This impressive growth has made WordPress a growing target for hackers, who look to make money by manipulating other people’s websites.
The question that many people ask is: Do I really need to carry out WordPress updates?
Let me put it this way. Would you go on vacation and leave your windows open (knowing that there are thieves in your neighborhood)? I didn’t think so.
If you don’t keep your WordPress website up to date, you’re practically ‘leaving your windows open’ for hackers to manipulate your website.
Website Security is the biggest reason to keep your WordPress site updated.
The reality is that the number of WordPress websites hacked per year is in the six figures. So you easily could be one of them.
David Gewirtz is one person who had his website hacked. He didn’t immediately notice this as when he visited his website on his PC, everything looked normal. However, one day his wife wanted to show his website to someone else using her mobile phone, and the unthinkable happened. Hackers had manipulated the website so when people visited using a mobile device, they were immediately redirected to a porn website.
Imagine how your brand image would be affected if something similar happened to you!
It turns out that David wasn’t keeping his website up to date and hackers had taken advantage of known security vulnerabilities in his old WordPress website. After this incident, he learned his lesson!
Apart from WordPress itself, your website makes use of a number of plugins and themes. Not to complicate things, but these too have to be updated. Updates for these are many times released more frequently.
A recent article by ZDNet reported that 4 very popular WordPress plugins recently suffered from security vulnerabilities. The plugins had been collectively downloaded more than 20 million times. Fixes have since been made available and those who update their website have no reason to worry.
In conclusion, if you do not want to risk tarnishing your brand and losing your website, you would do well to keep the software behind your website up to date.
Just as businesses learned to protect their IP & confidential information using anti-virus software (which always has to be updated), you must now apply the same lesson to protect their websites against the latest online threats.
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