Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Uneducated WordPress users are pressing the self-destruct button
Content Management Systems (CMS) may not be the most interesting topic on the tech table, but oh boy does WordPress liven things up in this sector. Not, it has to be said, always in a good way. I've lost count of the number of WordPress vulnerability stories that I've read over this last 12 months, and have even written a few myself. of course, more often than not it isn't WordPress itself that is the problem but one of the gazillion plug-ins that are out there and being used to customize it and add functionality. There was the SoakSoak malware linked to the RevSlider plug-in a couple of months back, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Now a new survey of more than 500 WordPress users by CodeGuard (http://www.CodeGuard.com) has revealed how they are just making things worse by not being properly educated regarding backing up their sites or updating software. According to the survey while 54% do update WordPress somewhere between once a week and every few weeks there were 21% who backed up only occasionally. Some 24% used a website backup plugin, but only 23% have any real training in the use of these tools while 47% had either none or very little idea of how to use WordPress.