Did you know how many how many hack attempts are made on WordPress website every minute? It’s 90,978! Unbelievable right?
Website Security is usually not a concern until it is compromised. I had the same outlook towards website security and took note of it only after my WordPress site was hacked. Following that, I started looking for security plugins that would help me clean my hacked site and prevent further compromise. During my search, I came across MalCare and decided to try it out. Here’s my review of this excellent plugin.
MalCare was developed by the same team who built BlogVault, a popular WordPress backup plugin. Since I’ve heard so much about BlogVault, I decided to look into their security solution, MalCare. Team BlogVault were inspired to create service that tackles all security issues on a WordPress website after seeing their customer face security issues. After 2.5 years of effort, they developed a multidimensional plugin that takes care of all security issues.
To get you a clearer picture, I focused on testing the following MalCare features:
- Installation and Setup
- MalCare Dashboard
- MalCare Scanner
- MalCare Cleaner
- MalCare Firewall
- Website Hardening
- Website Management
- Secure Backups
So, let’s start off with what all I found impressive about MalCare.
Installation and Setup
The process seems very straightforward even if you are doing it for the first time. The best part is that it won’t take more than 5 minutes to get the set up done!
Here is how the installation works:
Step 1: Click the Add Site option and insert the URL of your site.
Step 2: Next you will have to install the plugin on your site.
And you’re done! The process is pretty simple and easy!
Overview of the MalCare Dashboard
As soon as MalCare is installed and your site is added, the scanning of the same site begins. Convenient right? Moreover, the dashboard is also systematically arranged for you to find and use all features with ease.
The dashboard is divided into the following sections:
You also have quick links to the same actions on the left-hand side of the dashboard.
Once the scan is done, there is a Score displayed on the right at the bottom of the screen indicating the health of your site. Along with that, the number of files scanned and infected is also displayed. Neat isn’t it.
The score is ranked from D to A with A being the best score and D the worst. It will help you understand how good your security is and how it can be improved. I was glad to find that even the sites that received a D and could be protected because MalCare gave me suggestions on how to enable protections to improve the score.
The next feature I tested was the scanner. It was built after analyzing over 240,000 websites and uses its collective intelligence to detect unknown and new malware.
I tried the scanner on one of my hacked websites. Here’s how I configured the MalCare scanner.
Step 1: First, I logged into the MalCare dashboard.
Step 2: On the dashboard, there is a Scan Now button under the Security section. I selected that and the scanning began.
It took a couple of minutes for the scan to complete following which MalCare told me if my site was clean or hacked.
I investigated how MalCare scanner works. Here are a few behind-the-scenes details on the same:
This is a feature that I was impressed to find when I dived deep into how the scanner works. MalCare employs AI technology to find new and complex malware on your site.
It learns to track changes and validate those changes as normal or not. This also enables the scanner to accurately locate the presence of malware in a site. MalCare does more than signature matching which is the regular method to find malware on a WordPress site.
The MalCare scanner will not overload your server when it is scanning the site (one of the few scanners to do so). The scanning is done on their server thus not affecting the performance of your page at all! When I used the on-demand scanner, the speed of my site remained affected.
Low False Positives
As of now, I haven’t received any false positives. While talking to the support (had a few questions surrounding the scanner), I found out that MalCare takes additional efforts in ensuring that it reports only when a legit malware is found. Lack of false positives is a huge relief, to be honest.
Happy with what I found with the scanner, I decided to try out the malware cleaner. I used it on one of my hacked sites. The cleaning process is efficient and took only a few minutes to complete!