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Counterattacking WordPress and Web Server Vulnerabilities

Posted by Alex on 14 03 2017.

WordPress is one of the most commonly used open source blogging systems and full content managements systems by cPanel users. Although it started only as a blogging system, it continued to evolve to what you can use it for now: complete content management system that allows you to choose and install any of the thousands of available plugins, themes, and widgets.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that similar to almost all modern software packages, WordPress continuously receives updates in order to counter the security issues that arose in previous versions. These updates also help prepare cPanel/WordPress users for any potential security problems.

Why You Should Not Consider these Updates as a “Hassle”

A lot of people who use online programs, such as cPanel, WordPress, Plugins, etc, have the tendency to ignore the update notifications they receive. However, because of the never-ending existence of security issues, you have to delete this thought of “hassling” updates. When you do not delay updates, you can significantly improve the security of all your programs and software.

In other words, you have to ensure everything program you have remains updated, and that includes your cPanel’s WordPress. Continue using the older version, and you put yourself, your users, and your customers at serious security risks.

Another thing to keep in mind is that WordPress releases these updates during the discovery of a vulnerability. This update then addresses the concern. So when you keep using an older version, you provide unscrupulous individuals the opportunities to attack.

Your Counterattack: Update Your WordPress

You will find the latest WordPress version at the main WordPress website. Keep in mind though, you will not find all its official releases in any other site. So as a security measure, you should not install, download, or update WordPress when the source is not from the official site.

Make Updating WordPress Easier through Enabling Automatic Updates

When WordPress released version 3.7, it came with the feature of allowing users to utilize automatic updates. Since it is crucial that you always use the latest version of this system, you should take advantage of this feature, which will make updating easier, faster, and more convenient. Through enabling this functionality, you no longer have to worry about remembering when to check for updates or having to go through the same update notification messages.

Just remember to always create backups when you enable this feature, so that you do not have to worry about losing any data.

Also, regularly check out the WordPress Dashboard so that you can stay updated regarding updates.

Be a Responsible cPanel/WordPress User: Report Security Issues ASAP

In the event that you have found a flaw in the security side of WordPress, you should take responsibility and report the issue right away. Not only is it ethical; it also helps WordPress, which you use for free, help develop an update to address the problem. The same goes true for bugs: report them right away so that the WordPress theme can quickly identify the root cause and resolve the issue as soon as possible.