Open for business!

Today marks the launch of andrewvilleneuve.com, my new business website. I’ve decided to become a security consultant, specializing in WordPress security, because it’s plain to me that there are a lot of individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and groups out there who need someone to be able to advise and assist them with locking up their websites and implementing best practices.

I’ve always been a believer in the mantra, do what you love… and I love helping people stay safe. More and more societal interaction and commerce is taking place in the digital realm, and while that presents opportunities for collaboration and networking that weren’t possible before, it also comes with downsides.

We are not doing enough to protect and safeguard our digital domains, perhaps because the Internet is still a new medium and changing rapidly. However, there are parallels between cyberspace and the physcial space we inhabit. For example, a website is analogous to a house, usernames and passwords are like keys, and emails are analogous to sensitive documents carried around in a briefcase.

Most of us would never leave our home unlocked and unprotected… we take reasonable precautions to guard against theft of our personal property and real estate. A website is no different than a house. It needs to be cared for, looked after, maintained, adequately secured.

Out of the box, WordPress is simply not secure. It’s like a brand new house that is structurally complete, with plumbing and electrical systems installed, but without improvements that would make it more secure, like a reinforced door, a guard dog, dowels in the sliding doors, or an alarm system. WordPress can be made, secure, though, and a top objective of my practice will be helping clients lock up their WordPress sites so they can greatly reduce the likelihood of being compromised.

I’m looking forward to beginning this journey and seeing where it takes me. If you’re interested in hiring me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.