Are your old WordPress themes killing you?

I was reading an interesting blog post on the website of Silicon Republic today about old WordPress themes, which is basically warning for a sort of an invisible problem that we as owners of WordPress website face. The article describes how we switch from theme to theme and then leave the old WP themes in the themes folder on the webserver. These themes just sit there and are not used anymore. However, the problem is that all the updates of these themes are not done anymore and thus all the security holes these themes have, are still a part of our websites. Here is an excerpt from that article.

Old WordPress themes spell danger!

Another security risk that WordPress administrators sometime forget about are inactive themes, installed on their blog but no longer in use. The files for the WordPress themes are still located in the /wp-content/themes/ directory, and even if they’re not being used, they’re still vulnerable to being hacked/exploited if they’re not kept up to date. Therefore, we recommend WordPress administrators delete all WordPress themes except the active theme currently in use on their website,” Armstrong said.

Wordpress Themes spell danger!

 We thought to relay the warning, because they are right. Our old WordPress themes might be killing us in the near future if hackers can get to them because they are not updated. So, just get rid of your old WordPress themes I would say (or update them, but to get rid of them is much better I would say).

If you want to read the whole article, check it out here.

The best thing to do of course, is getting a WordPress theme that is up-to-date and keep it up-to-date at all times. Don’t store any other themes in your themes directory and keep your current theme secure by following all instructions of your theme provider.

 

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