WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, and the importance of updates

Always apply wordpress plugin updates

The man waits for the update to take place (Image Daniil Vasiliev via Flickr)

If you routinely check for and apply updates on your WordPress website, you can skip today’s article.

What prompted today’s short piece was an alert from Sucuri last week about a security vulnerability discovered in two caching plugins; W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache.

Hackers, the scourge and scum of the Internet, had discovered ways of using those two plugins to gain control of websites.

The authors of the two plugins became aware of the issue quickly and published updates.

If you are vigilant about updates on a weekly basis at least, you had little to worry about.

However, if you are not blogging or logging into your website at least weekly, or applying updates when you are alerted to them, you are nursing a time bomb.

Here is an earlier post that takes you through the basics of applying updates.

On the Internet, no one can hear you scream

No web based system is completely secure so those of us with websites need to protect them as we would our premises in a rough neighbourhood.

It goes without saying, the more regularly you visit the premises and attend to maintenance, the more likely you will be able to notice vulnerabilities and respond.

If you rarely visit your premises or website, each passing week gives the ‘mice’ a chance to play.

For extra peace of mind, once you have installed your latest updates, you can visit Sucuri for a free, online scan of your site for known issues.

You will see Sucuri also offers paid services for monitoring websites and repairing compromised ones.

If you really never have cause for visiting the behind the scenes admin area of your site, you might find you need their services sooner rather than later.



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