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Having My Website Hacked
Was the Best Thing That
Could Have Happened to Me
I am Laura Byrne-Cristiano
I’m a WordPress user since January 2006, and this is
the story of lessons learned from a WordPress website
gone viral.
You can find me at @NewYorkerLaura
2
3
So What
Happened?
4
5
6
7
 Sleep
 Money
 Self Esteem
 Lots of intangible things
 BUT I got what I really
needed.
8
Lots of people want to
ride with you in the
limo, but what you
want is someone who
will take the bus with
you when the limo
breaks down.
—Oprah 9
10
 Dime con quién andas, y te diré
quién eres
 Think about who represents
you, and give them specific
parameters. Right person for
the right job
 If it’s not working out, let
them go. You’ll be thankful in
the long run. You can “fire” a
volunteer.
 Success is being grounded and
knowing who you are.
 You are not your perceived online
life. It’s not disingenuous to put a
limited view of yourself out there.
You don’t owe anyone more
personal access
 Do not let others define you loud
voices are frequently just loud
Build Relationships with the Neighbors…even
if you think you don’t want to
11
Websites are like
children. No one
gets to tell you
what you can do
with yours.
—Lisa Hansen
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13
 You can’t be all things to all
people. Some folks will just not like
you, AND THAT IS OK.
 It’s a big internet, they’ll find a
new place.
 If you offend apologize, make
amends, and state you learned
something new.
 No PUBLIC BATTLES…TRAIN MEET
WRECK!
Price is what you
pay. Value is what
you get.
—Warren Buffet
14
Hire Good Folks
Web hosting
Did you read the
fine print?
Security Plugins
Know what they cover
Maintenance
If you can’t do it hire
someone who can.
15
SECURITY
Admin and
Users
Admin is never, ever,
ever…trust me really
ever…A USER.
Not everyone needs
admin access
Password
Strength
Alpha numeric,
random caps and
symbols. Don’t spell
a word.
Service like LastPass
Diversify Email
Different emails to
control different
things with unique
passwords
16
You should never view your
challenges as a disadvantage…facing
and overcoming adversity is actually
one of your biggest advantages.
—Michelle Obama
17
 Book deal for ultimate guide.
 Cited as the go-to research source by
Academy Award winning director Bill
Condon.
 New career in
*Freelance writer for entertainment
websites
*Emcee for entertainment conventions
*Website content creation
*Social media management
You can find me at
@NewYorkerLaura
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Having My Website Hacked Was the Best Thing that Could Have Happened to Me

  • 1. Having My Website Hacked Was the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to Me
  • 2. I am Laura Byrne-Cristiano I’m a WordPress user since January 2006, and this is the story of lessons learned from a WordPress website gone viral. You can find me at @NewYorkerLaura 2
  • 3. 3
  • 5. 5
  • 6. 6
  • 7. 7  Sleep  Money  Self Esteem  Lots of intangible things  BUT I got what I really needed.
  • 8. 8
  • 9. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. —Oprah 9
  • 10. 10  Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres  Think about who represents you, and give them specific parameters. Right person for the right job  If it’s not working out, let them go. You’ll be thankful in the long run. You can “fire” a volunteer.  Success is being grounded and knowing who you are.  You are not your perceived online life. It’s not disingenuous to put a limited view of yourself out there. You don’t owe anyone more personal access  Do not let others define you loud voices are frequently just loud
  • 11. Build Relationships with the Neighbors…even if you think you don’t want to 11
  • 12. Websites are like children. No one gets to tell you what you can do with yours. —Lisa Hansen 12
  • 13. 13  You can’t be all things to all people. Some folks will just not like you, AND THAT IS OK.  It’s a big internet, they’ll find a new place.  If you offend apologize, make amends, and state you learned something new.  No PUBLIC BATTLES…TRAIN MEET WRECK!
  • 14. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. —Warren Buffet 14
  • 15. Hire Good Folks Web hosting Did you read the fine print? Security Plugins Know what they cover Maintenance If you can’t do it hire someone who can. 15
  • 16. SECURITY Admin and Users Admin is never, ever, ever…trust me really ever…A USER. Not everyone needs admin access Password Strength Alpha numeric, random caps and symbols. Don’t spell a word. Service like LastPass Diversify Email Different emails to control different things with unique passwords 16
  • 17. You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage…facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages. —Michelle Obama 17  Book deal for ultimate guide.  Cited as the go-to research source by Academy Award winning director Bill Condon.  New career in *Freelance writer for entertainment websites *Emcee for entertainment conventions *Website content creation *Social media management
  • 18. You can find me at @NewYorkerLaura 18

Editor's Notes

  1. Went from 30 to 500 to 1000 to OMG Added moderators without the best of parameters Knew it was a lot but no total understand of where, later realized there were thousands beyond registered users hitting us Ted who knew just enough o be dangerous leaves Lori Mods now with more unchecked power TOS that folks didn’t like and really wasn’t expressed the best way, exacerbated by mods on a power trip
  2. Working on site at first I thought it was a glitch when this came back (image) The suddenly there was a message (image) Then they decided to tell everyone were were hacked (image) (image) Cape Cod help-----then he eventually was able to get us back control (image…but wait there’s more)
  3. MTV writes article one MTV writes article two talking to unauthorized “employee” Carson Daly Stephenie has chapters taken---relatated content Avalanche of articles (3x) then advance slide to How did this feel
  4. Bus sequence
  5. You learn who your friends and allies are fast
  6. Make friends Collaborate, and operate as a group Find out what you do, what they do, and how you can help each other We were stronger together than apart
  7. You get what you pay for, read the fine print. Don’t want someone who knows just enough to be dangerous. The freaky porn story.