Episode 62: 2019 Think Like a Hacker Highlights

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 the Pipdig story that created a furor earlier this year.

Thank you to everyone who sat down with us over the first year of Think Like a Hacker, and thank you to our audience for listening, commenting, and helping Think Like a Hacker become what it is. We have big plans for 2020, and we hope you join us. Happy holidays to everyone celebrating, and we’ll see you in 2020.

Here are timestamps if you’d like to jump around:
0:55 Josepha Haden on how she got involved with WordPress
1:59 Jon Brown talks about managing a remote team
3:50 Verious Smith’s entrepreneurship journey
5:40 The Pipdig story with Mikey Veenstra
6:53 Ryan Dewhurst on the WP Vulnerability Database
7:44 Brandy Lawson talks about entrepreneurship
8:42 WordPress core and signing core updates
10:19 Matt Cromwell on why open source community matters
11:37 Jennifer Bourn on the benefits of young people in WordPress
13:03 Marieke van de Rakt on Yoast Academy
14:00 Think Like a Hacker at WordCamp US

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In this episode, we look back at a few of our favorite episodes and stories during 2019.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

Please feel free to post your feedback in the comments below. What was your favorite episode of Think Like a Hacker in 2019?

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Episode 61: Improving Website Performance and User Experiences with Dave Ryan

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 Dave Ryan about these technologies, reminding us that no matter the technology we use to create a website, our decisions during development matter to the end users’ experience.

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You can find Dave Ryan on Twitter as @0aveRyan, and you can meet him at WordCamp Phoenix. Wordfence is sponsoring and we’d love to meet you there, too.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

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Podcast Episode 60: Top WordPress Influencer Lists & Chrome Password Security Improvements

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 about the WordPress community. We also talk about Google plans to give slow websites a new badge of shame in Chrome, password security updates in Chrome 79, and the DHS reconsiders a plan to use facial-recognition technology on all U.S. citizens traveling internationally.

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This week in the news we cover:

  • A WordPress top influencer list misses out on the diversity and depth of WordPress influence and contribution.
  • Google Chrome plans to warn site visitors of speed and performance problems with websites.
  • Chrome 79 launches with password protection and dozens of security fixes.
  • DHS reconsiders facial recognition technology on US travelers. The US lags behind China in number of surveillance cameras.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

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Podcast Episode 59: Mailpoet’s Kim Gjerstad on Beating Spammers and Improving Net Promoter Scores

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 abuse, a constant battle that Mailpoet is winning.

They also talk about net promoter scores and what it means for the success of a SaaS business.

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You can find Kim Gjerstad on Twitter as @kgjerstad. You can learn more about Mailpoet at mailpoet.com.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

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Episode 58: Leadership and the Business of WordPress Plugins: Lessons from the Yoast Black Friday Ad

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 challenges of running a plugin business under a freemium model. We also cover stories about AVG and Avast browser extensions, the Magento Marketplace hack, the private equity purchase of .org and a data leak affecting 1.2 billion people.

Here are approximate timestamps if you’d like to jump around:
1:10 The Yoast Black Friday Ad Controversy
9:15 Yoast’s leadership in the midst of attacks
15:00 The fremium plugin model, advertising in WordPress admin
25:17 Mozilla Removes Avast and AVG extensions
29:45 Magento Marketplace Hack
32:00 Lessons for WordPress
34:00 Private Equity purchase of .org
43:00 Leak affecting 1.2 billion people

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This week in the news we cover:

  • WP Tavern’s coverage of the Yoast Black Friday ad, and discussion on Hacker News.
  • Mozilla removes Avast/AVG browser extensions.
  • Adobe admits breach of Magento Marketplace portal. Matt Barry’s research into similar risks with the WordPress.org systems.
  • Ethos Capital is taking over .org early next year, and some are calling it the great .org heist, saying that .org was sold for half its valuation.
  • Personal And Social Information Of 1.2 Billion People Discovered In Massive Data Leak.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

Please feel free to post your feedback in the comments below.

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Podcast Episode 57: SEO Content Strategy and Lock Picking with Maddy Osman at WordCamp US

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 design and development, and also what the entrepreneurial journey has been like for her.

Maddy also shows off some of her lock picking skills she picked up while hanging out at the Wordfence booth.

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You can find Maddy on Twitter as @MaddyOsman. You can learn more about Maddy’s work at The-Blogsmith.com.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

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Episode 56: WordCamp US, WordPress 5.3 and Chrome Blocking Mixed Content

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 discuss recent updates to WordPress in version 5.3, especially some of the improvements to the new Gutenberg editor, accessibility, and site health. We also review Google Chrome’s plans to warn and block mixed content and how site owners can prepare now for these upcoming changes.

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  • Watch Open | The Community Code at open.film.
  • WordPress version 5.3 was launched on November 12 with a number of improvements to the block editor, accessibility and site health.
  • Google will warn site visitors about mixed content in December and start block mixed content in January.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

Please feel free to post your feedback in the comments below.

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Podcast Episode 55: Yoast’s Marieke van de Rakt & Michiel Heijmans at WordCamp US

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 Michiel also talk about the big changes coming in 2020 for the Yoast plugin as well as training and educational efforts via Yoast Academy.

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You can find Marieke on Twitter as @MariekeRakt and Michiel as @Michielheijmans. You can learn more about Yoast and Yoast Academy at Yoast.com.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

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Podcast Episode 54: The Hacker Mindset at WordCamp US

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 a hacker can also help you break through perceived limitations, overcome obstacles, and capitalize on opportunities to innovate.

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You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

Please feel free to post your feedback in the comments below.

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Podcast Episode 54: The Hacker Mindset at WordCamp US

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 a hacker can also help you break through perceived limitations, overcome obstacles, and capitalize on opportunities to innovate.

Find us on your favorite app or platform including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud and Overcast.

Click here to download an MP3 version of this podcast. Subscribe to our RSS feed.

You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

Please feel free to post your feedback in the comments below.

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