July 23, 2015 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Security

The LastPass Hack Drives Home The Importance Of Strong Encryption

The LastPass Hack Drives Home The Importance Of Strong Encryption

Recently, password service LastPass hit its users with some ominous news: its servers had been compromised, and hackers made off with a slew of encrypted passwords, along with a bunch of other user data. This marked the second time in the past four years the service was breached.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the breach actually isn’t anywhere near as bad as a lot of people are making it out to be. Although it’s still highly recommended that everyone change their passwords and authentication details, the likelihood that the hackers are going to get anything of value out of the breach is actually fairly slim. Read More →

July 21, 2015 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Wordpress

Five Jaw-Droppingly Common WordPress Security Gaffes (That You Need To Avoid)

Five Jaw-Droppingly Common WordPress Security Gaffes (That You Need To Avoid)

One of the points we like to drive home at WiredTree is that WordPress is only as insecure as you make it. Provided you’re using the platform intelligently and taking all the necessary steps to keep your website safe, WordPress is as secure as any other CMS and a good deal more secure than many.

Unfortunately, the reality is that there are far too many users who don’t realize that proper management is essential for maintaining a safe and secure WordPress site. Read More →

July 16, 2015 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Webmasters

Solid State Drives Don’t Actually Have A Data Retention Problem

Solid State Drives Don’t Actually Have A Data Retention Problem

The storage industry is rich with horror stories about lost, stolen, or compromised data. From malicious insiders to ignorant employees to advanced cyber-attacks, there seems to be no shortage of threats to the safety and integrity of your organization’s data. As of today, you can apparently add one more item to that list: solid state drives.

At least, that’s the situation according to some. As is often the case in stories like this, that buzz isn’t entirely accurate. Let’s start by looking at what people are saying – then we can address it. Read More →

July 15, 2015 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Monthly Roundups

June 2015’s Best Web Design, CMS, and Security Content

June 2015’s Best Web Design, CMS, and Security Content

To do a quick recap of June. LastPass got hacked. The government got hacked. Kaspersky got hacked. Some people think web design is dead. Some people think that it isn’t. There was a really great article answering the question “What is Code?” This might be one of the most epic posts ever written on the subject and is worthy printing out for an extended read. Oh yeah, and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Go Chicago! There were also a ton of other great articles from the worlds of web design and development, content management, and cybersecurity, which you can check out below. So without further ado, enjoy this roundup of June’s best and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the year!

Web Design and Development

What is Code? – You are an educated, successful person capable of abstract thought. A VP doing an SVP’s job. Your office, appointed with decent furniture and a healthy amount of natural light filtered through vertical blinds, is commensurate with nearly two decades of service to the craft of management. Read More →

July 14, 2015 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Webmasters

What Does Facebook’s Instant Article Deal Really Mean For Content Creators?

What Does Facebook’s Instant Article Deal Really Mean For Content Creators?

A few weeks ago, Facebook released its long-anticipated CMS, known as Instant Articles. How it works is fairly simple: a publisher creates an article with its own tools, then uploads it to Facebook. It’s then immediately posted to the social network.

The publisher has complete control here. They manage ad visibility, gain full credit for any traffic the article generates, and control how their articles look and feel on the social network. They’re not locked into a content publishing deal, and can walk on the system at any time. Read More →