Get alerted via email of file changes on your WordPress sites to boost reliability & security
There are many benefits you can take advantage of when you install this hassle-free file integrity monitor plugin on your website, such as:
* Keep track of the last code changes on your website for easier troubleshooting
* Identify leftover & backup files that can lead to sensitive business & technical data exposure
* Pinpoint malware injections early to avoid irreparable site damage
* Do the neccesary forensic work during a past-hack job
Keeping track and knowing of file changes on your WordPress website is a maintanence and security best practise every site owner should follow. This can only be done by installing a plugin. Use the Website File Changes Monitor plugin to automatically scan your website for file changes.
The plugin alerts you of file changes via email. It helps you easily spot leftover files, and identify injected malware and code changes, so you can remove the files that could leave your website exposed and clean malware infections at the earliest possible.
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Why Do You Need a website file integrity monitoring plugin?
No single WordPress security solution is bullet proof. Every solution has its shortcomings. A complete security solution is made up of a suite of tools and plugins that work together, allowing you to address all of your website’s security requirements. The more tools and security layers you build, the harder it will be for attackers to succeed. It also makes it easier for you to block malicious attacks, and monitor the site’s security and health.
The Website File Changes Monitor plugin provides you with the much needed visibility of modifications that happen on your website’s file system. File changes on your WordPress website can be an early sign of a malicious hack attack or a technical problem. Hence why security professionals recommend a website files monitor plugin.
The Website File Changes Monitor plugin helps you:
- Identify a possible hack attack during the early stages, allowing you to limit the damage
- Find where exactly backdoors, trojans and other malware are injected on your site
- Identify the infections and code changes during the post-hack forensics & cleanup
- Catch red-handed the exploitation of 0-day vulnerabilities on your site
- Ease the process of cleaning & recovering an infected hacked website
A Role Beyond WordPress Security
The scope of monitoring your website for file changes goes beyond detecting malicious attacks and malware infections. It is a WordPress website security and management best practice that can also help you:
- Check the integrity of your WordPress core, plugins and theme files
- Find leftover files developers leave by mistake that could lead to sensitive information disclosure, such as backup files, database files etc
- Keep track of where developers are doing code changes on your WordPress site
- Troubleshoot and avoid unnecessary technical WordPress site problems
Website File Changes Monitor Plugin Features
Website File Changes Monitor is a very easy to use and zero admin plugin. Once installed it automatically starts scanning all the files on your WordPress site without requiring any manual intervention.
However don’t let the simplicity and automation fool you. Under the hood the Website File Changes Monitor plugin is a fully blown and configurable tool that every WordPress site administrator should install on their WordPress sites and multisite network.
Instant Email Notifications
After a scan, the Website File Changes Monitor plugin sends an email with the list of file changes it identifies on your WordPress sites and multisite networks.
The email includes all the details you require to keep tabs of the file changes on your website, such as:
* The filename and the path of the file
* A count of how many files were added, modified or deleted
* A highlight of the site admin changes that caused the file changes, such as the plugins or themes installs, uninstalls and updates.
No False Alarms – Just Genuine Alerts!
The Website File Changes Monitor plugin uses an exclusive smart technology that detects WordPress core updates, plugins and themes installs, uninstalls and updates.
When you update the WordPress core, install a new plugin, update a theme, or delete a plugin it won’t flood you with hundreds of alerts prompting a false alarm! You only get alerted of genuine file changes that can have an effect on the functionality and security of your WordPress site!
Scans ALL Your Files, Including Custom Code
The Website File Changes Monitor plugin can scan any type of file and it is not limited to WordPress and PHP files. Apart from the WordPress core files, plugins and themes files, it will also scan any other custom code files that you might have on your WordPress site.
It also compares the WordPress core files of your website to the list of files on the official WordPress repository, so it will also alert you if a WordPress core file has been tampered with, or changed.
To learn more on both the file integrity monitoring technologies the plugin uses refer to how the plugin detects file changes on WordPress
WordPress Multisite Networks Support
The Website File Changes Monitor plugin can also detect file changes on WordPress multisite networks. When installed on a network, the plugin configuration and alerts are only available to the super administrators, preventing possible disclosure of sensitive information that could jeopardize the security of the sites on the network.
Other Notable Plugin Features
- Optimized scanning technology that does not affect the performance of your site
- Fully configurable file scan frequency (hourly, daily, weekly, time of the day)
- Instant file integrity scans with just a click of a button
- Ability to exclude directories, files and file types from the scan
- Configurable maximum file size to scan
- File changes data only available to administrators for better security
FREE Plugin Support
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Further Reading & Information
The Website File Changes Monitor plugin is developed by WP White Security, developers of niche WordPress security and admin plugins, including WP Activity Log, the most comprehensive WordPress activity log plugin.
- We share our thoughts and publish how to’s and guides on how to keep your website secure and manage it better on the WP White Security Blog
- Learn more on file integrity monitoring for WordPress sites
- Read the Website File Changes Monitor plugin page for more technical details.
- Refer to the definitive WordPress security guide for a practical guide to secure your WordPress website.
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From within WordPress
- Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
- Search for ‘Website File Changes Monitor’
- Install & activate the Website File Changes Monitor from your Plugins page.
- Download the plugin from the WordPress plugins repository
- Unzip the zip file and upload the
website-file-changes-monitorfolder to the
- Activate the Website File Changes Monitor plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Can I install the Website File Changes Monitor plugin on WordPress version 4.6 or earlier?
Yes you can, but before installing it please install and activate the REST API plugin.
Contributors & Developers
“Website File Changes Monitor” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
- Remove obsolete upgrade classes for older versions of the plugin.
- Revised and ensurce all SQL statements are prepared statements.
- “Allowed files” setting now accepts a full path to an individual file and not just the filename (in case you have multiple files with the same name in different directories).
- Improved help text positioning and content.
- SQL injection can be executed by users who have the Administrator user role. Reported by Nicolas VIDAL from TEHTRIS.
- File modifications will now adhere to any exclude files / directories.
- Fixed: WP Activity Log was not reporting file scanning events.
- Added the page navigation buttons at the bottom of the file list.
- Ensured the correct text_domain is used allover the plugin’s code.
- Fixed an incompatibility issue with the WP Activity Log plugin.
- Added conditional checks to ensure version specific WSAL functions can run.
- Fixed potential PHP error caused by expected array commas.
- Fixed issue which caused items to not be “Marked as read” when adding a directory to the excluded list.
- Fixed console error caused my email validation with settings.
- Bug Fix
- Adding missing update to class to prepare new file events table.
- Plugin now stores file changes in own database tables and format instead of CPTs.
- Moved file scanning as a background task to reduce load and improve scan speed.
- File information is now stored in the wp_options table accross multiple options (each max 1000 entries) to ensure we dont create a single large entry which can cause issues on some hosts.
- Timezones are now handled nativity using wp_timezone_string rather than a DateTime object.
- wordpress.org checksum checks runs on initial scan, alerting users of core file changes at the earliest opportunity.