Not too long ago, the Internet was buzzing with new reports of hacking attempts thanks to weak spots or loopholes in certain WordPress plugins. Among the affected were popular plugins like SEO by Yoast, Jetpack, WordPress SEO, Google Analytics by Yoast, All In one SEO and Gravity Forms.
Due to these plugin flaws, companies experienced new hack attempts and general wonkiness in regard to the function of their sites. In the past, I’ve discussed different ways to help make your site hacker proof, but the act of updating plugins, a step that takes seconds, could make a huge difference in your site’s security.[clickToTweet tweet=”Updating your plugins takes seconds, but could make a huge difference in your website’s security. via terrygreen3309″ quote=”Updating your plugins takes seconds, but could make a huge difference in your website’s security”]
Updating plugins is something users tend to do only when they see the, “there’s a new version of __available, update now” prompt alongside their WordPress plugins. But to continually protect their site, managers/owners must mindfully add “update WP plugins” to their weekly and monthly to-do list.
How to Mass Update Your Plugins: Once logged into the WP Dashboard, scroll down and select “Installed Plugins.” From the Bulk Actions drop-down menu choose Update and then click “apply.” WordPress will update all of the plugins that are active and installed. Along with being more secure, updating the plugins often adds new features and benefits.
So, if you use WordPress, now is the time to update your plugins!
Please note that before attempting to update your WordPress plugin to the next version, it is ALWAYS best to back up your site first to avoid any issues or problems.
Contact us to have us put this on OUR to-do list to do for you each month. We’re here to help!
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up ecommerce solutions, membership sites, web design and maintenance, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our bi-weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!