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On No, I've Been Hacked! Live Case Study.

/* LOCATION: Back to AlleyNYC */

You installed some DIY security and installed a security plugin, but your site got hacked anyway!

Whether you're a website owner, a development professional or somewhere in between, you do not want your site to get hacked.  It takes lots of time and effort to restore a site after an attack, if it can be restored.

D.K. Smith will present methods for repairing hacked sites in a LIVE case study!

One of his company's honeypot sites was hacked.  We'll get to peek over D.K's shoulder as he works on it live:

• the very first thing you should do.

•  #1 thing you shouldn't do!

• how to create your own WordPress emergency response plan

• essential clean-up tools

• steps to restore hacked sites and why your backups may be useless

• hacker hangouts and insights on how they go about exploits

D.K. will go through the clean-up step-by-step and share tips on how to determine an appropriate repair process, along with details on important decision points.

OPENING PRESENTATION:

Zemanta has been in the contextual content recommendations business for over 7 years and as more publishers focus on mobile we've built a product that helps them get more traffic, increase mobile ad inventory and improve engagement on mobile pages.

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) 

Check out our past winners >

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

D.K. began using WordPress in early 2005 and got serious about security after his company's affiliate sites were hacked in 2007.  Since then, he has led the development of many essential WordPress security measures.  D.K's security company is WP Security Pros and he's the founder of the WordPress Brooklyn Meetup. 

D.K. has worked as a digital marketing and SEO consultant since 1998.  He is now managing director at the Brooklyn Innovation Center, a startup and entrepreneurship accelerator that gets founders through the seed stage, which means getting them to the point where they've built something impressive enough to raise money from later stage investors. 

Tin Dizdarevic has been with Zemanta for 3 years and works with publishers to maximize their revenues, traffic and editorial and ad control.




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  • Mike S.

    Great Meetup... an eye opener to security issues that I never knew about!

    February 26, 2014

  • Joly M.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Ron S.

    I was not personally offended, but I noticed many jaw dropping facial expressions as D. K. Smith repeatedly insulted members of the audience. My guess is that he probably had no ill intent or even awareness of how insulting he sounded to many people.

    For example, when a member of the audience related his experience, D. K. challenged him to come up to front of the room and do the presentation. This was clearly just not necessary and excessive.

    I'm a "thick skinned" New Yorker, born and bred, so little bothers me personally, but I'd like to think that our meetups let members of the audience ask questions and make comments without being challenged in such a manner.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Michael S.

      Your rhythm and attunement was outstanding. IF anyone is concerned - it should be those who commented as they are challenged. You were clear, to the point, great examples and brought it all home. Looking forward to your next speech !

      1 · February 19, 2014

    • E\/IE B.

      Dk knows how to work a crowd. When he's presenting it's HIS show. Shutting down nay-sayers who try to hijack the proceedings, comes with the territory.

      2 · February 21, 2014

  • Calvin H.

    This was an informative discussion about Wordpress security + getting hacked. Just wanted to share a link from iThemes' newsletter I got today, about password security http://ithemes.com/2014/02/18/wordpress-password-security-protect-site-life/

    February 21, 2014

  • Janet M

    Extremely helpful, clear and specific and very funny.

    February 20, 2014

  • Louis T.

    Had a question:

    If you have 3 backups- 1. The WordPress to Dropbox Backup

    2. Backup plugin - backs up to default folder. 3. Host Provider Backup If the site is compromised from your end only and your host provider has not been breached, then why not delete everything in the FTP/MySQL- and do a restore from what's backed-up daily by your host on their servers - #3?

    Wouldn't one be able to go back in time to when the site wasn't compromised, fix it, secure it better, then travel back to the present moment, refresh your browser and it would be like you never left. What do you think, this could work right?

    February 19, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      3. Many hosts only keep a limited number of daily backups, typically one week. * Last paragraph: That could work. Only issue might be missing content; things published since the backup. You also need to be certain of the date the site was exploited, so be sure to carefully inspect everything before choosing a backup.

      February 20, 2014

  • D.K. S.

    New login plugin "Login Security Solution" added to last year's presentation,

    http://www.wpsecurityhandbook.com/wpnyc/layer9.htm

    Props to Vivinne... good looking out!

    February 20, 2014

  • D.K. S.

    Many of you asked questions on how to stop hackers. Here's the deck from last year's presentation, http://www.wpsecurityhandbook.com/wpnyc/

    February 19, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      Speaks to my point about how things change. Not sure from that post if the plugin itself is the issue. Can't find anything on the exploit sites however, better safe than sorry. Here's a replacement plugin with an added feature, http://wordpress.org/...­

      February 20, 2014

  • Idelle

    Great presentation, and a dynamic speaker. Please publish your book soon, D.K.!

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Rindy P.

    Had a great time helping people with WordPress!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      Thank you for the advice regarding my client who has clients still using IE6!

      1 · February 19, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    DK provided an excellent case study of how to fix a hacked WordPress site.

    2 · February 19, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      I'm glad you could make it. Miss seeing you and Julio every month in Westchester!

      2 · February 19, 2014

  • D.K. S.

    Good to see everyone... thank you for attending! I'm creating a presentation deck and will add info/resources based on your questions. If there's something else you'd like to know, send an email and I'll include it.

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent informative tech comedy show!!

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • Lorraine G.

    DK not only knows his stuff... he's also a great presenter –– fascinating!

    3 · February 19, 2014

  • E\/IE B.

    great prez - DK knows how to throw a party

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Gabriela L.

    Very informative. D. K. Smith provided a very useful action plan

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Irving P.

    awesome and extremely knowledgeable speaker

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Joly M.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Gabriela L.

    Missed the train because of heavy traffic - I'll be there eventually...

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Patrick S.

    Apologies in advance, Steve, D.K., for arriving late/in progress tonight. Short 7pm meeting upper Times Square can't move...

    February 18, 2014

    • D.K. S.

      We'll leave the porch light on for you...

      1 · February 18, 2014

  • Libby

    I really would love to see the video for this meetup...can't make tonight I'm afraid!

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've had to check into giveaways for some of my website clients. I wouldn't be surprised if your WPNYC GIVES BACK" RAFFLE would be considered an illegal lottery under New York State law and subject you to fines. You might want to look into it.

    February 17, 2014

  • Dawn R.

    D.K. is a great teacher, very sorry I have to work and can't be there. Enjoy everyone.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    wish I could be there - I've been hacked! But, running my own wine event that night.

    February 6, 2014

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