How to Spot Harmful WordPress Plugins
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How to Spot Harmful WordPress Plugins

August 21, 2019


Hi I’m Chris with Tiny Frog Technologies I
want to talk to you about plugin security and maintenance. For preventative measures you definitely want
to keep all your plugins up-to-date at least once a month. You know have a developer or somebody that
knows PHP code or HTML code and understand the plugin that can do the research on the
plugin. You need to at least make the updates because
I know when you’re logged into the WordPress backend dashboard and it says “update now” you
can just click the button only problem is if you do that and that update didn’t work well
with another plugin then you’ll have some website issues. And if you don’t have reverting tools that
can revert back to the point you know of before you pushed that button then you definitely
want to have a developer in there understanding what was changed and be able to put in a patch,
revert it or contact the plugin developer and let them know what type of issue you ran
into. When choosing a plugin for a site-built Tiny
Frog performs what we call the plugin profiling. This is when you when you check the plugin
profile. Every plugin that’s out there that’s built
usually has a plugin profile that tells you how many downloads and you know what is it
compatible with. We check these things and also make sure we
look at the reviews because we want to see what are people saying about this plugin…
are there any issues. This also helps us identify if the plugin
developers still around making updates to this plugin. That is one critical issue that most WordPress
users have is all of sudden they bought this plugin and the developer kind of fell off
the face of the Earth and then they’re not making updates. Well whenever there’s a vulnerability that
causes an exploit in like the core – the plugins need to be updated. So that’s the responsibility of the person
who built that plugin to also put in the patch so that their plugin is Tip-Top Shape
and secure. If you’d like more information on security
topics, please contact us at tinyfrog.com.

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