Why is WordPress Security Important?
If your aim is to establish a successful WordPress website then proper security is key. It is important that you protect your website passwords and usernames as you would your credit card information. Putting proper security in place can protect you from being hacked, information theft among other malicious activities. Fortunately, WordPress has plugins that allow you to secure your plugins.
WP Security plugins can be categorized into four main areas.
- Full Security.
- Anti Virus.
- Fire walls.
- WP Login.
Full Security Plugins:
1 – All In One WP Security & Firewall.
All In One WP Security & Firewall is everything that its name says. It ensures that your website has the latest security features to protect you from spam and malware. All in One WP Security features include detecting user accounts with the same login and display names, database protection, firewall and blocking of proxy comments.
The plugin helps you to reduce your website’s vulnerability to hackers as having the same display and login name makes it much easier for them to hack your website. Not sure if your password is strong enough, this plugin tells you the strength of your password so that you can make it longer and more difficult. With All in One WP Security, you can monitor users of your websites from the comfort of your own home. There is also the login feature to protect against “Brute Force Login Attack”.
2 – 6Scan Security.
6Scan Security is as comprehensive as your car insurance but not as expensive. It is completely free. 6Scan Security automatically protects you from SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), CSRF among many other malicious activities. Other features include automatic malware fix, a firewall, protection against passwords hacking etc.
This plugin works well with other plugins, will not slow down your website and is installed with just a click of a button. Creators of 6Scan Security asserts that having a 6Scan security badge protection on your website can increase users’ confidence and generate more sales on your website.
3 – Jetpack.
Jetpack gives a lot of everything. It makes keeping track of visitors to your website very easy. This plugin provides fortified security in the forms of brute force attack protection, secured logins and two-factor authentication. The premium feature has malware scanning, automatic threat fixing, and site backups.
Jetpack takes it up a notch by allowing you to add rich visuals to make your site aesthetically pleasing. Add slideshows, tiled galleries embeds from Youtube, extra sidebar widgets. Connect with your readers by sharing items or blog posts on social media.
4 – iThemes Security.
According to the developers of iThemes Security, iThemes Security gives over 30 ways to barricade your site from all malicious intrusions. Some of its features include two-factor authentication, Import/Export Settings, Dashboard Widget and Password Expiration. iThemes Sync monitors the security of all your sites from one dashboard.
This plugin bans users who have tried to hack into other sites, bans users with too many failed attempt, regularly backs up data and informs you of changes to your files. It works well with Apache and LiteSpeed. It is completely free and to make it easier for you, there are tutorials to make the installation process easier than it already is.
5 – VaultPress.
VaultPress provides maximum security for your website. With this plugin, you do not have to worry about backing up information, automated backups are done and information stored in their offsite digital vault. If it happens that information gets lost, a simple click on the restore button and everything will fall back into place.
VaultPress automatically scans files for viruses and malware and other vulnerabilities. When detected, a click from you will have these vulnerabilities removed from your site. You can also transfer or copy your site from one host to another host.
6 – Wordfence.
This is the plugin that stops all malicious attacks before they even thinking of coming to your website. Wordfence monitors your traffic and enables you to see everything from logins to logouts. Two-factor authentication and strong passwords are another set of defences to keep your website protected.
Wordfence scans for malware, Trojans, and backdoors through which virus may enter. Monitor all your sites/blogs from one admin panel. Wordfence, compatible with IPv6, provides full security at no cost to you.
7 – Sucuri Scanner.
Sucuri Scanner is another WordPress plugin that provides full security for your website. With Sucuri, you can conduct your business in confidence as Sucuri monitor file integrity, automatically scans for malware and provides security notifications.
Sucuri is a unique plugin. It provides help in the rare chance that your website is hacked. Along with these features is a website firewall that you only pay a small amount to get. Sucuri Scanner is the perfect plugin to add some reinforcement to your website’s security.
8 – Bulletproof Security.
Bulletproof Security is bulletproof in every sense of the word. It ensures that your username and password are secure and it monitors users who log in and out of your website. The user interface makes setting up very easy. Among its many features are Hidden Plugin Folders|Files, Idle Session Logout (ISL) and Front/Back End Maintenance.
