About Andrew

I am…

  • a lifelong Washingtonian and resident of the Pacific Northwest;
  • the founder of the Northwest Progressive Institute;
  • a co-lead for the Seattle WordPress community,
  • co-chair of the Washington State Democratic Party’s Advocacy Committee and member of its Central Committee (WSDCC);
  • passionate about progressive politics and free software, especially WordPress. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, gardening, and watching cross country races.

In years past, I have been…

  • a co-organizer of WordCamp Seattle;
  • a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Barack Obama (2012) and Bernie Sanders (2016);
  • a summer organizing fellow for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

And, as the heading above says, I am a WordPress security analyst.

As a blogger and developer, I know how difficult building a first-class website can be. Most entrepreneurs and activists who publish online want to be able to focus on creating content that will draw in visitors. Great software like WordPress makes doing this much easier, but WordPress isn’t invulnerable.

If you run WordPress yourself, then you need to be concerned about how well protected your installation is. Your web host may be responsible for the security of their systems, but you are responsible for the software you run on them. That includes WordPress. If your content is important to you, you owe it to yourself to make the security of your site a priority. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you do this, like BulletProof Security.

I encourage you to download my presentation on hardening WordPress to learn how you can take steps to protect yourself and your firm from harm. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.