Approximately 30% of websites are powered by WordPress. Obviously, it is an extremely popular platform for a lot of businesses. It’s also an environment that is subject to a lot of attacks trying to take advantage of vulnerabilities since it is the most popular platform. According to Bleeping Computer, WordPress related vulnerabilities increased by 300% in 2018. But wait. The base WordPress platform isn’t the problem. WordPress plugins are responsible for 98% of the WordPress vulnerabilities. Perhaps that’s an unintended consequence for being an open source platform.
The message is to be careful what plugins you use and certainly to make sure that you are up to date with patches. There are sources like Tech Republic, which identified the ten plugins most vulnerable to attacks.
- Event Calendar WD
- Ultimate Member
- Coming Soon Page
- GD Rating System
- Contact Form by WD
- From Maker
- Ninja Forms
- Affiliates Manager
- Duplicator Pro
Be especially careful if you have installed any of them. Perhaps rethink whether or not you should really have them installed on your site.
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Digital Forensics/Information Security/Information Technology