Top 5 WordPress Vulnerability Scanning Tools

Top 5 Wordpress Vulnerability Scanning Tools

Nowadays, numerous websites are powered by open-source platforms. One such platform is WordPress. According to an estimate, around 35% of websites are powered by WordPress. This huge figure tells us about the popularity of this CMS.

WordPress has numerous benefits that drive businesses towards it. These benefits include ease of use, fast learning curve, and ease of downloading the software. However, all these benefits can easily become unimportant if your WordPress website experiences a security breach and gets hacked.

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If you wish to avoid getting into this trouble, you should regularly check whether your WordPress website is secure or not with these WordPress vulnerability scanning tools.

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The top 5 WordPress vulnerability scanning tools are:

Sucuri SiteCheck

Sucuri is one of the most widely used website security scanners. One of the advantages of using Sucuri is that you can not only scan websites powered by WordPress but can also scan websites that have been developed using other CMS.

It is capable of detecting links marked as “not secure.” Even when you move your website from HTTP to HTTPS, some URLs remain on HTTP. Those links are then marked as “not secure.” Sucuri then assists in identifying such website links on your site.

Sucuri SiteCheck also helps in detecting malware. Also, if your website has been blacklisted by any of the search engine sites, then this tool will help you in identifying those websites.

Lastly, WordPress releases updates when any security vulnerability is identified in the core, themes, or plugins. Sucuri SiteCheck lets you know if any of the updates are still pending.


When it comes to reliability, WPScan is no less. It allows you to run several vulnerability checks for your installations.

Using WPScan, you can detect several vulnerabilities. These include vulnerabilities in WordPress core, themes, and plugins; a vulnerability that exists when weak passwords are being used; vulnerabilities in WP security configuration; and vulnerabilities in full server headers.

One of the biggest advantages of using WPScan is that it offers numerous tests. Hence, if you use WPScan for your business website, you can make it 100% secure.

What makes this plugin even more secure is that it has an extensive database that documents comprehensive vulnerability data. Developers then use this database to improve the security of websites.

There is no reason why one wouldn’t want to use this plugin. It has all that is needed to detect possible security vulnerabilities.

Pentest-Tools WP Scanner

This tool can also be used to scan the security vulnerabilities of your WordPress installations. It performs numerous security checks with WPScan in the background.

Pentest-tools generally tests WordPress core, themes, and plugins. They also perform plugin enumeration and WordPress user detection. Eventually, they also help download the results in PDF format.

If you want to use this tool, simply go to the Pentest tools WP test page Once you have opened this page, buy some credits and run the test. You will get the results!

The results will be quite comprehensive. You will be given details of each and every security vulnerability so that you can deal with them accordingly.

This might sound too simple, but it really isn’t. A lot can go wrong while running these security checks if a layman does them. Hence, it is highly recommended that you should outsource this task to an expert who is a pro at this job.

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Quttera is another reliable name on the list. It has already established its name in scanning WordPress websites. However, it also scans Jumla, Drupal, and Magento websites. It can easily identify several hacking attacks including, but not limited to, cross-site scripting XSS, SQL injection, etc.

What really makes it stand out among the rest is that it offers malware assessment reports, easily detects Google and Yandex blacklist statuses, and assigns four severity types.

However, Quttera has its own set of drawbacks. One such drawback is that it cannot scan large websites. If your website is larger than 20MB, then Quttera won’t work for your website. You need to consider some other alternatives.

Also, since this scanner is free of cost, it is very likely that it will take a lot of time for your website to get scanned if a lot of people are using it at the same time.

MalCare Security Scanner

MalCare is considered to be one of the fastest and most reliable plugins for vulnerability scanning. A lot of hard work has gone into the development of this plugin. The team behind this plugin analyzed almost 240,000 websites before developing it. Hence, no one can doubt its reliability and utility. This plugin is capable of detecting several types of hacking attacks, such as local file inclusion, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and command injections.

The best thing about this scanner is that it not only scans for security vulnerabilities but also helps in the removal of malware. Additionally, it also offers protection against any future hacking attempts. The cherry on top, it doesn’t overload the server either!

However, the only drawback is that it won’t work for websites that you have built on your own computer.

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These vulnerability scanning tools might look too attractive on the outside, but they have their own set of disadvantages.

Such scanners perform a very artificial security check. They are not capable of running deep scans because they are remote. Hence, they end up missing several hidden malware. You might need more of developers tools and techniques to fix this.

Another disadvantage is that these scanning tools do not run the security check automatically. Also, these do not implement WordPress security measures by themselves. You have to do it yourself. Hence, we do not recommend our clients completely rely on these scanning tools. This is because the website needs to be regularly checked for security breaches.

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Updated on: 1 September 2022 |

Nirmal Gyanwali, Director of WP Creative

Nirmal Gyanwali

With over 16 years of experience in the web industry, Nirmal has built websites for a wide variety of businesses; from mom n’ pop shops to some of Australia’s leading brands. Nirmal brings his wealth of experience in managing teams to WP Creative along with his wife, Saba.