In the spring every year, my dad becomes a full-time scarecrow. At daybreak during gardening season he assumes his position in a strategically located chair in the yard, fending off wildlife that would render his garden a 24-hour furry buffet.
He takes a book, a cup of coffee (with water bottle chaser for once it gets warmer), and sits guard over his domain.
Even with such vigilance, last year the deer began winning. He’d wake up early, and get out to see tracks and nibbles alerting him to their wiles.
Not to be outsmarted (he has a distinct prefrontal cortex advantage over the deer in that area), he purchased and installed a motion sensor sprinkler system that stands guard in his absence.
As a sidenote, it never gets old sending my 4- and 6-year-old into the garden without reminding them that the sprinkler is on.
See, even the best attention is not critter-proof when it comes to gardens. It’s a full-time job.
The same goes for your WordPress install. You might as well plan on having “critters.” Malicious code, hackers, and spammers. They are coming. What are you going to do to ward them off? A solid maintenance plan is critical. Keeping your site up to date is a digital sprinkler spraying would-be buffet visitors.
If you need me, I’ll be eating some of the corn, field peas, and fried okra from my dad’s garden.