There seems to be a common perception these days that most cyberattacks are carried out by sophisticated criminal enterprises, but this is false. Most cyber-criminals are opportunists looking for the path of least resistance.
ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2020
SEOHost.net, a leading domain registration, SSL service, and SEO hosting provider, announced the importance of updating WordPress to protect their data.
“By keeping plugins and installation up to date, you can significantly reduce the risk of suffering a successful cyberattack,” said SEOHost COO Terry Cane. “Not only that, but there are also plenty of SEO-related reasons to keep your site secure. A compromised website can and will suffer on the SERP, and it can be difficult to recover after something like that.”
According to a report published by cybersecurity agency Sucuri, 90 percent of all hacked content management system sites in 2018 were running WordPress. According to the agency, experts blamed the vulnerabilities primarily on plugins and themes, configuration problems, and a lack of maintenance on the part of webmasters. Cane said this is not a great surprise.
“WordPress’s versatility is certainly a huge draw of the platform, but the main reason it’s so popular is that it’s easy to use. With its plugin ecosystem and simple interface, it allows anyone to create a website containing anything they can think of,” she said.
Unfortunately, Cane said this means that a large percentage of WordPress webmasters aren’t particularly educated in or aware of cybersecurity. As a result, they’re more likely to engage in bad practices such as poor password hygiene, installing too many plugins, or downloading plugins/themes from unknown third-party sources.
“The most egregious thing I see novice webmasters do - and arguably the most damaging - is slacking on patches,” says Cane. “There seems to be a common perception these days that most cyberattacks are carried out by sophisticated criminal enterprises, but this is false. Most cyber-criminals are opportunists looking for the path of least resistance.”
Indeed, the majority of data breaches are the result of identified vulnerabilities. Criminals bank on finding unpatched websites. And on WordPress, these websites exist in droves.
Cane recommends that users not only patch their WordPress installation but also look into installing the requisite security plugins to protect themselves against everything from spam to malware to targeted attacks.
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