As a business with an online presence, there’s a good chance that the security of both your data and your customers is one of your top priorities. And, even though you may not be convinced your website is large enough, you can as easily be the next victim as a multi-million dollar website that has countless users each day. But what makes WordPress websites a target for hackers? Continue reading to learn some of the common reasons.
There’s a common misconception that because WordPress is open-source, it doesn’t provide the same level of security that other CMS platforms would. As the leading website design platform used on the Internet, we are happy to tell you that the built-in security features are often more robust than those you would find with competitors and there are several ways you can work to further improve that security. In this article, we will look at some easy ways to protect your WordPress website and maintain high levels of security.
With the growing importance of privacy awareness as a result of the new GDPR law that was implemented in the EU on May 25, 2018, WordPress is encouraging its users to take advantage of the new privacy features that are available in their most recent core update. This enforced law ensures that websites and the businesses that run them remain transparent about the personal data that they store, use or share. To help accommodate this transition, WordPress 4.9.6 has been released as a Privacy and Maintenance release.
If you are running an outdated version of WordPress you likely received a Google Search Console email recently recommending that you manually update your WordPress core file. Because WordPress powers nearly 60% of all websites on the internet, this shouldn’t be a surprise as Google continues to work towards improved internet security and an exceptional user experience. To ensure this, it appears Google now monitors your WordPress version and provides reminders when updates haven’t been completed for critical security flaws that haven’t been corrected.
As you are likely aware, WordPress has quickly solidified its place as the top CMS used worldwide. Each month, WordPress issues Maintenance Updates that for FREE to not only improve the functionality of the Content Management System but provide critical security updates anytime vulnerabilities are identified. However, it is astonishing how many business owners don’t update WordPress regularly because they don’t know how or aren’t comfortable doing it without help.
If you use any online software during your day to day business tasks, you likely have started to receive messages about the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, law that will be going into effect on May 25, 2018. This new European Union privacy law will serve as a replacement to the existing European Data Protection Directive to bring EU member states under a single umbrella that can be enforced by one data protection law. The GDPR establishes clear regulations and guidelines on how businesses or online entities are able to securely process, use, exchange or store data.