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Episode 62: 2019 Think Like a Hacker Highlights

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 20, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

We’ve had quite a year with Think Like a Hacker, the podcast about WordPress, security and innovation. For this end of year episode, we take a look back at a few of our favorite interviews and news stories. We review conversations with Josepha Haden, Brandy Lawson, Jennifer Bourn, Matt Cromwell, and we look back at …
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Episode 61: Improving Website Performance and User Experiences with Dave Ryan

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 18, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

With Google Chrome experimenting with a badge of shame for websites that load slowly in Chrome, there is a new urgency for high performance interfaces for web users. Gatsby, Gridsome and other static site interfaces are hot in the development community right now, especially when talking about headless WordPress. At WordCamp US, Mark chats with …
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Podcast Episode 60: Top WordPress Influencer Lists & Chrome Password Security Improvements

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 12, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

A small furor erupted over a top influencers in WordPress list that neglected to show the diverse nature of the WordPress community. We talk about the impossibility of making an accurate list that reflects the true nature of WordPress influence or contribution, and the diversity we saw during our work on Open, our film project …
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Podcast Episode 59: Mailpoet’s Kim Gjerstad on Beating Spammers and Improving Net Promoter Scores

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 10, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Kim Gjerstad, one of the founders of Mailpoet, visited with Mark at the Wordfence booth at WordCamp US. Kim and Mark talked about the origins of Mailpoet, the plugin that gives users a full email management system within the WordPress administrative dashboard. They talk about email deliverability as well as the challenges of fighting email …
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Episode 58: Leadership and the Business of WordPress Plugins: Lessons from the Yoast Black Friday Ad

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 06, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Yoast, the SEO plugin installed on 9 million WordPress sites, ran a Black Friday sale, experimenting with an ad in the WordPress admin dashboard. The internet furor was dramatic, and Yoast’s CEO Marieke van de Rakt took ownership, showing exceptional leadership. We discuss the ad and the response from both users and competitors and the …
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Podcast Episode 57: SEO Content Strategy and Lock Picking with Maddy Osman at WordCamp US

This entry was posted in Podcasts on November 22, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Maddy Osman is a SEO content strategist that has worked with a number of familiar brands in both the WordPress and SaaS spaces. She spoke at WordCamp US and took some time to chat with us at the Wordfence sponsor booth. Maddy talks about how she got started in SEO content strategy after doing web …
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Episode 56: WordCamp US, WordPress 5.3 and Chrome Blocking Mixed Content

This entry was posted in Podcasts on November 20, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

In Episode 56, we review the premiere of Open, The Community Code, a film about the WordPress community that world premiered at Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word Keynote at WordCamp US. Mark and Kathy talk about what it was like watching friends in the community see the film for the first time. We also …
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Podcast Episode 55: Yoast’s Marieke van de Rakt & Michiel Heijmans at WordCamp US

This entry was posted in Podcasts on November 14, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

At WordCamp US in Saint Louis, Mark sat down with Yoast CEO Marieke van de Rakt and COO Michiel Heijmans in the Wordfence booth to talk about not only how Yoast began, but also how they’ve grown to over 9 million active installations and the challenges of managing such a large user base. Marieke and …
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Podcast Episode 54: The Hacker Mindset at WordCamp US

This entry was posted in Podcasts on November 08, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Kathy Zant gave a presentation about The Hacker Mindset at WordCamp US 2019 in St. Louis. Learning to think like a hacker in the security realm is a big part of keeping your assets safe, and there are additional benefits. Kathy illustrates how the hacker mindset is much more than protecting your site. Thinking like …
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Podcast Episode 53: WordCamp US 2019 Preview from St. Louis

This entry was posted in Podcasts on October 31, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Mark and Kathy connect in person on Halloween in St. Louis to talk about what’s happening at WordCamp US. We review what’s new at WCUS, some of the more interesting sessions, and all of the fun activities Wordfence is bringing to North America’s largest WordCamp. Kathy and Mark also tear down the 4th wall to …
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