This week: WordPress 5.7, GraphQL, 10up’s 10th birthday, Elementor ad causes dispute, unit testing in WordPress, and much more.
Lesley is the co-founder of Newsletter Glue, a lightweight newsletter builder that connects to multiple email service providers, letting you send newsletters without leaving WordPress. In past lives, she ran a digital marketing agency, worked in advertising, taught freediving professionally, was a partner in a craft beer brewery and spent too many years working in the government.
This week, I want to talk about basic internet security, password managers and 2FA.
People often put off learning about this stuff because it’s intimidating, boring or both. To counter this, I’ve curated a list of the most interesting security stories I know, coupled with simple password tools and checklists. Get your bearings on online security and be entertained at the same time.
In this podcast interview, criminal-turned-consultant, Frank Abagnale shares some of his stories and insights into criminal minds. He explains how the systems we use daily are vulnerable not through complex hacks but via simple workarounds like a hacker making a phone call to get your personal information.
I read Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale as a teenager and loved it. It’s hard to believe Frank Abagnale (played by Tom Hanks in the movie version) got away with the things he did!
Learn the problem with weak passwords, the case for using different passwords across all your accounts, and why you should use a password manager.
When he’s not writing about the basics of online security, Troy Hunt runs Have I Been Pwned?, an extensive database allowing you to check if your account details have been captured by hackers. I first started using a password manager and implemented SSL on all my sites because of him.
A very long, but very hilarious story about a regular guy who found the former Australian Prime Minister’s passport details online and actually managed to get in touch with the Prime Minister to tell him!
You’d never think a story about boarding pass QR codes would have you laughing out loud, but I guarantee this one will.
Elementor used the phrase “WordPress full site editing” for its paid advertising on Google, which unleashed a storm in certain circles. Some find using the phrase that recently promoted Gutenberg misleading.