Website security tools that keep intruders at bay

Watchful uses two groups of tools that perform in-depth, system-wide scans to monitor website security : the early warning audit and the vulnerability scanner. Using these tools and following the recommendations help harden your website against intruders, spammers and other bad actors.

Early Warning Audit

The early warning audit is a website security scanner that runs once each day and looks for changes to your core files and services. This includes changes to critical files such as the main WordPress configuration file and and the main index.php file of your theme.

The audit also examines things like the PHP and MySQL version on your server, recently installed and deleted plugins, changes to the site admin accounts, pending software updates and the status of your website backups. Our knowledge base includes a full list of all of the items checked by the audit.

When the audit detects changes or other suspicious activity, you’ll be notified by email so you can investigate and take the appropriate actions to resolve the problem. Additionally, the site activity logs record everything detected by the early warning audit. This information appears (optionally) in client reports as well.

The early warning audit runs 8 times /day /site on Premium accounts and once per day on free accounts.
Site Activity Tracker
Sample data logged by the early warning audit.

Vulnerability Scanner

The vulnerability scanner is a suite of tools designed to perform a comprehensive analysis of your website security. It includes the following scans:

  • Site configuration & best practices
  • Core filesystem integrity
  • Permissions audit
  • Backend (server-side) malware signature scan
  • Frontend malware scan
  • Blacklist scan (Google Safe Browsing, McAfee, etc…)
Vulnerability Scan History
Scan history from the vulnerability scanner.

The vulnerability scanner runs manually and can be used as often as desired. The scan results show both safe items and items to check (when appropriate) along with advice on how to resolve any problems. Our knowledge base includes a full list of all of the items checked by the vulnerability scan.

Both free and Premium users can run repeated scans to measure the effectiveness of site maintenance activity and success of your changes to your website security settings.
Cms Configuration And Best Practices
Preview of the vulnerability scanner. results.

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