The WordPress platform powers an astonishing 75 million websites on the Internet, and that number was last updated in late 2016. While there are plenty of WordPress sites run and managed by large companies and publishers, the majority of them are in use by bloggers and small businesses that have little to no IT staff to keep them updated, patched, and secured.
You may not have known, but as recently as last week, WordPress found and patched a major SQL injection bug that would allow an attacker to take over your WordPress site. Like any piece of software, your WordPress website needs to be continually maintained and patched to ensure that it is secure and performs optimally. Unfortunately, most small businesses don’t update their WordPress installations unless they have a business reason to do so, meaning there is a feature of a piece of functionality they would like to add. On top of that, very few businesses routinely scan their websites for vulnerabilities that may be related to WordPress or a host of other issues related to their web server and the network it runs on. All of this adds up to a lot of WordPress sites on the Internet that are walking a dangerous tightrope of security.
So now that the hairs on your arms are standing, what is the first step you should take to ensure your WordPress website is safe? First of all, you should immediately upgrade your WordPress installation to the latest version to address the vulnerability mentioned above. Secondly, we highly recommend that you begin implementing quarterly vulnerability scans on your website to make sure you are routinely finding and addressing any other vulnerabilities that may be putting your website at risk.
At Onsharp, we provide our website customers with quarterly vulnerability scans as part of a suite of products and services that we call Website Essentials (click here to learn more). Upon completion of each scan, we automatically address any vulnerabilities found causing the scan to fail and rescan until they receive a passing score. This gives them the peace of mind they need to know their website is safe and secure.
The best way to prepare is to be one step ahead of the game. To help get you on the road to a more secure website, whether it is hosted on WordPress or not, we are offering a free, one-time vulnerability scan of your website so that you know whether or not you have security issues that need to be addressed. All you have to do is complete this form to request your free vulnerability scan. Once the scan is completed, we will send you the results by email and would be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about how to address any vulnerabilities found in the scan.
Ready to see how your website stacks up? Let us perform a free vulnerability scan on your website today!