What is a WordPress Security Audit?

In this article I’m going to share with you what WordPress security audit is all about. You probably have heard of this concept, but for those who don’t it means the verification that a website is secure or not. We are not going to talk about how to do a security audit, it is important to understand the process before you get started, as there are a lot of things on your website that can be found by malicious users.

To begin with you will need to create a MySQL database, either on your own server or in a public database like MongoDB. It should be somewhere on your web host, and this will be used to store the database records so the ability to refer to the database easily.

Once you have done that you should setup your WordPress website in an HTML file that you will use as a template. Open a terminal or command prompt and install the plugin which will allow you to link your WordPress blog to the MySQL database. Once this is installed you should be able to do an audit for the first time. Just be sure that you are not using the wrong username and password or you will lose your precious data and your blog will go offline.

One of the most important things to take note of is the directory listing. This is where you will be able to find any files on your WordPress site, including files that are private to you.

A great security concept to utilize in this process is the FTP directory listing. This will not only list your public FTP directories, but you can view the details about each one.

Also, you should be aware of the fact that you will need to change your password very often. You will be asked to change your password at least once every 24 hours, or even more if you have a lot of visitors.

An important thing to note when doing a security audit is that you need to run a wide range of tests on your site. There are a few different ways you can do this, but in general there are two primary testing methods.

The first is a manual test. These are best done by one person, preferably someone who is familiar with the area of the site that needs to be tested.

You can also utilize the automatic scanning utility that is built into WordPress. This will automatically run a series of tests against your website, looking for common bugs.

The second method is the automated process. A program will be put into place to test your site for a short period of time.

The downside to this method is that it will take longer than just having a test done to complete your WordPress security audit. However, it will ensure that everything is working properly and that your WordPress is free from any type of hacking.

Another method you can use is to utilize the free version of PHP, and then modify it to scan for potential vulnerabilities. Just make sure that you run all of these tests and take note of what was found.