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WordPressA2 January 2014 Meetup - WordPress, Bad Guys, and You

Topic: WordPress, Bad Guys, and You

WordPress sites are popular targets for computer criminals. Find out why someone might want to break into your WordPress site, how they go about doing it, and what they do after succeeding. By gaining an understanding the criminals' motivations and methods, you'll be better able to keep your WordPress site safe. The talk will include a live demonstration of how to break in to a not-up-to-date / poorly configured WordPress site.

Note: Beginners are welcome, but this will be a very advanced discussion.

Speaker: Mark Montague

Mark Montague is a computer engineer at the University of Michigan who helps researchers use the University's supercomputers to expand the frontiers of human knowledge. From 2006 through 2010, Mark was the manager of the University's central web infrastructure team, which included shared web hosting that some departments used to run WordPress.

Call for Topics & Speakers: 

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, please let us know. Also, we are always looking for new speakers to talk about WordPress related topics, if you, or you know someone who would like to speak, please get in touch.


There is a parking structure opposite "Arbor Brewing Company". Parking costs $1.20 per hour.

Workshop Expectations: Helping Us, Help You!

We’ll have WordPress Experts and Advanced users available to answer questions and help you solve problems.

Attendees must have a hosted or self hosted WordPress website already setup and have a good understanding of how to add/edit a blog post or page or install your on plugins. You can view some video tutorials on WP LifeGuard.

If you have never used WordPress before, this is probably not the right workshop for you. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to conversations, we can help point you in the right direction – we only have 2 hrs and lots of people to help :(

We’ll try organize a beginner session later in the year.


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  • Kathy R.

    Wasn't able to make it in January. Are there any notes or slides to view?

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation for Wordpress users of all levels.

    February 6, 2014

  • Craig T.

    It was a great presentation. Lots of good(?) info!

    January 30, 2014

  • Craig T.

    Great stuff to know about, but I don't think I will ever be able sleep again!

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Caitlin G.

    Super informative! WP security is one of my weak points, and I didn't know where to start. Now I do.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Declan O.


    January 30, 2014

  • Edward V.

    Excellent presentation at the right level of detail, well prepared

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Karen V.

    I just joined but unfortunately cannot make this week's MeetUp. Look forward to future gatherings though! I have been using WordPress for about four years and recently trying to increase my knowledge so I can better use and manage.

    January 26, 2014

  • Justin F.

    Kloe and I will have to miss the first few of the year - we'll be back again in April - enjoy!

    January 24, 2014

  • John S. W.

    Security and large computational clusters are one of my favorite subjects. I was just introduced to MiDEN's 3D virtual reality projection cluster. I'm now looking for the UM group that ran an IBM System X 3455 cluster which was accessed externally to UM. Security for that had to be very interesting.

    January 23, 2014

  • Denice W.

    I have set up a WP website and have a couple problems with placing pictures and text on page. Also many people are commenting but do not know what article they are commenting on. I am hoping to get some help with my couple issues or finding someone who can help me. thanks Always eager to learn more. Thanks

    January 20, 2014

  • Sarah C.

    I'll be coming up from Toledo, as long as the weather is good and the roads are clear, I'll be there. :D

    December 4, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Thanks for letting us join this group - we hope to learn a lot!

    November 14, 2013

  • Mary R.

    Will I be able to follow the discussion with my WP blogs using my Linux/Ubuntu netbook?

    October 31, 2013

    • Mark M.

      You should be able to just listen. If you happen to have a WordPress blog that you can access while listening, that won't hurt, but it's not required either. While I'll be mentioning some things you should do, this presentation is not a step by step list of how to set up your WordPress installation correctly; rather, it focuses on what the bad guys try to do, how they do it, and why.

      October 31, 2013

  • Beverly

    Does this convesation apply to hosted sites also? To what degree does address security issues that will be touched on in this talk? Thanks!

    October 31, 2013

    • Mark M.

      Some of it will be relevant to, but the majority of the presentation will assume that you have installed and configured WordPress yourself.

      October 31, 2013

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