WordPress has promptly increased the users and have taken a place of most accepted CMS nowadays, resulting in the countless plugins are launching in the market. Isn’t it great!!! I know the answer would be yes from all developers. And I do agree with this statement as it let developers to do much more with their web application.
But Have you ever ponder on the WordPress hacking Issue, Plugins can be the culprit for this issue!! Checkmarx’s research reported that more than 20% of the most popular WordPress plugins are exposed to a very common web threats.
Popularity of WordPress plugins get revealed from the figure that 8 million plugins had downloaded, which are vulnerable. It has found more vulnerability in the e-commerce plugins. Out of 10 – 7 plugins were containing vulnerabilities.
Threat: Vulnerable plugins invite Hackers, as they can exploit these plugins and can access the confidential information like financial details, personal identification information and many more. Hackers can enter into the site through these vulnerable plugins and can disfigure the sites or can redirect it to the other website.
This is due to the extensive plugins and the security gaps within the plugins, open the doors for hackers to enter into the website. So the combat is between extensive plugins and WordPress security, Can win by mitigation in plugins development and selection of the plugins.
In this article I have covered tips to take care while they are going to select any WordPress plugin for their website. No matter that the WordPress based site is a large enterprise or a small business.
1. Derive your Selection on Reputable Source of the Plugin :
You can have reputable source of plugins in Wrodpress.org only. The plugins developed by WordPress obviously would hold a high intensity of security. Secondly, anyone can develop plugins. A developer can develop a plugin as well as a Hacker also can develop a plugin. Yes, Hackers are also developing plugins with the low intensity of the security and hacking any site which is using their plugin. On the other side downloading a plugin from any other reputable site doesn’t mean that their plugins are 100% harmless.
2. Static source code analysis tool / Dynamic security scanner:
Try this for your plugin to verify the security quotient of the plugin by scanning it to check whether it has any security issues or not. You can have the source code of any plugin as almost all plugins are open source. So if you have a source code of the plugin, you can check the security quotient using the Static analysis tool. The advanced scanners of the static analysis tool, not only scan the errors, but also recommend you for the fast and optimal solution to fix the bug. If you don’t have the source code, then you can use any of WordPress Dynamic security scanner plugin, but this only assesses the specific scenarios of the plugins.
3. Keep your plugins up to date:
If you are using any plugin, then you should frequently update your plugins. This is because every plugins update periodically to enhance the features and security of the plugins. If you can’t keep in mind about the plugins update, WordPress has the purposeful WordPress plugin that notifies you about the updates of the installed plugins which send you notification whenever the plugin updates.
4. No need to keep unused plugins:
It is better to remove the unused plugins from the WordPress to decrease the hacking risk. For that you should frequently check and clean the unwanted plugins which are of no use.
I wish now you will undergo to above process before you select any plugin for your WordPress web application to secure it from hacking.