If you use Auto Update Plugins WordPress plugin, you will never have to manually update your plugins.
I looked for this plugin because for the third time in less than a week a plugin asked to be updated. I understand fixing issues, but that kind of frequent update schedule is exhausting and frankly ridiculous. Very few people are going to update something every time a plugin asks to be updated.
Everything that is a strength is also a weakness. I appreciate that authors are so responsive and are developing their plugins so aggressively. However the down side is that frequently having to update is boring, and who wants to do something that can be automated? So I might have a problem with a plugin that has a problem, but more likely it will solve me problems with plugins that might have a security vulnerability.
One of the neat things about software is that what often seems like a benefit is actually a weakness. For example, lately Microsoft is frustrating its users because their camera software doesn’t allow millions of USB connected cameras. A big oversight, and the Microsoft explanation doesn’t make sense.
It is fascinating really. People accept how horrible Windows is because they don’t know better. What I have enjoyed in the recent huge security flaw in Linux. Lots of smart IT people said that Linux had better security because they didn’t get viruses and malware like Windows. Yet over the past several years Linux has been under attack just like Windows. Linux has malware now like Windows, not as much, but given time this will increase. Mac has malware too, but no where that these other two have.
It isn’t the fact that malware is less prevalent on a mac. It is mostly that I don’t have the arrogance to think that any mainstream operating system is better than another. No system no matter how good it is, including mac, is perfect. Plenty of terrible mac systems are in many companies because they haven’t been given the proper attention. Support is always the key to securing any infrastructure.