The Professional version monitors files in real time, deletes old backups, offers firewall protection along with many other top notch security features. Lastly, the developers of Bulletproof say its “effective, and reliable.”
9 – Security Ninja.
Security Ninja protects your site like a real ninja. With over 50 + tests, it ensures that your site is free from antivirus and malware. With just one click, you can check to ensure that there are no holes and vulnerabilities on your site.
Among the tests that Security Ninja use on your site are brute-force attack, file permissions, version hiding and debug and auto updates. Security Ninja makes no changes to your website neither does it slow down your site’s performance.
10 – WP Security Audit Log.
If you want a plug in that keeps track of pretty much everything then WP Security Audit Log is the plugin for you. WP Security Audit Log keeps track of every login activity on your site. You receive a notification when a new user is created, when a user changes another user’s information, when a user is deleted etc.
The features of the premium version include email notifications add-on, search add-on and lots more. If there is something that the plugin does not monitor, you can create your own custom add-on. WP Security Audit Log monitors PHP errors.
11 – Shield Security.
The developers of Shield Security describe Shield as simple and easy to use. Shield blocks malicious URLs and requests, hides your WordPress and login page, prevents brute force attack, monitors logins etc. This plugin has an audit trail feature that tracks all the activities of the users of your website.
Shield plugin has its own firewall that blocks out anything deemed harmful by the security rules. Shield blocks spam, IP address, and locks down your admin area. Think of something you want your site security to do, Shield can do it and at no cost.
12 – BBQ: Block Bad Queries.
No, it does not include barbecue chicken. BBQ blocks malicious URL requests. It monitors all incoming traffic and automatically blocks harmful requests.
BBQ ensures that your site works better and faster by blocking directory traversal attacks and executable file uploads. Increase your protection with the purchase of the of the Pro version. Get some BBQ sauce on your site.
13 – Bad Behaviour.
The plugin Bad Behaviour does as it name implies, chastises bad behaviour. Bad Behaviour is a PHP-based solution that blocks spam and the robots that transfer spam. With Bad Behaviour, spammers cannot even see your website which makes your website perform faster and better.
Bad Behaviour looks at the delivery method along with the software the spammer is using. This approach allows BB to block spam that others have not seen before. The installation process is a breeze and this plugin is very compatible so start downloading for a more protected site.
Anti Virus Scans:
14 – WP Antivirus Site Protection.
Viruses can be very harmful. They can infiltrate your website and cause downtime for long periods. WP Antivirus Site Protection is a plugin that works in the background to protect you from malicious software.
WP Antivirus deep scans every file on your website. It receives daily updates daily and has a scanner that detects different types of malware, a heuristic logic feature. and a malware removal feature.
15 – Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall.
Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall is the plugin that runs a complete scan on your website to detect threats, vulnerabilities, and backdoor scripts. When these are detected, this same plugin begins the process of removing them.
There is also a firewall that blocks SoakSoak and other malware from infiltrating your site.Updates are always available to protect you from new threats. The premium feature automatically downloads new updates, check the integrity of your WordPress Core files and patch your wp-login.
16 – Acunetix WP Security.
Acunetix WP Security is the security defence with which to barricade your WordPress site from viruses and malware. Acunetix scans your site for weaknesses and then suggest ways to correct them.
Some of its many features are suggestions for stronger passwords, backup for your website, removal of error information on the login page, and WordPress admin protection. This one of the best plugins for persons with multiple sites.
17 – WP-DB Manager.
This is a plugin that protects your site database. WP-DB Manager fixes glitches in your database, backups and deletes the backup database. You have the option of scheduling automatic backups and database repairs.
This plugin is available at no cost so download to protect your database before you find yourself having to start developing your website all over again.
18 – Security, Antivirus, Firewall – S.A.F.
S.A.F is a comprehensive plugin that protects your site from all threats that are out there. This plugin comes with a live system monitor which allows you to monitor every single activity that takes place on your WordPress site.
