WordPress security issues you could face heading into 2018

Running over 24% of all websites on the web, it safe to say that WordPress is the most popular publishing platform in the world.

But with that popularity comes the increased risk of security issues. The number of hackers looking to take advantage of lax security is increasing year on year. And 2018 will be no different.

As we start the New Year, we will look at some of the more prevalent security issues that WordPress site owners will likely have to face over the coming 12 months.


As has been the case in previous years, ransomware will more than likely represent one of the most dangerous threats to organisations and all website owners.

Ransomware families look set to increase in 2018, with a particular focus on mobile devices, ensuring that the threat posed by ransomware will be even more difficult to deal with.

Cloud security

With the number of companies relying on cloud storage continually rising, it’s a safe bet that cybercriminals and hackers will increase attempts to compromise businesses and individuals over the coming 12 months.

The increase in the use of Google Cloud and other cloud-based hosting services means that security has never been more important, so strategies and guidelines to lessen the chance of security issues are critical.

Increased security regulation

If your WordPress site hosts any kind of personal data belonging to your EU based users you will fall under the GDPR legislation that is due to come into force this year.

From that point on, any personal data breach involving European Union citizens Will have to be reported within 72 hours. Any company that does not comply will face a fine of up to €20 million.

If you find yourself holding personal information belonging to any EU citizen you will have to take your security extremely seriously from this point forward.

Here at Kingsley Media, we take WordPress security seriously, and our team of specialists help businesses and people protect their websites from any number of threats.

We offer advice and WordPress maintenance packages that include backups and a thorough evaluation of your security measures.

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you!