Thanks to my long-time blogging buddy Jaypee, I was finally able to do some plugin house cleaning. Plugins that have not been updated for more than a year were deleted from this blog.
Why so? By today’s standards, if your software has not yet been updated in more than 6 months and not a single word about it or how are things doing, then it’s safe to assume that development has stopped and users of your software should find a replacement for it or risk exposing themselves, my blog in this case, to attacks rooted from vulnerabilities of using outdated software.
The plugins that were deleted from this blog are the following:
- Exploit Scanner – search the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that it has fallen victim to malicious hackers.
- Login Lockdown – limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period. Removed this app because it hasn’t been updated in more than 2 years.
- WP Firewall – investigates web requests with simple WordPress-specific heuristics to identify and stop most obvious attacks. App not updated in more than 2 years.
- ServerBuddy – provides various tools & tests to analyze server configuration & troubleshoot issues.
While these plugins are still working fine with my blog, I don’t want to wait for the time it causes problems because of compatibility issues with newer versions of WordPress vulnerabilities resulting from an old code.
They have been replaced, as by example of Jaypee, by WordFence Security plugin which combines the features of those security plugins I removed plus more to provide a more robust protection for your WordPress-powered site.
I’d be going over the whole list of plugins to weed out more that can be replaced by newer or better counterparts.
If you have recommendations or tips, do share in the comments below.