The Firewall component protects your site from hackers and bans the hacker’s IP. The brute force monitor allows you to limit the number of failed login attempts. The antivirus component protects you from virus and repair files already infected.
19 – WordPress Security.
WordPress Security is the ultimate security for your WordPress site. There is a BruteForce firewall to detect failed login attempts. WordPress Security sends notifications of attempted security breaches straight to your email.
The firewall also allows you to block individual users and blocks IP addresses from a particular country if you so desire. In addition to the feature previously mentioned, this firewall blocks IP addresses from which spam and brute-force attacks frequently come.
20 – Google Authenticator – Two Factor Authentication.
Google Authenticator provides a second login method in order to protect your site from hackers. You have the option of logging in with username + password + two-factor or username + two-factor. This plugin can be used by not just the admin but by all the users of your website.
If you misplace your phone, you can still get into your site with the help of OTP Over Email and Security Questions (KBA). This authenticator is a very easy to use, free plugin to protect information that could be invaluable to you.
21 – WP Hide & Security Enhancer.
Having default WordPress logins make your site more vulnerable to unscrupulous persons. Download WP Hide & Security Enhancer and change these default logins to logins that are very difficult to hack. Hide important details like your site’s core files, themes and plugin paths.
Leave no trace of yourself by deleting your WordPress fingerprints. The harder it is to find important WordPress database, the less likely are your chances of being hacked. Choose to remove pingback tag, wlwmanifest Meta, remove rsd_link meta and wpemoji to make your site more secure.
22 – Updraft Plus WordPress Backup Plugin.
According to the developers of Updraft Plus, this plugin is the highest ranked and most popular backup plugin. Updraft Plus allows you to easily backup and restores your WordPress site’s database.
Backup your database to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible) and many more clouds. The premium version allows you to backup to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure etc. In case of a server crash or hack, Updraft Plus is a good insurance policy to have.
23 – Brute Force Login Protection.
Brute Force Login Protection does what its name says it does. This plugin allows you to place a limit on the number of login attempts using the normal login form or Auth cookies. You can manually block or unblock IP addresses.
Brute Force also sends messages to make you, the admin, aware of blocked users. If that is not enough with Brute Force, you can delay execution after a failed login attempt. Protect your WordPress site from malicious users when you download this plugin.
24 – User Locker.
According to the developer of User Locker, this plugin makes brute force and dictionary attacks virtually impossible. You can put a maximum number of failed login attempts and when this is exceeded the user is locked out.
With User Locker, you can choose to ban selected users. This plugin can be translated into several languages and it is absolutely free.
25 – Login Lockdown.
Login Lockdown blocks the user if he exceeds the maximum amounts of failed login attempts. A user is blocked for one hour after three failed login attempts. This default setting can be changed by you.
The user/administration has the option of releasing a locked out IP address.
26 – AskApache Password Protect.
The security plugin AskApache is quite different from other security plugins. AskApache works at the network level that preceded PHP. AskApache works hard in the periphery to stop any attacks on your website.
The plugin has a virtual wall that blocks attacks before they reach your site. You can have one username and password that you use to protect your entire database and login page. AskApache for the win.
27 – Hide my WordPress – Security Plugin.
This plugin is pretty easy to figure out. Hide my WordPress allows you to hide and change WordPress admin and login URLs.
The pro version offers even more awesome features. This is one of the most trusted plugins so go download it and start protecting your website.
28 – WPS Hide Login.
WPS Hide Login allows you to change your login URL. Changing you login URL makes it harder for hackers to trace your website.
It is fully compatible with WordPress so download and erase those fingerprint smudges. You will have a more secure website with the installation of this plugin.
29 – WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam – All-in-One Spam Protection.
WP- Spamshield Anti-Spam is the big bad plugin that prevents spams from taking over your website. With WP-Spam Shield you can say goodbye to comment spam, registration spam, and any other spam you can think of.
Each year millions of WordPress sites get hacked and important information stolen. Download the plugin most suitable to your website. A good security plugin brings comfort and security.