One of the cornerstones of WordPress is its plugins. Let’s face it; WordPress plugins are essential to every WordPress website or blog. To put it another way, it’s almost impossible to run a WordPress blog without them. The fact that they’re free is also a massive plus. But what are the cons? One of the main considerations you have to ask yourself is if you have just installed a safe plugin? WordPress plugin security never even crossed my mind until I made the mistake of installing one from an untrustworthy source.
Installing a safe plugin should be paramount when managing your website or blog. They are normally developed to make life easier and productive, and they normally do that. However, not all plugins are safe.
How to Make Sure You Have a Safe Plugin
There are hundreds of thousands of plugins available on WordPress.org and a lot of them are developed by a variety of programmers. There are plugins for creating contact forms, that help you with your search engine optimisation, jQuery sliders and so many more! But what happens if you install a plugin that has some security exploits? Unfortunately, it is possible that some do slip through the net and are riddled with malware (I’ll explain what ‘malware’ is a bit further on in the article). These plugins can reap havoc on your blog security.
How do I know if I’ve installed a Safe WordPress Plugin?
Until WordPress Security Monitors came along, there was no real quick way to check if you had installed a safe plugin. WordPress Monitors check the plugins that you have installed and scan through each and every one of them, searching for security vulnerabilities.
The good WordPress Monitors will also scan for malicious code. Malicious code (also know as malware or web malware) includes Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Rootkits and more. Hackers plant malware in websites for many reasons. One of these reasons may be to disrupt your website by sending your users to other websites when they click on one of your links. If you’ve got malware on your website, it could even lead to your website being blacklisted by Google. Therefore, finding a WordPress Monitor that can scan your website for malware is imperative!.
Time to Take Your Web Application Security Seriously
So many people take their web application security for granted, until their website or blog is struck by a hacker. Unfortunately, hacking does occur and it happens to websites of all sizes. Make sure your website isn’t on the hackers’ radar by ensuring all your plugins are secure.
If you value your websites security, I definitely advise using a WordPress Monitor. How do these monitors work? Well, once your new monitor has run a complete scan of your website, it will let you know if your plugins are secure. It will also let you know which plugins needs to be updated. Even though your WordPress Monitor will tell you if your plugins are up to date, it’s good practice to update your plugins as soon as an update becomes available because if a vulnerability exists, chances are the developer of the plugin would have been notified and patched his or her plugin up.