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What is the Early Warning Audit?

The Early Warning Audit is an automated security scanner that performs a number of checks on system files and basic components of your website software and infrastructure.

Changes in these files and/or services are rare and could indicate an intruder has gained unauthorized access to your site. Thus, the audit looks for changes and notifies you when they are detected.

Audit frequency

The Early Warning Audit is automated. It's frequency depends on the type of account:

  • Paid and free trial plans — Eight times per day (every 3 hours, on average).
  • Forever Free plan — Once per day.

Audit Notifications

If a change is detected in one of the files or services monitored by the Early Warning Audit, an email notification will be sent to you. Note that you must have notifications enabled for these types of changes in your Settings as described elsewhere in the Knowledge Base.

Files & services included in the audit

The Early Warning Audit performs checks of three categories:

  • File — Changes to the size, checksum, and/or time stamp of critical system files
  • IP Address — Changes to the IP Address of the website
  • Service — Changes in the version of critical services

The following table describes the files and services monitored by the audit for both Joomla and WordPress.

NameCategoryWordPressJoomla
CMS configuration file# File checkmark checkmark
/index.php File checkmark checkmark
/.htaccess File checkmark checkmark
/[CMS admin##]/index.php File checkmark checkmark
/wp-admin/.htaccess File checkmark N/A
/templates/*/index.php File x checkmark
/administrator/templates/*/index.php File x checkmark
IP Address IP checkmark checkmark
PHP Service checkmark checkmark
MySQL Service checkmark checkmark
Web Server Service checkmark checkmark

#This filename is CMS specific.
##This path is CMS specific.