Updates on WordPress security, Wordfence and what we're cooking in the lab today.

Author Archive: Mark Maunder

Wordfence Blog

Live Event: Wordfence Central Official Launch and Demo

This entry was posted in Ask Wordfence, Learning, Wordfence on February 06, 2019 by Mark Maunder   5 Replies

Today we are very excited to announce the launch of Wordfence Central. Our team has been working hard for almost a year on this ground-breaking project. Wordfence Central gives you the power of a security events and information manager for WordPress. Join me for a live event starting at 8am Pacific time, 11am EST where …
Read More

WordCamp US Recap

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on December 13, 2018 by Mark Maunder   6 Replies

WordCamp US was held in Nashville, Tennessee this year. We sponsored the event, had a booth and of course provided lock picking lessons, as has become our tradition at WordCamps. Our goal is to get you to think like a hacker, so that you can better secure your sites. Picking a lock really gets you …
Read More

How We Think About WordPress Security and Research

This entry was posted in General Security, Wordfence, WordPress Security on December 10, 2018 by Mark Maunder   3 Replies

This weekend I had a really fun conversation with Doc Pop from Torque Magazine. Torque is a great news source for WordPress news. They are part of WP Engine, but maintain editorial independence. I chatted with Doc in Nashville, in the Music City Center where WordCamp US was being held. Music City Center is an …
Read More

WordPress 5.0: How and When to Update

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on December 05, 2018 by Mark Maunder   50 Replies

WordPress 5.0 is being released tomorrow, December 6th. This release contains a major change to the WordPress editor. The new editor, code-named Gutenberg, is a substantial leap forward in functionality. It uses a new block-based system for editing which allows you to embed a wide range of content in your posts and pages, and gives …
Read More

Using PHP 5 Becomes Dangerous in 2 Months

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on October 30, 2018 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many other popular website CMSs were written in a programming language called PHP. PHP version 5 is about to reach end-of-life and will stop receiving security updates in two months. Many WordPress and other PHP websites remain on version 5.6 or older. Once support for PHP 5 ends in two months, …
Read More

Wordfence Is GDPR Compliant

This entry was posted in Wordfence on May 22, 2018 by Mark Maunder   65 Replies

Today the team at Defiant completed the required steps to make our organization and services GDPR compliant. Your starting point for Wordfence and GDPR should be the following page:¬†Wordfence and GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation page. On the above page you can find everything you need to ensure that you remain GDPR compliant while …
Read More

Wordfence GDPR Update 2: On Target For May 25th

This entry was posted in Wordfence on May 16, 2018 by Mark Maunder   21 Replies

Update: Wordfence is now GDPR compliant. Click here to learn more. Preparations to get Wordfence and our organization ready for GDPR continue at Defiant and we are on schedule. Last week we sent out an update that said we¬†are applying for the Privacy Shield certification program for both EU-US and Swiss-US and will soon have …
Read More

Introducing Discounted Hacked Site Cleanings

This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on May 15, 2018 by Mark Maunder   3 Replies

Last month we introduced ‘high demand’ pricing for our site cleaning service. We did this because demand for site cleanings is seasonal and it became a challenge for us to deal with the surges in business we would see while maintaining a high level of customer service. We have always run our site cleaning business …
Read More

Wordfence and GDPR: How The Defiant Team Are Preparing For GDPR

This entry was posted in Wordfence on May 09, 2018 by Mark Maunder   33 Replies

Update: Wordfence is now GDPR compliant. Click here to learn more. We want to send out an update on the new data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), going into effect soon and how Defiant is getting ready for it. This new European law goes into effect on May 25, 2018. It is …
Read More

WordPress: Tracking Emerging Cryptomining Threats

This entry was posted in Research, Wordfence, WordPress Security on May 08, 2018 by Mark Maunder   16 Replies

This is a post written by James Yokobosky who works on the Defiant Threat Intelligence team. In his daily job he analyzes new WordPress threats as they emerge and adds detection capability to the Wordfence malware scanner. In addition to making sure we detect new malware, James also researches the pieces of malware we find …
Read More


Protect your websites with the #1 WordPress Security Plugin

Get Premium
Over 100 million downloads

Wordfence Newsletter

Get WordPress Security Alerts and Product Updates