If you run your website on the WordPress platform, when was the last time you updated it? If you can’t even remember, then PLEASE keep reading as we discuss how your site could be at risk for a WordPress hack.
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems available because it’s free and it’s great! But this also makes it a massive target for hackers looking to cause large scale damage. Nasty hackers prey on humans being lazy.
Tip 1: Update the version of WordPress you are running every time you see one!
This is a staggering percentage of accounts being hacked over something that is easily manageable.
Tip 2: Update your plugins every time there is one . . . or if you get an email from your host about a compromised plugin
Another culprit exposing you to hacking are WordPress plug ins including but not limited to: tool tips, Yoast SEO, Defender (patches problems in your site), Google Analytics + and more.
How ironic that a plug in used to detect weak points can lead to hacking. Unfortunately, this is a serious matter that many users underestimate the severity of.
Follow this advice you and will live a happy life.
Ignore this advice and you could run into some serious trouble later on…it could cost you money!
The Costs of Hacking
The hard costs
Hard costs are easily billable and recorded.
What Army says common costs include:
- Hiring a developer to repair the damage
- Administrative costs
- The time it takes IT to find, repair and set up new procedures + the costs of those new security measures
“While easy to add up, if you weren’t expecting them, these costs can be hard on you.”
The soft costs
Soft costs are indirect.
- Data loss
- Loss of consumer and other stakeholder trust
- Loss of revenue from site downtime — Time = money.”
Why would hackers target your site?
You’re probably thinking, “I run a small business so I’m fine.”
Well sorry but you’re wrong. Even if you are a local photographer in Ireland, hackers may decide to target you simply because you use WordPress or they may target all Blacknight customers for example – and if one of the other website owners on your shared hosting account hasn’t been updating WordPress, they make everyone vulnerable to the risk of being hacked.
Legal and Financial Risks
Further implications of a data breach via hacking include financial liability. If you store personal data or credit card information, you may be liable for damages should a hack occur on your site. In Irish law, with the recent GDPR and Data Protection Acts, “now any organization processing personal data has significant liability risks.”
Matheson broke down the topic saying, “The DPA introduces a tort called a ‘data protection action’, which will be the most common type of claim made. Under section 117 of the DPA, a data subject must claim that his or her data protection right has been infringed and that the infringement is as a result of the processing of his or her personal data in a manner that is noncompliant with data protection laws.”
Updating your site
This is a very serious matter if you are a business operating in Ireland, so please follow these steps to update your site and pay attention to emails like these:
They look spammy and you immediately want to ignore emails with dreaded word update, however you just need to log in to WordPress and get it over with.
You have spent so much time working on your website, why throw that all away over a few updates?