Gravityscan – the free WordPress security monitor – is closing down

Today sad news popped in my inbox and to support the news the “site security by gravityscan” badge has disappeared from the bottom of the site. They are saying in their e-mail (see below) that they didn’t reach the required mass of users. Maybe there is a bigger problem there – a lot of WordPress users don’t know they need security on the site. Anyways looking forward to Gravityscan follow up products.

Here is the full Gravityscan service shutdown e-mail from the Defiant team:

We have some exciting news and some bittersweet news. We will jump straight to the point that we will be shutting down Gravityscan on March 8th, 2018. We can’t thank you enough for supporting this fun and progressive experiment. Unfortunately, it never found the critical mass of devoted customers it needed to survive.

We have ended the Free Security Monitoring program and Gravityscan badges for those sites will be disabled today. Scheduled scans will continue to run for another month.

You will have access to your Gravityscan account through March 8th. We recommend that you remove the badge code from all of your sites at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions, please send them to

The exciting news is we are already at work on new product ideas that will incorporate some of the amazing technology built into Gravityscan and we believe help even more customers protect their websites.

Thank you again for supporting Gravityscan. You played an important role in this journey. This decision doesn’t impact any of Defiant’s other products or services. We hope you’ll join us for the next chapter, as we continue our efforts to make the web safer.


The Defiant Team


The code that embedded Gravityscan scanner looked something like this. Be sure to remove it from your website.

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Post Author: Tom Pai