I had a visitor that accessed a page called “/author-area” and “/author-panel” today. I have never seen either of those before. Is anyone familiar with those and is that something new, strange???? Thanks a lot.
Sounds like a rather clumsy hacker bot trying to find a way into the site. If you ever looked at your site’s access logs, you’d probably be amazed at just how many of these probe attempts your site gets. Nothing to worry about really. All just par for the course.
Keep your site, theme & plugins updated, have a look at Hardening_WordPress and you can just ignore these.