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We are thrilled to announce that IFBC is coming back to Seattle in 2014!

Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, IFBC was the first-ever conference for food bloggers, first held in May of 2009. The series focuses on three themes: Food, Writing, and Technology. This event will feature high-quality educational sessions, personal networking opportunities, and what 95% of attendees say is the best food and wine of any blogging conference! Join us for our SIXTH annual conference in beautiful Seattle, Washington!

Dates: September 19 - 21, 2014
Location: The Westin Seattle
Registration Fee: $395 / $95

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*The cost of registration for all participants is $395. However, for food bloggers with an active blog who agree to write at least three posts about the conference, the cost is only $95. You can choose to write about anything you want - the conference itself, the venue, the sponsors, or the food - and can do so before, during, or immediately after the conference. This is our way of supporting food bloggers as you attempt to make a living (or cut costs from) your food blogging.

Salty’s world-class restaurants give you your choice of everything from live Dungeness crab and Maine lobster (they're swimming in our saltwater tanks in the lobby) to wild Alaskan salmon and halibut in season, oysters and clams from local northwest beaches. Or, perhaps you're in the mood for a hearty portion of USDA prime aged charbroiled steak, chicken, pasta, luncheon sandwiches or soup and a salad — all fresh, and expertly prepared. To complement your meal, order wine from an extensive list of outstanding northwest and world-class selections. If it's the weekend, consider our spectacular Sunday brunch (on Saturdays, too, at our location in Seattle) — it's a fresh seafood spread like none you've seen elsewhere.


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Southern cooking is a testament to The Kingfish Cafe’s past and present. Reunions, holidays, and other special occasions are times when the menu is just as important as the guest list. With that in mind, during the spring of 1997, we opened The Kingfish Café—a tribute to our family and the food we grew up on.

Many of our recipes are foods that we were raised on, while others were created under the direction of our chef, Kenyetta Carter, and our amazing staff. Soulfully cooked food is richly flavored, passed down from generation to generation, and filled with tradition and history. We are firm believers in simple pleasures, and we are delighted to share our version of Southern hospitality with you.


 

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Blackfish pays tribute to Pacific Northwest cuisine. Long a staple of Tulalip dining, salmon is prepared using traditional tribal techniques over an open firepit with ironwood sticks. Oysters are shucked to order and fresh fish is prepared daily. Blackfish also features an extensive list of Northwest wines and local micro brews.

The Tulalip Resort and Casino gives you the chance to experience impeccable service, unrivaled rewards and the most cash back of any Washington casino. The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort Casino is among the premier destinations in Washington State offering luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining options, a rejuvenating spa, casino excitement and world-class shopping.

 

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Asian inspiration meets Tulalip hospitality at Journeys East, a blend of cuisine and culture in a modern, Zen-like setting. Wood, metal and glass combine in a harmonious décor. A centrally located display kitchen features offerings from Japan, Thailand, China, Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, a phenomenal sake selection and award-winning wines. Then partake in such shareable delights as Thai noodles, Chinese fried rice, wok-fired items, handmade dim sum, made-to-order sushi, Pho and tempuras. Dine in or take out. No passport required. Just an appetite for a delectable experience.

The Tulalip Resort and Casino gives you the chance to experience impeccable service, unrivaled rewards and the most cash back of any Washington casino. The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort Casino is among the premier destinations in Washington State offering luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining options, a rejuvenating spa, casino excitement and world-class shopping.

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A few weeks ago, the Sucuri team was at HostingCon. We rubbed elbows with the people who bring your websites to the world and spoke at length with them about the importance of website security. However, the most interesting conversation we had over the whole week was with a small business owner on vacation with his family.

After a long day with the rest of the tech world, we needed to get a bite to eat and we decided to wait at the bar while the restaurant got our table ready. While there, we started talking to a man sitting next to us. As it turns out, he owns an auto body business in the Philadelphia area. Eventually, our new friend asked us what we were doing in Miami so we told him that we helped to run a firm focused on website security and, from our perspective, that’s when the conversation got really interesting.

That’s for big websites, right?

Our new friend knew about the data breaches at the big retailers like Target and then went on to tell us, “But I’m not worried, because I have a really simple website and just ask people to fill out a form so we can contact them later.”

