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WP Security

Let's talk about ********! Yeah, that's right, passwords... and security.

For this meetup we'll go over some of the simple, practical steps you should be taking to secure every site you build and maintain.

This month we also have a special surprise for everyone: three wonderful guest speakers connecting for a Security panel discussion!

Mark Jaquith, core contributor to WordPress and lead developer for many release cycles, and Dre Armeda and Tony Perez from Sucuri Security; three of the foremost experts on WordPress security. These fine gentlemen will be connecting with us via Google Hangout.

So, because of the special nature of this meetup, we need questions from YOU. What do you want to know about security and WordPress? Do you want to know anything about security in plugins? In themes? The necessary measures you need to take to lock down your site? Ask away in the comments below! We'll compile a Google Doc of all the questions and present them to our experts for the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday, Oct 18!

(PS - After this meetup we'll continue with our tradition of hanging out at Founders for brews and sandwiches. Join us, won't you?)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really appreciated the participants sharing their knowledge with us, but honestly, it is too hard for me to sit through and listen to the computer experts talking to each other straight through the entire meeting. I wasfrankly quite intimidated.

    October 21, 2012

  • Steve C.

    Good stuff, though I'm sure a few general users heard way too much stuff that didn't pertain to them. Many thanks to the 3 gents for giving of their time to discuss!

    October 19, 2012

  • Jarrod P.

    Fantastic. It's so good to hear people who are so knowledgable and passionate talk about what they are so passionate and knowledgable about. Learned a lot of good stuff!

    October 19, 2012

  • Andrea N.

    Very informative.

    October 19, 2012

  • Luke R.

    Really good! Surprisingly good quality and glitch-free for a video meeting. Great content from experts.

    October 19, 2012

  • Nate R.

    Learned a lot!

    October 19, 2012

  • Brian R.

    Great advice from some brilliant minds!

    October 18, 2012

  • Chad W.

    It was great to have security experts answer our questions. I gained some knowledge, had other knowledge reinforced, and had other knowledge debunked.

    October 18, 2012

  • Cindy B.

    Great information - I learned a lot. Much thanks to Dre, Tony, and Mark for their time!

    October 18, 2012

  • Brian R.

    Right now our lovely guest presenters are leaning towards exploring XSS (what it is, why it's a serious threat, how to protect yourself as an end-user when creating your site, how to prevent it as a dev when building themes/plugins). This will also tie in well with the discussion points Luke and Chad have posted below.

    Does anyone else have any pressing questions or ideas they'd like addressed by our security experts?

    1 · October 16, 2012

  • Chad W.

    There are so many things that can be done to secure WordPress. Which are the most important? Which are ineffective?
    I've had difficulty enabling SSL logins on shared hosting. Is there a good way to do this?
    What are the best antispam alternatives to Akismet?

    I'm most interested in preventing my small business clients' sites from being hacked, so that's what I'm looking to learn and discuss.

    October 15, 2012

  • Luke R.

    I'd love to hear various techniques for avoiding hacks, the easier and lower-maintenance, the better. Will we talk server hardening at all, or are most people using a managed host?

    October 12, 2012

    • Chad W.

      I recently started using CloudFlare, and it's interesting to see the threats it blocks. I usually use shared hosting, and add a few lines to .htaccess, as described in http://codex.wordpres...­.

      October 13, 2012

  • Chad W.

    I'm no expert, but I'll gladly explain what I configure and what plugins I use.

    September 9, 2012

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