1 for each user that RSVP's. This money will be split between:

  • One WPNYC member.
  • A WordPress developer that has donated a free theme or plugin to the community (chosen by the member winner)

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

D.K. Smith has worked as a Digital Marketing and SEO consultant since 1998. He began using WordPress in early 2005 and started rolling out WordPress sites for his clients mid-year. D.K. became serious about security after several of his company's affiliate websites were hacked in 2007. Since then D.K. has led the development of many essential WordPress security measures. His security company is WPSecurity.com and he sends security alerts via @securewp. DK blogs about Internet business at DKSmith.com and is the founder of the WordPress Brooklyn Meetup.

Austin Gunter is a community builder and marketer who helps connect WordPress users and developers to WP Engine. His background is in startups. Previously, he brought 120 early-stage companies through an Austin, Texas incubator. He blogs too much, and drinks yerba maté every day.

 

LOCATION:

AlleyNYC
500 7th Ave  
17th Floor  
New York, NY 10018

 

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  • Bart (Bartman) P.

    how long does it take to hear back from the wpny.org site to sign up?

    trying to find a freelancer for my site

    June 21, 2013

  • Bart (Bartman) P.

    Hello friends,
    Does anyone one know how I can get
    A zip code directory for patients to look up
    A doctor in their area in a search?
    Or does anyone know who does it
    As a paid service ?

    June 21, 2013

    • Darryle S.

      I believe WhihDoc use to provide that service. They changed their company around to be more abstract with their services but i would at least try shooting them an email http://www.crunchbase...­


      WhichDoc is now http://villij.com/­ .

      June 21, 2013

    • Andy C.

      I'd recommend reposting this at wpnyc.org, our community help site.

      June 21, 2013

  • Berthland T.

    Gained a better understanding of security threats and ways to prevent them. Gr8 speakers, definitely left with a handful of new tools and ideas I'm excited about implementing in the many sites I maintain.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    June 19, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      Thanls Mike, good article. The report is a bit over-puffed (a sales piece for them) however, the overall topic is on target.

      June 20, 2013

  • Karen N.

    One of the most important presentations I have attended. Had to miss the first presenter as the rain in my town was flooding where I wanted to park for the bus. Got there just as DK came on and he did a good job. Thanks!

    2 · June 19, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      Good to meet you! I'll add your recent ordeal to the "how to clean and repair" session.

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • Sarah W.

    Did DK remind anyone else of Mad-Eye Moody? CONSTANT VIGILANCE! :) Great presentation!

    2 · June 19, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      I'm good with that... as long as I don't resemble Mad-Eye. Thanks for attending!

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • Sarah W.

    A useful follow-up for another meetup would be what to do if you do get hacked- how to fix things. That's what I was hoping to learn.

    June 20, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      Cleaning and repairing hacked sites is one of the "Multiple Layers of Security." I had hoped to get into that on Tuesday, but there wasn't enough time to do justice to the subject.

      June 20, 2013

  • WH

    Great presentation DK. I inquired about the ssl for domains, and was told by my web host it costs $99. Am I stating it wrong?

    June 20, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      You're correct, an "SSL certificate" and dedicated IP address. $99 sounds a bit high... you only need the lowest level SSL . Email or PM your web host's name to me.

      June 20, 2013

  • D.K. S.

    Thank you to everyone who came to the meetup. You had some excellent questions that I'll be adding to the presentation.

    Links to the presentation deck and more... coming soon.

    June 20, 2013

  • Melissa H.

    Thanks DK, the presentation was really useful!

    June 20, 2013

  • Michelle

    DK is an excellent presenter and the Brooklyn WordPress Meetup rocks. Thanks DK!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Dawn

    Lots of actionable advice on how to secure a WordPress site. Terrific presenter, DK Smith. (Steve's "open source makes WordPress safer" imp also.

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • Jane

    What a great presentation, I learned so much! Thank you again, DK
    Best, Jane

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • Calvin W.

    This was so far my favorite WordPress meetup. I learned so much about securing my site and more ways to keep my workstations safe.

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • Gabriela L.

    Excellent! Thanks so much to D. K. for presenting and Steve as always for organizing.

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • Chris J.

    Very informative. Now the trick is remembering to put these techniques into practice for each site I work on.

    3 · June 19, 2013

  • Arwin H.

