Security is one of the most important reasons why it is imperative that you maintain your WordPress site and keep it up to date. WordPress currently powers almost 40% of all websites in the world and owing to its huge popularity, is a popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors and data thieves.
Every time a security vulnerability is reported, WordPress release an update that fixes the issue. This means that if you are not using the latest version of WordPress, then you are using software with known security vulnerabilities. Hackers can search for websites running the older version, and you may become a victim of a sophisticated attack.
It is not just WordPress itself that can suffer, as plugins can also be exploited by hackers. You need to make sure that all your WordPress plugins, themes, and the core itself is always up to date.
Even though WordPress actively encourages users to upgrade to the latest version, less than 30% of users have done so. More than 10% still use version 4.3. All users who hesitate to upgrade their website are jeopardising their security and putting personal information of users at risk.
In 2018 alone, there were 18 major releases by WordPress relating to security and performance functionality and with more than 46,000 WordPress plugins now available, it is a full job to manage the update process.
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