62 episodes

Mark Maunder co-founded Wordfence in 2011 after his WordPress site was hacked and he learned how hard it was to clean and secure. Today the team has grown to over 35 members world-wide and Wordfence protects over 3 million WordPress sites. Join Mark as he and his colleague Kathy Zant cover interesting topics related to WordPress, security and innovation. Episodes alternate between security news and interviews with innovators from WordPress and information security communities.

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Mark Maunder co-founded Wordfence in 2011 after his WordPress site was hacked and he learned how hard it was to clean and secure. Today the team has grown to over 35 members world-wide and Wordfence protects over 3 million WordPress sites. Join Mark as he and his colleague Kathy Zant cover interesting topics related to WordPress, security and innovation. Episodes alternate between security news and interviews with innovators from WordPress and information security communities.

    Think Like a Hacker: Changes Coming, 3 Critical Plugin Vulnerabilities

    Think Like a Hacker: Changes Coming, 3 Critical Plugin Vulnerabilities

    Welcome to 2020! We're making some changes to Think Like a Hacker and wanted to let you know. We're moving to an audio-only version of the podcast, publishing twice per month. We also wanted to let you know about 3 major vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins potentially affecting over 400,000 WordPress installations. Details are on the Wordfence blog as well. 

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    Episode 62: 2019 Think Like a Hacker Highlights

    Episode 62: 2019 Think Like a Hacker Highlights

    We've had quite a year with Think Like a Hacker, the podcast about WordPress, security & innovation. For our end of year episode, we take a look back at a few of our favorite interviews & news stories. We review conversations with Josepha Haden, Brandy Lawson, Jennifer Bourn, Matt Cromwell, and we look back at the Pipdig story. Thank you to everyone who chatted with us over the first year, and thank you to our audience for listening. Happy holidays to everyone celebrating, and we'll see you in 2020.

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    Episode 61: Improving Website User Experiences with Dave Ryan

    Episode 61: Improving Website User Experiences with Dave Ryan

    With Google Chrome experimenting with a badge of shame for websites that load slowly, there is a new urgency for high performance interfaces for web users. Gatsby, Gridsome & 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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    Episode 60: Top WordPress Influencer Lists & Chrome Password Security Improvements

    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 reflecting WordPress influence or contribution, & the diversity we saw during production on Open, our film project. We also talk about Google plans to give slow websites a new badge of shame in Chrome, password security updates in Chrome 79, & the DHS reconsiders a plan to use facial recognition on U.S. travelers.

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

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

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

    Yoast, the SEO plugin installed on 9 million sites, ran a Black Friday sale, experimenting with an ad in the WordPress admin dashboard. The furor was dramatic, & Yoast's CEO Marieke van de Rakt took ownership, showing exceptional leadership. We discuss the ad & the response, & the challenges of running a plugin business under a freemium model. We also cover stories about AVG & Avast browser extensions, the Magento Marketplace hack, the private equity purchase of .org & a data leak affecting 1.2 billion.

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Customer Reviews

Sukh Swaich ,

Nice one - WordPress Security Podcast by Wordfence

Just want to say thanks, such a informational podcast. Really like the interviews, I don’t mind more of those.
Cheers. Keep it up.

Rdhkeh ,

Brilliant podcast

Excellent podcast about the WordPress world and also including general security issues. Love it

endureweb ,

Fabulous!

I love this podcast, its really informative and interesting. Each time I learn something and I feel like it helps me stay up with what is going on in the security/wordpress space without having to take the time to read anything. Love it!

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