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Are Your WordPress plugins putting your website at risk?

In September, a security vulnerability was found in a popular WordPress plugin – Display Widgets. The plugin, which had over 200,000 installs, was inserting content into sites from external servers and collecting visitor data without permission.

Although this particular case is rare, website owners should be mindful of the plugins they choose to use and how often they are updated.

Thousands of themes and plugins have been created to extend your WordPress website’s design and functionality, making it highly versatile for a business in any sector. However, WordPress is such a popular system that it can become vulnerable to hack attempts.

Most of the time, the only reason your WordPress will get exploited is personal negligence, such as not keeping on top of website maintenance. Website maintenance, such as reviewing and updating your plugins, should be done regularly by somebody within your organization, or if you don’t have someone with the capacity or expertise, this can easily be outsourced.

How can you minimize risk to your site?

Although you cannot completely eliminate the possibility of an online attack, keeping your WordPress core, themes, and plugins up to date will reduce the chances that hackers will succeed in penetrating your site.

Many business owners believe that once they have hired someone to launch their site, all the hard work is done, and they can leave it to do its thing. No one has ever told them their website needs regular upkeep to stay secure. Alas, as with most things, if you neglect regular maintenance, eventually, something will break.

Many websites are running on outdated versions of WordPress with plugins that need to be updated. Still, the fear of technology is another reason some business owners leave this untouched. However, leaving your website running on outdated technology keeps you wide open to being a victim of hack attacks.

Updating WordPress will give you peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to keep your site secure. Having a plan for who will update your plugins and how often this will be done means you are far less likely to deal with a hacked site.

There are three options for maintaining your WordPress site and plugins. You can do it yourself, pay an employee, or outsource it to a professional who will update your site as soon as updates are available.

Whatever you choose, the important thing is to have a plan. Figure out who will do the updates and make sure they happen. All software needs regular updates, and your website is something you can’t afford to ignore.

If you decide to outsource your website maintenance, look at our WordPress Maintenance Plans to find the best option to suit your business requirements.

We have developed a premium quality support and maintenance service for all WordPress website owners, delivering total peace of mind. Taking a proactive approach to security and maintenance can put you ahead of 70% of WordPress websites and save you from falling victim to attacks that could be easily preventable. It’s not something you can afford to leave until a later date, so act now to keep your site secure.

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