On an average more than 40,000 websites are hacked everyday. WordPress sites are no exception from this. Since it is an open source, popular Content management system, a WordPress site is more vulnerable than any other site on the Internet. Plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software are a few of the many reasons, why a WordPress can be hacked.
In our last post, we have taught you how to secure your WordPress Site Completely. We have listed more than 10 important things to do to secure your WordPress blog/site in a full fledged way. In this post we have listed out top 5 WordPress Security plugins that will help you a lot in securing your site from unwanted hacking attacks and exploits.
We use this plugin on FactsnFakes. It does a tremendous job in securing our site. This security plugin scans the entire site for any malware or virus right after it was installed. It even scans the themes and plugins for any malicious code. More than 4 million WordPress sites have installed Wordfence Security plugin. But there were a few negative feedback as well. Some say that this plugin puts lot of load on Hosting provider. But we’ve never etrustablexperienced anything like that upto now.
The free version of this plugin includes features like : firewall that blocks unknown bots and spiders, anti-virus scanning, malicious URL scanning and live traffic including crawlers, Monitor your DNS security for unauthorized DNS changes and lot more. The premium version of this plugin includes advanced features like Country Blocking, Cellphone Sign-in, Remote scans, Schedule scans, Comment spam filter. But the free version is more than enough anyway.
This WordPress security plugin is trusted by more than a million users worldwide. Like any other WordPress security plugin, BulletProof Security also contains both free and Paid version called as BulletProof Security Pro. This plugin does all the security configurations through the .htaccess file itself. The main features of this plugin are :
- .htaccess Website Security Protection (Firewalls)
- Login Security & Monitoring
- DB Backup – Manual and Scheduled and DB Backup Logging
- DB Table Prefix Changer
- Security Logging and HTTP Error Logging
- FrontEnd/BackEnd Maintenance Mode
- UI Theme Skin Changer
The pro version includes more advanced features oRestore Intrusion Detection & Prevention System (IDPS)
Quarantine Intrusion Detection & Prevention System (IDPS), Real-time File Monitor (IDPS), DB Monitor Intrusion Detection System (IDS), DB Diff Tool – data comparison tool, DB Backup – Manual and Scheduled
DB Status & Info – extensive database status & info,Plugin Firewall (True IP Based Firewall), JTC Anti-Spam / Anti-Hacker, Uploads Folder Anti-Exploit Guard (UAEG), .htaccess Website Security Protection (Firewalls), Custom php.ini Website Security, Login Security & Monitoring w/Dashboard Alerting / Status Display & additional features, F-Lock – Read Only File Locking, FrontEnd/BackEnd Maintenance Mode, Security Logging and a lot more. This is a perfect alternative for Wordfence security plugin.
iThemes Security, formerly known as Better WP Security, is used by more than 3 and a half million WordPress sites on internet. This plugin also consists of free and paid version. The free version of this plugin includes features like :
- Remove the meta “Generator” tag,
- Change the URLs for WordPress dashboard including login and admin panel,
- Completely turn off the ability to login for a given time period,
- Change the WordPress database table prefix,
- Change wp-content path,Scan your site to instantly tell where vulnerabilities are and fix them,
- Ban troublesome bots and spiders
- Prevent brute force attacks
- Backup and email database
and a few more too. The Pro version consists of more advanced features like user action logging, 2 factor authentication, malware scanning, GeoIP blocking and a lot more. But the free version would suffice for starters.
This plugin is not as popular as the ones mentioned above. But this plugin is used and trusted by more than 600,000 users worldwide. This is a complete free security plugin and offers almost same features like the ones mentioned above. The features include : User accounts, User login and Registration security, Database and File System security, Firewall and Blacklist functionality, .htaccess and wp-config.php file backup and restore, malware scanner, brute force attack prevention, Spam prevention, front-end text copy prevention, Whois lookup and a lot more features. Even though this plugin is not used by more users like ones above, this looks a better and trust able alternative.
5. Few Other WordPress Security Plugins
To be frank the 4 WordPress security plugins are more than enough. But there are also a few other security plugins available, which are not upto the mark as the ones above. However most of them are abandoned and unsupported for now, so i really don’t want to mention those here. Just go with the first 4 mentioned above. They offer more enough features than needed.
That’s all for now friends. These are the top WordPress security plugins that can save you a lot of trouble in future if installed. Thank you 🙂