Top WordPress Security Plugins
WordPress itself is a very secure platform but with the addition of good WordPress security plugins it can be even better. In this article, I will discuss various security plugins available for WordPress. These security plugins offer a range of features designed to make your WordPress site even more secure.
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world. Millions of websites are using WordPress as a content publishing platform. So, hackers, both black and white hat, are also more interested in hacking WordPress based websites.
- The main target areas for hackers are WP plugin and theme vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software.
Although WordPress automatically pushes updates to patch all known vulnerabilities, third party themes and plugins can make WordPress vulnerable. SoakSoak malware affected many thousands of WP websites by exploiting the vulnerability in a plugin.
- You can monitor your site’s load time, performance and security using a plugin such as WP Scanner. This plugin monitors file changes, permissions, server headers and other security concerns.
My selection of WordPress security plugins (in no particular order) are:
WordFence is one of the most downloaded WordPress security plugins. WordFence Security is 100% free and open source.
It scans all the files of your WordPress core, theme and plugins. If it finds any kind of infection, it will notify you. They also claim to make your WordPress website 50 times faster by using the Falcom caching engine.
This plugin blocks bruteforce attacks and can add two factor authentication via SMS. You can also block traffic from a specific country. A firewall is included to block fake traffic, botnet and scanners. The plugin also scans your hosting for known backdoors including C99, R57 and several others. If it finds anything, you will get an email.
Posts and comments are also scanned for malicious code. You can check the traffic on your website in real time to see if there is any ongoing security threats.
They offer you premium support should it be required.
Click here to view/download WordFence
BulletProof Security is another popular, free, WordPress security plugin that takes care of your WordPress security. It adds firewall, database, login and backup security and more. It comes with a one-click setup interface. Just activate this plugin and it will take care of your website.
It limits failed login attempts, blocks security scanners, fake traffic, IP blocking and code scanners. It continually checks the WordPress core files, themes and plugins. It also optimises the performance of your website by adding caching and comes with built-in file manager for .htaccess.
This security plugin protects your WordPress websites against various vulnerabilities including XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection, SQL Injection and many others.
They also offer premium support, but the free version is probably enough to make your website secure.
Click here to view/download BulletProof Security
Sucuri Security is from the popular website security and auditing company Sucuri (as you might have guessed). This plugin offers various security features such as; activity auditing, file integrity monitoring, remote malware scanning, blacklist monitoring, effective security hardening, post-hack security actions, security notifications and a website firewall (premium).
It protects your website from DOS attack, Zero Day Disclosure Patches, bruteforce attacks and other scanner attacks. Logs of all security activities are kept safe in the Sucuri cloud should your site go down. If there is anything wrong, you will be notified via email.
They also offer you premium support should you need it.
Click this link to view/download Sucuri Security
iThemes Security (Formerly Better WP Security)
iThemes Security gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress website. With one click installation, you can stop automated attacks, strengthen user credentials, protect your website and fix common security holes.
It scans your entire website to find any potential vulnerability. It also prevents bruteforce attacks and bans IP addresses which try to use bruteforce, troublesome user agents, bots and other hosts. It also forces users to use secure passwords.
The plugin makes regular backups of your WordPress database, allowing you to get back online quickly in the event of an attack.
They also offer you premium support should you need it.
Click the link to view/download iThemes Security
All in One WP Security & Firewall
All In One WP Security & Firewall is a comprehensive, easy to use, stable and well supported WordPress security plugin. The plugin doesn’t slow down your site and is 100% free.
It protects against bruteforce login attack with the Login Lockdown feature. You can choose to be notified via email whenever somebody gets locked out due to too many login attempts.
The plugin will detect weak passwords and allow you to create very strong passwords with the Password strength tool. The account activity of all users is monitored and username, IP and login date/time tracked.
For database security you can schedule automatic backups and receive email notifications. You can also easily modify and backup your original .htaccess and wp-config.php files in case you need them to restore broken functionality. PHP code is protected by disabling admin area editing.
The firewall will block all login attempts from people and malicious bots and block Brute Force Login Attacks instantly. It denies bad query strings, prevent XSS, CSRF, SQL injection, and other security threats.
The security features for this plugin are quite extensive. Click here to view/download All in One WP Security & Firewall
Additional Security Measures
These security plugins will only help if you follow some simple security measures yourself:
- Always keep your WordPress installation up to date.
- Always keep plugins and themes up to date, even those you have disabled.
- Download themes and plugins only from trusted sources. Anyone can write a WordPress theme or plugin and place whatever code they wish inside. This is an easy way for malware to gain access to your website. Don’t do it.
- Avoid using the default administrator username, ‘admin’. You simply make the attacker’s work easier.
- Always use strong passwords for your WordPress account. In fact, always use strong passwords everywhere.
WordPress Security Plugins Final Thoughts
These are just a few of the many WordPress security plugins you can use to make your WordPress blog secure.
- Before you try any of these plugins, MAKE A BACKUP.
Do not download and install them all at once. Try them one at a time until you find the one which suits your needs. Each of these plugins offers its own, unique security features. I think any of the above WordPress security plugins will help you feel more relaxed, knowing your site is safer.
- Features which your WordPress security plugin must have as a minimum are; malware scanning, exploit scanning and brute force protection.
With an increasing number of hacking attacks, it is necessary to have security in your website.
- As a WordPress user, what security plugin do you use in your website? Let us know in the comments.
Also, if you have any comment, corrections or items you think should be added to, WordPress Security Plugins, please do not hesitate to let me have them in the comment box below.