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.Updating your plugins takes seconds, but could make a huge difference in your website’s securityClick To Tweet
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.