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This articles features links and information from the Peerless design Security presentation from various Drupal Camps in the Eastern US. Audio from New Jersey's impromptu presentation can be found on the Drupal Camp NJ site for 2014. The PDF version contains all info removed to accommodate time constraints. The entire presentation is available in a white paper available here.

Reports of online hacking on a grand scale are an almost daily occurrence. From credit card data breaches at Target and Home Depot to the unauthorized access of female celebrities’ personal photos from password-protected cloud accounts, it seems like everything is fair game to sinister online forces.

The Internet has come a long way since its humble beginnings in ARPANET. The rise of the smartphone has connected every corner of the globe, which means there are now hundreds of millions of potential targets for hackers.

Drupal Secured will NOT guarantee that your site does not get hacked. Drupal Secured provides a hardened, 508 compliant, old browser support for IE8 and responsive theme out of the box. It is up to you to maintain security and other provided functionality during the development, deployment and maintenance of your site. Regular audits are required to maintain the features provided. Drupal Secured give you a solid starting point for sites requiring security and 508 compliance.

2013 was a crazy year for internet security and information privacy. From Edward Snowden's NSA revelations to the Target Christmas Heist, our data was everywhere, some government, some personal. The consensus on how much privacy is enough privacy will rage on in 2014. And the proposed legislation will continue to languish as new legislation joins it.

Section 508 compliance ensures that all electronic and information technology are accessible to people with disabilities. In terms of websites this includes easy navigation, proper use of text and color to assure accessibility to web content, e.g., text description for any visuals, such that users with a disability or users that need assistive technology such as screen readers and refreshable Braille displays, can access the content.

I have heard that a lot from my web design clients through the years.  From how their users will navigate a website differently, trust me. My clients can be trusted and we won’t need that extra security step. But recently it seems to be regarding their perceived mobile audience.  If you think “your clients are different”, and a mobile presence is unnecessary, just stop and think about how many people you know in your business and personal life right now that don’t own a smartphone or tablet ?

Drupal is an open source framework for building amazing websites. Like most software companies, the Drupal community supports the most recent two Drupal releases.  Currently the community supports Drupal 6 and Drupal 7.  Drupal 8 is planned for release September 2013. Once Drupal 8 is released, the community will begin phasing out support for Drupal 6. 

Mobile First design is becoming the standard for web design. Adapting a design to be responsive after it's designed for a fixed-width screen is not an easy task.

Proposing a 'mobile first design' philosophy to clients isn't an easy sell. Your client probably expects you to design for standard-sized monitors and adapt the design for smaller devices afterwards. Designing for standard monitors first is a sure way to cost additional time and money vs. mobile first design.

Keeping a website secure requires diligence in security practices. Security updates are a necessary tool to protect websites from hackers with malicious intent.

Drupal 7 features added security for scheduled tasks and an improved password and login system. New security updates are provided as needed on a monthly schedule as new threats emerge. With the new frequency of needed security updates Drupal 7 includes tools to make updates simpler, however customized sites should always test modules on a non-production site.

Asana is a great little web application for project and task management that only seems to get better and better.  The developers at Asana really seem to take to heart the suggestions and considerations submitted by their users and always seem to deliver.  Best of all, it’s free !  I know that when you hear free you assume that you will get what you pay for and lower your expectations.  Especially for software that you will be using for business needs, it’s easy to assume that if it’s free it’s not “professional level.”  I’ll admit that if


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