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Detect Malicious Code in WordPress Free Themes and Plugins

Detect Malicious Code in WordPress Free Themes and Plugins

WordPress, one of the popular content management systems(CMS) for blogging. It can be used to run commercial websites also. To build a basic website using WordPress, you just need to install WordPress and a theme and plugins to give your site a good outlook.

How will you get the themes and plugins? This is the question. There are three ways to get a perfect theme or plugin. Number one, hire a WordPress guy to develop for you. Number two, buy from marketplaces like ThemeForest. And number three, search for a free theme or plugin.

Now it’s time to select a way for you. But if you are a starting a new blog or small business, I will suggest you search for free themes and plugins. When your blog or business will become popular, you can choose then from another two ways (Number one and number two).

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So? Are you thinking to use or using a free theme or plugin? Rest of the contents of this post is for you.

Using a free theme or plugin is good for freshers. But it can be dangerous for you. If your site goes down suddenly or hacked by someone, no surprise here. It could happen. But why? Let’s think.

Think you are developing a theme or plugin. You worked hard for it. Will you give me that for free? You answer should be ‘No’. That is why you may lose your entire website or some parts of your website viagra ligne chine. The author of the theme or plugin might use some malicious code to hack your site, a code to get a backlink from your site and so on.

Now I’m going to show few steps to get rid of these type of dangerous issues.

Step – 1: Scan the theme or plugin

After downloading the theme or plugin, scan for malicious codes before installing it. There is an online tool to scan your file to detect unwanted things within the theme or plugin. You can use this tool.

Go to http://virustotal.com/en/. You will get a page like a screenshot given bellow.

VirusTotal Free File Scanner

Now click ‘Choose File’ button and upload your compressed(zipped) file. Then click ‘Scan It’ button.

Recommended Software: McAfee 2016 AntiVirus Plus

Step – 2: Use plugin to detect malicious code

There are a lot of plugins to detect malicious code within your theme or plugin files. You can use these to detect within yours. Here are some of these plugins –

This plugin will help you to detect malicious code within your WordPress files and database. It also searches for an unusual file name or malicious files within your plugins.

This plugin is also known as TAC. This plugin will help you to detect an unwanted code within your theme files. It will also show you a notice if your theme author uses a code to get a backlink.

Yeah! This is the inspector of all plugins! This plugin will help you to find out WordPress functions those are deprecated. It will also help you to detect security issues and PHP functions those are unsafe.

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Step – 3: Scan your site:

This is the final step. Scan your site using malware scanning tools for free.

  • Using VirusTotal

Go to https://www.virustotal.com/en/. Then select second tab containing URL. Now enter your website URL and click ‘Scan It!’ button. Your site will be scanned and you’ll get the result shortly.

VirusTotal Free URL Scanner

  • Using SUCURI

SUCURI is another free malware and security scanner. You can use it to scan your website. Go to https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/. Then enter your URL and hit Enter.

SUCURI Free Website Scanner

That’s all from me. If you know any other methods, please tell me in the comment section. If this post helps you, recommend it to your friends.

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Quamarul Islam Manna is a freelance writer, blogger and web designer.

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