More Accurate WordPress Content Changes Monitoring and Email Alerts

A month ago we released a new updated version of WP Security Audit Log that kept track of any WordPress content changes, be it a blog post, WordPress page or custom post type. The WordPress security alerts were generated when a draft of published WordPress content was changed. Considering draft blog posts are frequently changed until they are finalised for publication it was difficult to keep track of which published content was modified.

In this new version of WP Security Audit Log, WordPress’ most downloaded monitoring and auditing plugin we addressed this issue and the plugin has now different WordPress security alerts to differentiate content changes in draft and published content. This change allows you to better monitor your published content and identify any suspicious content changes, such as injection of malware on your WordPress websites and blogs.

WordPress Content Changes Security Alerts

The new WordPress security alerts for changes of published WordPress content are:

  • Alert 2065: The content of published post has been modified
  • Alert 2066: The content of published page has been modified
  • Alert 2067: The content of published custom post type has been modified
  • Alert 2068: The content of a draft post has been modified
  • Alert 2069: The content of a draft page has been modified
  • Alert 2070: The content of a draft custom post type has been modified

Therefore WP Security Audit Log will log the respective security alert in the WordPress security audit log when any of the above changes take place on your WordPress blogs and websites.

WordPress Email Alerts for Published Content Changes

With the new WordPress security alerts it is now much easier to be notified via email of any published content changes, thus allowing you to ensure the authenticity of your content and that none of it have been tampered with malware by malicious hackers. The below example shows how to setup a WordPress email alert using the Email Notifications and Alerts add-on for WP Security Audit Log.

Configuring Triggers to Monitor Content Changes in Published WordPress Content

As seen in the above screenshot all you have to do is configure the following trigger:

ALERT CODE IS EQUAL 2065

OR ALERT CODE IS EQUAL 2066

OR ALERT CODE IS EQUAL 2067

WordPress Widgets Activity Monitoring

WP Security Audit Log also monitors the activity of WordPress widgets. For example it will log a WordPress security alert in the security audit log when someone moves a widget from one container to the other. In this new version of WP Security Audit Log we also introduced a new alert that logs a WordPress security alert when a user changes the position of the widget in the same container.

Alert 2071: Changed the position of a widget in sidebar

The following is an example. For example if a WordPress user moves the widget Hello in Primary Sidebar location from third to first position, the following alert will be logged:

Alert 2071: Moved the Hello widget from position 3 to position 1 in sidebar Primary Sidebar

Refer to the list of Widgets WordPress security alerts for a complete list of WordPress security alerts that are logged in the security audit log when a Widget change takes place on your WordPress.

Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

In this version of WP Security Audit Log we also included some new improvements and address some bugs. Refer to the WP Security Audit Log change log on the WordPress repository for more detailed information on what is new in this version.

WP Security Audit Log Add-Ons

The WP Security Audit Log plugin has a number of add-ons that allow you to create reports, email notifications, see who is logged in to your WordPress, do automated searches and much more. They can all be purchased as an All Add-Ons bundle.

Download WP Security Audit Log Plugin

Download WP Security Audit Log from the official WordPress plugin repository and start monitoring your WordPress and WordPress multisite installations today.

Updating WP Security Audit Log Plugin

Once you login to your WordPress using an administrator account you will be automatically notified that an upgrade of WP Security Audit Log plugin is available. You can upgrade automatically by clicking the upgrade link. If you have enabled the option to hide the plugin from the WordPress plugins page, you can still update the plugin from the Updates entry in the WordPress dashboard menu. To manually update the plugin:

  1. Download WP Security Audit Log from the WordPress repository
  2. Deactivate the plugin from the WordPress dashboard
  3. Delete all plugin files and replace them with the new files
  4. Once all files are uploaded, enable the plugin from the WordPress dashboard.

Rate WP Security Audit Log Plugin

If WP Security Audit Log plugin helped you improve the security and monitoring of your WordPress blogs and websites, please rate WP Security Audit Log on the WordPress repository. If you have any questions, feedback or need support please get in touch with us by sending us an email on plugins@wpwhitesecurity.com. We also recommend you to subscribe to our WP White Security Plugins newsletter to get notified via emails when new updates, plugins and tips are available.

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