Beware of Free themes: It might be a WordPress Malware
What is Malware?
Malicious software, or malware, is software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.
Yes they are everywhere. From plugins to themes in WordPress. The most recent was a plugin called BlogPress SEO.
The most insidious form is in a free WordPress theme.
Now that doesn’t mean everything that’s free is bad. Sometimes even things that you paid for are even worse.
The old adage: “Too good to be true”, plays out in the internet world as well.
Here’s an excellent explanation of how spammers use WordPress theme to spread their malware.
How do you avoid getting WordPress Theme malware
- Always get free theme from WordPress.org Theme Repository.
- Key-in the theme name in Google Search.
- Read blogs on WordPress.
- Use Premium themes.
When you see a free theme, get the theme name and search for it in Google. If the theme is a paid theme and you can get it free from another website, that’s a red flag.
It’s not a bargain. And don’t even think of checking the code. There are thousand of lines of codes. You’ll most likely miss some lines.
It’s still cheaper to pay for the theme.
Here’s a video explaining why you shouldn’t look for free themes on Google.