Change Your Defaults, Strengthen Your Security

Ransomware. Viruses. Data breaches. Phishing emails. Website defacement. Ad network hijacking. These are just some of the cyber threats that everyone needs to be aware of and on guard against in the second quarter century of the World Wide Web. The Internet can be incredibly useful, but it’s also home to many bad neighborhoods and bad actors. We owe it to ourselves, our business partners, our customers, and our donors to learn how to secure our websites, devices, and the sensitive data on them. Everyone benefits when we collectively make an effort to strengthen our users’ privacy and security. And the most effective way for us to practice good security hygiene is to change our defaults. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Learn how to factor security into your choices for web hosting, browsing, payment processing, themes, and plugins — and how to secure the desktop and mobile operating systems you already use. By changing your defaults, you’ll be much better protected against the hive of scum and villainy on the Internet that would do you harm.

Participants will learn how to….

  • Pick an Internet security and antivirus suite
  • Scrutinize and screen WordPress plugins and themes
  • Scan websites for security issues like a pro
  • Encrypt data using HTTPS, SFTP, PGP, and other secure protocols
  • Find documentation that explains the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  • Deploy web browser “armor” to neutralize threats
  • Create and safely store strong passwords