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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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Podcast Episode 52: Innovating for Customer Success with Andrea Zoellner

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

Andrea Zoellner has been an active organizer of WordCamp Montreal and is the Chief Content Creator at hosting provider, SiteGround. Andrea focuses on supporting SiteGround customers in the North American and English-speaking market. With a background in journalism, Andrea found WordPress as the easiest way to get online and integrate with different services. She talked …
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Podcast Episode 51: WeWork’s Financial Woes Spark Meetup RSVP Fees and the WordPress 5.2.4 Security Release

This entry was posted in Podcasts on October 16, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

This week, we cover WeWork’s failed IPO and financial woes and how this likely led to Meetup’s introduction of an RSVP fee. We discuss why this decision doesn’t bode well for WeWork’s future. We also look at the WordPress 5.2.4 security release and what fixes are included. We discuss the planned release of PHP 7.4 …
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Podcast Episode 50: Empowering WordPress Users Through Education with Jennifer Bourn

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

Jennifer Bourn has been a leader in the WordPress community for years, helping WordPress users of all experience levels get the most out of the platform. She has also created beautiful websites for recognizable brands through her design company, Bourn Creative. At WordCamp Sacramento, we talked about how the WordPress community has opened new experiences …
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Podcast Episode 49: Building Business Through Community with Lindsey Miller

This entry was posted in Podcasts on October 03, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

At WordCamp Minneapolis, our Lead Customer Service Engineer Tim Cantrell chats with Lindsey Miller about her work as Partner Marketing Manager at LiquidWeb. Tim and Lindsey also talk about the challenges of being a remote worker, and how the connections in the WordPress community can help individuals make connections that grow a business. Lindsey also …
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Podcast Episode 48: Salesforce Ventures Invests $300 Million in Automattic

This entry was posted in Podcasts on October 01, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Salesforce Ventures invested $300 million into Automattic at a $3 billion valuation. We discuss what this might mean for Automattic, the WordPress community, and the WordPress ecosystem by analyzing the roots of Salesforce and the opportunities it brings to WordPress. We also talk about features and fixes coming in November to WordPress 5.3 especially within …
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Podcast Episode 47: Staying Secure through Community Cooperation with GiveWP’s Matt Cromwell

This entry was posted in Podcasts on September 26, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

At WordCamp Sacramento, Matt Cromwell from GiveWP talked with us about how Give began, their mission of democratizing generosity, and how they handled the vulnerability disclosure from the Wordfence team. When our security researchers reached out to provide a proof of concept, the Give and Wordfence teams worked together to ensure that the vulnerability was …
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Podcast Episode 46: Zero Day Vulnerability in Rich Reviews Plugin Exploited In The Wild

This entry was posted in Podcasts on September 25, 2019 by Kathy Zant   1 Reply

We chat with Mikey Veenstra to talk about the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team’s work tracking a series of active attacks on an unpatched vulnerability in the Rich Reviews plugin for WordPress. With an estimated 16,000 installations, attackers are targeting unauthenticated plugin option updates, which can be used to deliver stored cross-site scripting (XSS) payloads. Mikey …
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