My partner and I were floored when he told us that. But should we have been? When you live every day in the security space, it can be easy to forget that the rest of the world doesn’t live there with you.

We usually use our blogto break security news and to educate the community about the latest malware removal techniques we’re pioneering, but the more we learned about our new friend’s business, the more apparent it became that we also have an obligation to translate the language of website security so that website owner’s everywhere understand its importance. In that spirit, here’s a security primer for the everyday blogger, website enthusiast and small business owner on why security is important for their site.

What would a hacker want with my website?

Almost every employee at Sucuri has their own, much smaller, website, and each of us also monitors and protects our site because we know that they’re prime targets for hackers and the reason for that is that most website owners aren’t also security experts.

A big company, like Target, is a high-value target because a hacker network could make a large amount of money by bypassing their security. However, this is a high-risk strategy. Target is big enough that they have security analysts who work to keep that from happening. Alternatively, a hacker could automate an attack against 1,000 small websites with website operators and owners who know very little about security and while those 1,000 websites may not have much traffic on a per-website basis, they have lots of traffic when aggregated together. Once a network of websites is in place, the hacker can relatively easily begin to monetize his work.

Going back to our auto body shop friend, it isn’t hard to imagine a time when a hacker quickly phishes his form page to redirect information away from the site and harm potential customers, and the scary thing is that the website owner wouldn’t even know about it until someone alerted them to the problem. If that ever happens, and his site is blacklisted by Google, it will be amazing how quickly website security becomes the most important thing in his life.

But I don’t take credit cards. Why am I at risk?

It is true that the moment your website begins taking credit card payments, you might as well raise your hand and tell attackers, “My website is now a target.” However, the real truth is that every website, big and small, is always a target.

The crux of the problem is that attackers can make money in many different ways. They may be redirecting your traffic to auto loan or porn sites or they may poison your search engine results with pharmaceutical listings. They can add phishing pages to your site in an attempt to get your customers or visitors to give them personally identifiable information or credit card information and in all of these situations, they’re taking advantage of the work you’ve put in to drive traffic. If you’re not protecting yourself from attack then there are two factors, one economic and the other psychological, that you need to be aware of, because in many ways a website attack is much more devastating for a small business or website than for a large one.

First, you need to be sure that your site can sustain a loss in traffic or a loss in credit card transactions for a month or two months or six months, while the malware is in effect. When you don’t have a lot of traffic to lose in the first place and your website is hacked, it could take a very long time for those people who were scared away to come back. So, while Neiman Marcus can certainly sustain a data breach, you may be at a greater risk, relatively.

The second reason it’s more devastating is psychological. Unlike a big corporation, a lot of small business owners and bloggers feel a personal connection with their customers and readers. When you get hacked, you put them at risk and it feels terrible because you feel personally responsible for whatever pain or hassle you cause to these customers and readers.

How can you protect yourself?

The best way to protect your website is by layering different levels of protection that can be broken down into four logical steps.

1.    Awareness of the problem

2.    Understand the symptoms of attacks

3.    Take steps to fix the root problem (malware) of attacks

4.    Protect your website with a firewall

It’s by design that each step above flows into the next. As you move down the rabbit hole of security, what becomes clear is that attacks are always evolving and that it would be a full-time job to keep up with it (in fact, it’s our full time job). As you can see, the first step is awareness. Be aware that there are people out there who would take advantage of your website. Second, learn a little bit about the symptoms of attack. Have customers recently complained that they’ve been redirected off of your site when clicking links? Have readers complained that they’ve seen a strange form when clicking a link? If so, then take steps to root out problems, such as running your site through our SiteCheck security scan. Better yet, just remove all doubt and protect your website by shielding it with our CloudProxy Firewall for just $9.99/mo. Is that a shameless plug? Sure it is, but we plug CloudProxy because we believe in the safety it provides for you and for those who visit your website (not to mention that it also protects your investment–emotional and monetary– in your site). In addition, every website we protect is one more website towards our goal of making the web a safer place and that’s something we can all be in favor of.

 

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Only $95 for active food bloggers

$395 for non-blogger participants (industry, media relations professionals, etc.)

Who Should Attend

Bloggers, Food Writers & Cookbook Authors

Publishers, Agents & Editors

Food Brand / Restaurant Marketers

Public Relations Professionals

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