In the past week it was rather quiet. But we start with a not at all quiet topic: Brute Force attacks, probably the biggest danger for your WordPress projects (which fortunately is very easy to deal with). We also take a look at the role of WordPress in the Internet of Things and an action by Automattic, which yesterday in the USA was about nothing less than the future of the free Internet.
900 million times WordPress sites were victims of so-called brute force attacks in Mai 2017 alone. And as the number of WordPress-based websites increases, so does the risk of your WordPress projects falling victim to such an attack. While the sheer numbers make brute force attacks a real danger, in practice you can defend yourself against the automated attacks relatively easily. We have the most important facts for you.
The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) describes the development towards networking internet-capable devices with each other, for example in the household or in industry. Since about 28.3 percent of the 10 million largest websites are currently running on WordPress, Nick Schäferhoff explores the exciting question of what role WordPress will play in this and what dangers the IoT brings with it.
Simple gimmicks, such as lighting up a lamp with every new sale or comment, can already be implemented with various tools in WordPress. With the help of the WP REST API, which is specifically designed to integrate WordPress with external services, much more complex applications of the IoT will probably be possible in the future.
A protest for the preservation of net neutrality took place in the USA on Wednesday. This is because the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to abolish net neutrality again, even though it was only protected by law by the Democrats in 2015. For example, Internet providers are currently not allowed to favor services or content over others by providing them with more bandwidth. If the FCC succeeds with its plan, this could mean that a kind of two-tier Internet emerges in the US. WordPress users were able to join the digital protest yesterday with the "Fight for Net Neutrality plugin" - developed by Automattic specifically for the protest.
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Call of the WCEU 2018 Orga Team
The organizers of WordCamp Europe 2018 are still looking for organizers for the tasks Communications, Community, Design, Local, Public Relations, Photography, Speakers, Sponsors and Volunteers.
WPCampus 2017: Free livestream
On July 14-15, the second WPCampus event will take place in Buffalo, USA. The vision of the annual conference is "to advance higher education by providing a support structure and wealth of knowledge for anyone who uses, or is interested in using, WordPress in the world of higher education". You can watch the sessions for free in the livestream. Due to the time difference, the first session will start at 15:30 instead of 9:30.