All In One Security – Scanner

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In this video I’m going to walk you through the All In One Security Scanner settings.

I’ll take a look through the Malware and File Change scans.   If given an opportunity hackers can insert code or files on your hosting.  This can then be used to carry out malicious acts on your site. Being informed of any changes in your files can be a good way to quickly prevent hackers from causing more damage to your site and also to clean it up before google detects it.  The WordPress core and plugin files should not change often and when they do, it is important that you are aware when they change.  The only time they should change is after you upgrade WordPress.

To get here, click on WP Security then Scanner.

File Change Detection tab.  The File Change Detection Feature will notify you of any file changes that occur on your WordPress files.  Starting with the Manual File Change Detection Scan.  Here is where you’d force a scan of the files.  A great time to click on this is right after you install the plugin or if you think your site has been hacked.  When the Perform Scan Now button is clicked for the first time, a scan is run and the following message is displayed: The plugin has detected that this is your first file change detection scan. The file details from this scan will be used to detect file changes for future scans.
Under View Last Saved File Change Results, click the View Last File Change button to view the file change results from the last scan.

The last box is the File Change Detection Settings.  Here is where you can set up automatic scanning of your files to check for file changes.

The first check box, Enable Automated File Change Detection Scan will turn it on.

Scan Time Interval:  Enter the frequency of which you’d like the scans to occur.  You can choose any number of hours, days, or weeks.  The default value is 4 weeks.  Most often than not, I leave it at the default.

You can then choose what file types you’d like the scan to ignore.  Enter each file type or extension on a new line that you wish to exclude from the scans.  Maybe you don’t want to be notified of log files so you could enter log.

Files/Directories To Ignore:  Enter each file or directory on a new line that you would like to exclude from the scan.  These should not normally pose any security threat if they were changed.  One example of files you might want to exclude are log files and certain caching plugin files.  They may change often and aren’t critical core files.

Send Email When Change Detected:  Check this box if you want the system to send an email to you if a file change is detected.  Enter your email address in the box that you want the notifications sent to.  If you’d like it to go to multiple emails, put each address on a new line.

If you make any changes, click the Save Settings button.
Next up is the Malware scan tab.  Malware can consist of things like trojan horses, adware, worms, spyware and any other undesirable code which a hacker will try to inject into your website.  Often when malware code has been inserted into your site, you may not notice anything out of the ordinary based on appearances, but it can have a dramatic effect on your site’s search ranking.  This is because the bots and spiders from search engines, such as Google, have the capability to detect malware when they are indexing the pages on your site, and consequently they can blacklist your website and in turn affect your search rankings.  You can purchase an add on to run scans through this plugin, or you can use Wordfence’s plugin to run the scans.  Check out that video series on how to use that plugin.
At the bottom of the page, click on CLICK HERE to learn more about their malware scanning add-on feature.

Here you can see all the features the Malware scan includes.  And near the bottom of the page you’ll see the three package options you can purchase.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.


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