how difficult it is to manage its files. Leftover backup, database and source
code files that developers and plugins leave behind are very common. These
leftover files are one of the most common sources of sensitive data breaches.
Do you know if there are any on your WordPress site?
website from a malware infection? In case of a successful hack attack it is
almost impossible to detect the infiltration and identify all the source code
changes. Do you know how to find out which code was compromised?
known as file changes scanning, helps you answer all these questions. IT also
explains how you can get a better overview of your WordPress sites files with a
that scans files on a system to determine if they have been corrupted or
tampered with. File integrity monitors or scanners are used to scan the
operating system (OS), databases, application software and any other files
found on system, like a WordPress
scanning or file integrity checking) software works by creating a fingerprint
(cryptographic hash) of a file or number of files. When the content of a file
changes, so does its fingerprint. Therefore, when the file integrity scanner
identifies the change in the file’s fingerprint it notifies the administrator.
as the Website File Changes Monitor helps you keep track of the integrity of
your WordPress website and files. It helps you guarantee that the:
new theme or plugin you installed
has not modified any files on your site
your admin / dev team only changed
the files they are supposed to change
no developers’ leftover files
(such as database and unused code / script files) that could leave you exposed
are on the site
in case of a hack you can easily
spot which files were tampered and where the malware was injected
you are always automatically
alerted of file changes on your WordPress website.
place you can monitor and protect the security of your files and WordPress
security & firewall plugin on your website. However, every WordPress
security solution has its pros and cons. There is no master of all solution.
The more tools you have at your disposal, the easier it is to identify and
block hack attacks. With the right tools you can also learn about the attacks
and improve the security of your WordPress site.
malicious hack attacks. The WordPress activity logs keep a record of what
everyone is doing and also help you learn how attackers are trying to hack into
your WordPress site. Logs also help you identify malicious activity, allowing
you to thwart attacks before they happen.
helps you ensure that no files on your site can leak sensitive data and
identify the malware / code changes during a post-attack analysis. It helps you
find where exactly backdoors, trojans and other malware is injected and eases
the process of cleaning and recovering your hacked WordPress website.
official WordPress plugins repository, and many all in one security plugins
also have a file integrity scanning module in them. However, the Website File Changes Monitor plugin for WordPress
stands out because it:
scans all your files including any
customization you might have on your WordPress site
uses an exclusive smart technology
that detects WordPress core updates, plugins and themes installs, uninstalls
and updates so it does not flood you with hundreds of false positive alerts
prompting a false alarm.
comparing the fingerprints between scans rather than comparing the scan results
of your website to a central repository, which typically also generates a lot
of false positives.
WordPress is very easy to use. Once installed it starts scanning your site for
file changes automatically.
non-executable media files, such as JPGs, are automatically excluded from the
scan. Therefore you do not have to configure much unless you want to exclude
something else, or change the scan schedule. Download the WordPress file changes plugin from the
official repository and add an additional layer of WordPress
security to your site!