How To Scan Your Blog For Vulnerabilities Using WordPress Security Audit

How To Scan Your Blog For Vulnerabilities Using WordPress Security Audit

March 26, 2020
Jeff Williams

WordPress Security Audit is a plugin for WordPress that can be used to provide you with quick, easy and confidential reports of the security and usability of your blog. This can assist you in finding and rectifying any vulnerabilities that you may be missing. They help you identify security issues and offer quick access to information in a format that is easy to read.

But how does WordPress Security Audit work? It basically works by sending a scan request to the WordPress database every time the plugin is loaded, which makes it run constantly in the background. If you choose to activate the plugin, a list of vulnerable entries will be generated in the WordPress database, which the plugin examines for vulnerability.

Once identified, the plugin will either remove or mark the vulnerable script as vulnerable, making it possible to ensure that the entire website remains secure. The plugin will also check to see if there are any orphaned scripts which are still in the database which are not yet vulnerable.

This ensures that the vulnerability information you are receiving will be updated, so you know where you stand as far as your current security situation is concerned. The WordPress Security Audit is able to fix and update a wide range of vulnerabilities and is very easy to use, so it’s a very practical tool for securing your website.

One of the first things you need to do is add the WordPress plugin to your WordPress blog. This will allow you to scan your entire website for potential vulnerabilities, and it’s completely free! So that should make things easier, don’t you think?

After you have added the plugin, you will need to open the Settings Menu to go into the Settings tab and enable the plugin. You then need to activate the plugin by clicking on the icon at the top right hand corner of your WordPress blog.

Next, you need to click on ‘WordPress Scanner’ and then select which option you want to use. You can choose to send the scan request manually using the Settings Menu, or you can have the plugin sends a scan request to the source where it is located from, which should take a few seconds.

If you choose to use the manual scanning option, you will need to make sure that you have found all of the vulnerable and critical scripts, and then run them one by one. You will then get a report detailing the vulnerabilities found.

When you have found all of the vulnerable and critical scripts, you need to click on the Search button and choose a list of vulnerable scripts that are relevant to your website. This should then reveal the vulnerable and critical scripts within the WordPress database.

Now you need to click on the ‘Update’ button and ensure that the vulnerable script has been marked as vulnerable. This should immediately make it non-vulnerable, so now you will need to run the script in your website.

Once you have clicked the update button, you will need to confirm the change by clicking on the ‘Save Changes’ button. Now you will need to restart your website in order to see the vulnerability updated in your WordPress blog.

So that’s how you scan for vulnerabilities on your WordPress blog! This is really quite simple, but if you have never used this plugin before then make sure you get a good guide or video tutorial to make it much easier!