Constantly we see websites are being infected when important security updates are not done regularly. Most of the software updates are done due to a security breach that has been fixed. Updating to the new version keeps your site safe from being attacked that are very likely to affect your site.
Things that shoud be updated are
This includes WordPress, the best platform you might use to build your site. Global hacked website report shows that WordPress is the CMS security plugins cleans the most at 83% of all websites cleaned. This does not necessarily mean WordPress is more or less secure than the other CMS platforms though.
Any plugin that you add to your site must be inspected properly. They all are not inherently good for your site or malware-free. Some plugins were made to be malicious, through lack of management or carelessness plugins can become malicious easily.
Some things that you must look for when adding a new plugin to your site:
Along with plugins, themes also need to be updated and “inspected”. Anywhere a hacker can utilize your site.
There are a few things to consider when adding theme software to your site:
If you find a “free” theme that has not been updated in the past 6 months, it might not be free as you think. Think of the money you might end up losing because of a vulnerability that causes your site to become infected.
Another way to keep your site clean is to ensure that your computer is malware-free. Make sure your browser and its extensions are up to date which is very important. In some rare cases, your own computer is the attack vector. Only install browser extensions and browsers from a trusted source, and be sure to update immediately when you are alerted.
The server itself is also key to maintaining a secure site. Web servers such as NGINX, Apache, IIS, etc. might not sound overly familiar to you unless you are a developer or are very familiar with your site’s setup. Whether or not you are familiar, your site has a server to connect to the internet and your server can become exposed to hacks as well. Updating is a must to stop these from happening.
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