Takeaways from How to Take Your WordPress Site Security to the Next Level

Title presentation slide from livestream for Chris's talk.

In his How to Take Your WordPress Site Security to the Next Level online presentation at the Rochester WordPress Users Meetup, senior software engineer (and my friend) Chris Wiegman, shared practical advice and actionable steps sites owners can take to protect their sites from attackers.

While the focus was on WordPress sites, many tips Chris shared apply to every site on the web.

As well as anyone who uses the web.

What I liked most about Chris’s talk: he didn’t only focus on website protection.

Chris emphasized the importance of making sure your:

  • Digital devices
  • Operating systems
  • Internet Service Provider connection
  • Domain name server configuration
  • Digital tools you use on your site

are secure.

You want to protect your data, privacy, and the people who visit your website.

He recommended site owners think beyond only site security and consider all the other ways to improve security.

Here are my takeaways from Chris’s presentation. Continue reading Takeaways from How to Take Your WordPress Site Security to the Next Level

3 Ways to Discover Where a Shortened Link Will Send You

Danger do not enter sign posted on the trail in the woods

When I read the tweet announcing a free webinar on small business cyber safety, I wanted to learn more about it.

I’ve attended several of the organization’s webinars in the past, so I knew I would walk away with actionable security tips.

But when I selected the shortened link in their tweet, something unexpected happened. Continue reading 3 Ways to Discover Where a Shortened Link Will Send You

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Security Planner

woman in wheelchair at table with open laptop, waving at person on screen.

When I asked my new client about the login and password to their web host and domain registrar, they told me the credentials were the same for both.

It’s much easier for me to to use the same login and password for both, that way I don’t have to remember different logins.

It wasn’t the first time I had a client who used the same login/password combination for their business website.

And it wasn’t the first time I explained the importance of security by using unique logins and passwords as I told my new client about why they should use a password manager.

As a website designer, I’m often in a role of educating clients about digital security. Password managers are only one part of keeping yourself and your business secure online.

Which is why I’m always happy to share and promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month every year. Continue reading National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Security Planner