[Resolved] global automatic updates for better security

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  • #98591
    Mark

    I have recently read that our FBI has stated
    “If you run a self-hosted WordPress website undesirables (name who shall not be mentioned – pm me for my source) types could exploit via un updated plugins”.

    should I set all updates to automatic?

    What’s the best method?

    Thanks

    #98633
    Tom
    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    Hi Mark,

    It’s always a good idea to update your themes, plugins and WordPress installation regularly.

    Failing to do so can definitely leave holes open for hackers.

    This is especially true for core WordPress updates – it’s a popular system, and people are constantly trying to exploit it.

    Luckily, WordPress has an extremely active community who are constantly improving it and fixing any security issues, so if you keep things updated and have decent hosting (GoDaddy shared hosting is always getting hacked in my experience), you should be fine!

    Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

    #98856
    Mark

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the reply.

    Is it possible to set updates to fully automatic for everything?

    #98916
    Tom
    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    Not yet I’m afraid.

    The “technology” is still quite new as WordPress only just introduced the feature for core updates.

    I’m sure themes and plugins will start to implement them sometime soon – although it can also be risky because theme and plugin updates can sometimes cause problems, and it sucks to find your website crashed in the morning and finding out it’s been down all night as you were sleeping.

    When things like the above get solved, we’ll start seeing it a lot more 🙂

    #99305
    Mark

    Would it be more prudent to run with no plugins.

    Or use more CSS

    #99315
    Tom
    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    If you can use CSS or functions instead of a plugin then definitely, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

    Just be sure to install plugins that are updated often and have good reviews/reputable developers 🙂

    #99323
    Mark

    Tom,

    Thanks for the answers.

    I will continue to update regularly

    Mark

    resolved

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