    Nice well rounded presentation on WP Security, DK. Totally agree with hardening up front and keeping it simple. Just wanted to add that with available hardware today, even complex passwords can be cracked so please also consider multi-factor authentication. WordPress.com offers 2-factor to all users for that reason. If you are somewhere other than wordpress.com, you can implement simple 2-factor authentication with plugins like http://wordpress.org/plugins/google-authenticator/. Lastly, regarding keeping your site clean... User Administration is a big piece. Make sure you stay on top of the users with access to your system (e.g. if you have an employee leave, deactivate/delete their account). If you get lazy with that, none of your other security layers will matter.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Joly M.

    2 · June 18, 2013

  • Darryle S.

    I cam expecting to learn better ways to harden my current WP projects and leave learning more goodies to harden my mac too.

    June 19, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Austin's presentation is already on YouTube. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=83_OiEcvgN0

    June 18, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Excellent. I learned a lot. Very informative. Much of it I knew, but have not been vigilant about putting it into practice. DK was very convincing. I must reform.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Sarah W.

    Can anyone see the wifi password?

    June 18, 2013

  • Matthew J S.

    Unfortunately will not make it but look forward to watching the recording

    June 18, 2013

  • Kurt G

    What a great workspace that Alley has! (and much, much closer to my office) I hope you can do more of the WPNYC meetups here

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • D.K. S.

    Hi Andrea, Come on over and pay at the door. If there's a problem you can have my spot, :-).

    There won't be an issue.. please feel free to attend.

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Andrea

      Thanks D.K. - see you there...

      June 18, 2013

    • Steve B.

      Sorry Andrea D.K. Is wrong. We can't take payments at the door. Venue security needed a list of attendees by noon today. Sorry. But don't worry this meet up will be recorded and you can view it in a few weeks.

      June 18, 2013

  • Andrea

    Thanks Allison and D.K. - I appreciate your responses. So looks like all is set. Be well! ;)

    June 18, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi All - just found this event and would like to attend - BUT there are no more slots (insert sad face here) . Any chance I can use someone's RSVP if they recently decided they are now not going to be able to attend - any help is appreciated! Be well.

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sadly not going to make it. Feel free to use my RSVP if you can (I pre-paid).

      1 · June 18, 2013

  • Bart (Bartman) P.

    also do i need to bring a laptop

    June 18, 2013

  • Bart (Bartman) P.

    what time does this go to?

    June 18, 2013

  • Annabelle T.

    I am hoping I can get some basic help on how to clear the comments in my wp site. There are 5,701 comments and I need some help to make my site more secure. Looking forward to this meeting...

    June 18, 2013

  • Rindy P.

    Have to send my regrets this month, sorry all! See you next time.

    June 17, 2013

  • Chuck C.

    Hey Austin,
    I'm interested in Yerba Mate drink... Does it give you an Edge
    with word Press?
    See you Manana.
    Chuck Chin

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry off to Cihina.

    June 17, 2013

  • Manish

    I am excited to attend my first meeting.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Leftonred 'Lefty' A.

    Will not be able to attend. I need a WP developer to create some simple user editable sites from existing sites. May lead to lots of future work. Please email me: [masked] Sorry I had to post here, the discussion board is read only :(

    June 6, 2013

    • Gabriela L.

      I'm a WP developer & may be able to help. You can reach me at [masked]

      June 16, 2013

    • Manish

      Please send me your requirement at [masked]. We have good experience in WP and released some good extensions http://profiles.wordp...­

      June 17, 2013

  • Josh C.

    I'm excited to meet some pressers in NYC!

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Patty R.

    Sorry I won't be in town. Sounds like a great topic. Enjoy.

    June 12, 2013

  • Karen N.

    After having been hacked this past month, this meeting is coming at the right time for me - thanks!

    1 · June 6, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      I'd like to use your incident as one of the examples... will contact you via email.

      June 12, 2013

  • Bart (Bartman) P.

    I'm new to word press with lots of questions... Where do I start?

    June 11, 2013

    • D.K. S.

      There's Q&A time in this security meetup.

      June 12, 2013

  • Chris S

    I'm not sure I can attend. Waiting to hear back on a prior commitment.

    June 9, 2013

  • Sveta

    I'm interested in attending, but wanted to make sure there will be interpreters before I sign up.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm from Germany (http://wpdm.de/), this is my first visit to NYC, I arrive the night before and I'm totally thrilled there's a WP Meetup going on during the time of my stay. Looking forward to meet you all! :)

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Kawai S.

    I need Security

    June 6, 2013

  • Rindy P.

    See you there!

    June 6, 2013

  • Shayne S.

    I was hoping this was a topic soon. Loooking forward to knowing more.

    1 · June 6, 2013

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