I am honored to have been invited to write a guest post on the subject of WordPress security for WriteSpeakSell.com. The post has been published and is now visible here. Many thanks to Jeannette, writer-in-chief of WriteSpeakSell.com, for the opportunity.
WordPress Security Isn’t “Set and Forget”
As many of you know, WordPress security is a favorite subject of mine. I appreciate the opportunity to spread the word about security and offer information that will help keep others’ sites safe. Security isn’t a set-and-forget proposition. It requires ongoing maintenance to keep up with the evolving landscape.
Change at “Internet speed”
Things change very rapidly today. Computers get more powerful, software evolves, and both can be used to automate both legitimate and illegitimate activities. The Black Hats have the same tools we do, and in some cases better and faster tools. Just like a football game, the advantage and momentum shift back and force between the offense (the bad guys) and the defense (us). Because we’re on the defensive side, we’re always reacting to both old (known) and new (unknown) tactics aimed at compromising our sites’ security.
Fortunately, the WordPress developers are constantly looking for and fixing security flaws that show up in the core WordPress software. Responsible plugin and theme authors are doing the same, but they can’t maintain our sites for us. It’s up to us to keep things current so that the latest known threats are handled.
If there’s anything I can do to help you keep your site safe, please don’t hesitate to contact me.