WordPress plugins are additional features of the renowned CMS to ensure that your website’s functionality is improved. Whether you want it to optimize for search engines, improve your client’s browsing experience or increase the website’s security, there are several plugins offered for free or at a minimal cost! Unfortunately, in spite of its capabilities, it can also increase several security issues, especially if you have chosen one that has loopholes that hackers can possibly penetrate immediately.
Plugins are indeed very helpful. In fact, it has solidified WordPress’ position in the CMS kingdom. Unfortunately, there are some developers who fail in making their offered features secured, therefore, imposing massive risks to users. You must have heard stories of websites owners experiencing several issues with their WordPress accounts, and later on finding out that these were because of the plugins they have installed before the problems arise. Deactivating these features is the only solution that they can do. If they failed to do so, their websites will continuously experience difficulties, and might even get into any phishing problems that hackers can execute, thus, their personal information – such as names, or email and financial accounts – may be exploited without their knowledge.
Security issues do not only happen to plugins from new developers. Renowned developers have also experienced attacks, just like what happened to Sucuri in 2013 wherein they have announced that their W3 Total Cache and WP Supercache plugins have experienced security flaws. They have informed their 7.5 million users to immediately deactivate these until further notice to avoid harmful damages to their websites. Just imagine how massive the damage is if they fail to immediately see that there are something wrong with their plugins.
Another issue that recently arised involved a popular SEO plugin, the SEO by Yoast, developed by the renowned Joost de Valk. He has immediately fixed the issues but this equates that again, even the most exceptional developers in WordPress could still miss appropriate safety measures or could still be susceptible to hackers’ exploitations.
WordPress users must understand that they are putting their website in the hands of plugin developers whenever they install one, thus, they have to be very careful in choosing reputable and highly managed plugins at all times. Before you install, it is advisable that you thoroughly research about your chosen plugin in order for you to be assured that there will be no loopholes that can lead to enormous risks.