Important – new privacy centre & how do YOU hold user data on your WordPress site?

Do your WordPress sites contain EU user or customer data?  If so, today is GDPR day which means you now legally need to consider the privacy and security of their data whether or not you’re in the EU.

If you backup your WordPress site with EU user data, then you need to consider the security of those backups. UpdraftPlus Premium can protect the customer data in your backups by encryption and lock settings access. It can also delete old backups, which is another important consideration as you mustn’t keep unused EU user data under GDPR.

If you’d like to see our own privacy policies on how we protect your data (or unsubscribe from this newsletter), then we’ve built a helpful privacy centre here.

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Happy Birthday, Keyy!

Happy Birthday, Keyy!

One year ago, our superhero 2-factor authentication plugin and app were born.

Keyy allows you to login without the faff of usernames and passwords. Just open the Keyy app on your mobile, point it at your screen and viola! You’re in.

Plus, because it uses RSA public-key cryptography, its security is second-to-none. There’s no vulnerable central database of the user profile and login details, there’s no risk of any of the usual password-stealing hacks (for the obvious reason that there aren’t any passwords to steal!). If you do lose your mobile, the digital key is safe with Android Keystore or Apple Keychain.

Keyy is an absolute dream to use, and (unsurprisingly), the reviews have been glowing. One guy wrote: “Someday, all who draw breath will use Keyy! This app is meant to be used by all mankind.”

And it’s true! If you haven’t yet experienced the wondrously simple login experience of Keyy, you’re missing out! It turns a chore into a pleasure. There’s something extraordinarily smug about a secure login that’s absurdly simple to use.

What could be better? Ah, we know: a special, birthday deal: get Keyy today, and enjoy 25% off with coupon code Keyy1stBirthday. Make Keyy’s first birthday one to remember: find out more https://getkeyy.com.

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Cybercrime Basics

Cybercrime Basics

We are hooked on the internet and demand to be connected to the digital world 24/7. Our reliance on the online world and willingness to divulge our personal information with websites creates unique opportunities for criminals to steal our data, an extremely valuable commodity that can be exploited for vast profit.

Many people fail to recognize just how much of a widespread issue cybercrime is and as a result, fail to sufficiently protect themselves against it. Every individual and business with an online presence is vulnerable.

Although cybercrime cannot be stopped entirely, we can still take important measures to prevent it, which is why the cybersecurity industry is now worth a staggering $120 billion, a figure only likely to rise over the next few years. Even free anti-virus software like Avast can help protect against malware threats, which is why every computer or mobile device should have it installed.

To learn more about cybercrime and the role it’s now playing in our world, take a look at the infographic below.

The article was written by Josh Wardini, a Community Manager at Webmastersjury.

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How to build a plugin company: how we grew from one man to a global business on 4 continents with 3 million users including NASA, P&G and Microsoft

How to build a plugin company: how we grew from one man to a global business on 4 continents with 3 million users including NASA, P&G and Microsoft

In mid-2011, our current Head Developer David Anderson came across Updraft, a free backup plugin first released back in 2010 by a guy called Paul Kehrer. Impressed with its ease of use and ability to restore files, David began using it, tweaking and updating it with new code along the way. Wanting to share the improvements he’d made to Updraft with others, David got in touch with Paul (who’d by then moved on).

Here’s the question that began it all:

Paul responded positively: “A patch like this sounds pretty fantastic and I’d love for someone with more time/energy to take over Updraft if you’re still interested.” And so it began: released in August 2011, UpdraftPlus 0.1 was clean, updated (to work with WordPress 3.2), and had a new encryption feature for backups.

David made various improvements throughout the following 14 months, tinkering with a hobbyist’s obsession until 2012 when his life circumstances changed and he suddenly had more time to commit to the project. The more changes David made, the more positive feedback he received from users, who spurred him on to continue the good work.

.When users started to say things like “I’d pay for a version with this-or-that in it”, David developed paid add-ons, and UpdraftPlus became a commercial enterprise. Officially registered in January 2013, Updraftplus.com launched its first website soon after, initially geared towards documentation and user support with a couple of simple add-ons available via WooCommerce.

UpdraftPlus became a full-time project for David. It grew fast, acquiring new features and capabilities that surpassed those of long-established paid plugins. Tens of thousands of downloads turned into hundreds of thousands and Joe Miles came on board as Director of Business Strategy, along with other full-time employees and accountants.

UpdraftPlus started to overtake established players. Today, it’s WordPress’s most popular backup plugin, with over a million active installs, which puts us in the top 20 most popular WordPress plugins in the world.

We’ve also got the highest star rating of any WordPress backup plugin (4.9 out of 5). Our reputation is extremely important to us, and we work hard to not only maintain high standards but also to continually develop new add new functionality and improved user experience.

We offer our users the highest number of cloud storage providers. We’ve also developed our own cloud storage, UpdraftPlus Vault, which is backed behind the scenes by the power and reliability of Amazon’s market-leading computing services. In October 2016, we released UpdraftCentral, a powerful remote control for WordPress that allows users to backup, restore and migrate multiple websites from a single dashboard.

We’ve also started to expand our plugin portfolio through acquisition. As David says, we have a great and growing team, a lot of experience in the internals of WordPress and also a lot of users who trust and depend on us. There’s plenty of opportunities for us to expand.”

At the end of 2016, we acquired the popular and highly-rated database clean-up plugin, WP-Optimize, which helps websites to run at optimal efficiency without the need for manual requests. In June 2017, we acquired Metaslider, a hugely popular plugin that makes it easy to create professional-looking sliders. At the start of 2018, we assimilated Easy Updates Manager, a neat little plugin that allows users to customise automatic updates on individual aspects of the WordPress core (including major, minor and development updates) as well as all themes, plugins, browsers, translations.

Today, thanks to the support of our customers, our plugins are installed on more than 3 million sites. This makes us one of the most installed plugin companies and as a result, the UpdraftPlus team has more than 15 people across four continents.

We’re always looking for the best coders, and also someone in marketing.  If you’re interested in working for UpdraftPlus please apply here: https://updraftplus.com/updraftplus-hiring-wordpress-plugin-developer-wanted/.

 


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