More than 35% of the world’s websites use WordPress as the most popular and widely used open-source content management system (CMS). Of course, it must have higher security. The core WordPress files are indeed very secure. See any large-scale vulnerabilities or problems, but many times the weakness is in the theme or plugins.
Especially some outdated and unknown code, which may expose your site to danger. Many webmasters don’t know the significant problem until the site is implanted with malicious code, and it is too late to seek a solution.
As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.” This concept also applies to WordPress. But we may not immediately know if there are hidden problems in our WordPress site. But we can find the answer faster through some third-party tools.
The ” WordPress Security Scanner ” is a free WordPress security scanning tool. The search engine uses WPScan to detect whether a WordPress site has security concerns. Enter the URL on the website to start scanning and display several detection results. WordPress version, the number of plugins scanned, whether the console will be seen, weaknesses, whether blacklisted and HTTPS.
What’s more important is that the WordPress Security Scanner can show whether the version of WordPress, theme or plug-in used by this website is out of date and whether there are hidden known vulnerabilities, which is very useful for website managers, especially for some reasons. You must keep the program in an old version.
If you can know in advance whether the version has known hazards, you may be able to change the theme or plug-in early or find other safer and more reliable alternatives
How to use WordPress Security Scanner?
2: Security Scanner will display the scanned WordPress website IP address, time, what host is hosted on. And more importantly, the WordPress version displayed below, detected plugins, consoles, weaknesses, blacklisted, and HTTPS.
3: If you have some protection measures, WordPress Security Scanner may not be able to scan this information, such as program version, use those WordPress plug-ins, etc. In the best case, it will not be scanned out. Otherwise, it will increase the risk. But be aware that items shown in red may have to take some necessary measures to strengthen the security of the website.
For example, weaknesses found in themes or plug-ins will be displayed. Euch as the jQuery version is too old, or the plugin is not updated, etc. If not necessary, the best practice is to update both the plug-in and the WordPress main program as much as possible. In the latest version, in addition to having better performance, it is more important to prevent people with intentions from using weak points to attack websites.
I think the most useful of WordPress Security Scanner is to scan the website theme or plugin is out of date. For example, if a plugin is still in the old version, the scanning tool will list the latest version number of the plugin, and the website is currently in use.
Outdated versions, although some plug-ins may not necessarily be updated immediately if there are known security issues, will be listed below. These plug-ins must be updated to a secure version as soon as possible. Otherwise, it is also a harm to the website.