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A group for those in nonprofit IT decision-making roles to connect with peers and share best practices. This Technology Decision Makers group is for nonprofit IT or MIS Directors/Managers as well as CIOs and CTOs to connect with their peers and share best practices. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: hardware and software management, product reviews, emerging technology, best practices, collaborating effectively with other departments, and management conundrums. Membership is restricted to IT staff at nonprofit organizations.

Update your WordPress site to 5.2.4 Security Release

  • 1.  Update your WordPress site to 5.2.4 Security Release

    Posted Oct 15, 2019 17:10
    Edited by Chuck Spidell Oct 16, 2019 16:27

    Here are nine things you should be doing to prevent attacks on your WordPress website.

    1. Audit your plugins and delete old or unused ones
    2. Update your plugins and the core software
    3. Back up your data off-site every day on a separate server
    4. Avoid using "admin" as a username
    5. Create strong-passwords-that-are-long-with-hyphens
    6. Stop using generic hosting and upgrade to a managed provider
    7. Use HTTPS to secure your donation form and user data
    8. Add two-factor authentication to your login page
    9. Use a firewall to stop hackers from entering through back doors


    It doesn't matter what size your organization is because hackers don't discriminate and be aware that incidents have increased in the last five years.

    The data that's collected on your website's donation, membership, and fundraising pages are valuable and what they want to steal.

    The last thing you want on your plate is dealing with a website that's been hacked due to human error and monthly site neglect.

    WordPress 5.2.4 Security Release just came out and I highly recommend updating your software to stay protected.

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    https://wordpress.org/news/2019/10/wordpress-5-2-4-security-release/



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    Chuck Spidell
    The Nonprofit WordPress Security Expert
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  • 2.  RE: Update your WordPress site to 5.2.4 Security Release

    Posted Oct 16, 2019 09:46
    Chuck,

    I really like wpengine as a hosting partner because of these points.ย  With their new platform they do the backups and code updates (core and extension) for you. Have you looked at them for automating many of these cybersecurity issues?

    Steve

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    Steve Haviland
    CEO
    Wichita Falls, TX
    940.692.1119
    www.thinkofitwichitafalls.com
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  • 3.  RE: Update your WordPress site to 5.2.4 Security Release

    Posted Oct 16, 2019 11:06

    I second the recommendation for WPEngine.

    They are great about doing the automatic backups and updates and the pricing is reasonable.  Help desk has been good as well.

     

    Beth Camero

    Technology Manager

    Quality Care Health Foundation

    California Association of Health Facilities

    916-432-5183

     




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  • 4.  RE: Update your WordPress site to 5.2.4 Security Release

    Posted Oct 16, 2019 16:28

    @Beth Cameroย glad to hear it and @Steve Haviland, WP Engine is great!

    I wanted to share with the community in case members weren't aware of the latest security release.

    I wrote an article about the top four web hosting providersย for nonprofits using WordPress if it's also helpful. โ€‹โ€‹



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    The Nonprofit WordPress Security Expert
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