WordPress is a widely used blogging and website platform across the globe. The growing number of downloads proves the popularity of WordPress. The usage of WordPress is increasing not just because its FREE but because its powerful.
Though the WordPress is build on very robust and secure framework, and they take care of every possible security measure, there are incidents of hacker attacks on WordPress sites. It’s always good to have some security plugins that adds additional layer of security on WordPress based sites and blogs.
While doing some research, I have found some WordPress Security plugins that were really good, below are some of the free and paid security plugins that we have analyzed and used (in few projects). Please note that the list is in random order.
This is great security plugin which comes free to protect your WordPress site or blog. The major features offered in this plugin includes: User Accounts security, User Login Security (Protect against “Brute Force Login Attack” with the Login Lock down feature), User Registration Security (Ability to add captcha to the WordPress user registration page, nable manual approval of WordPress user accounts), File System Security, htaccess and wo-config.php file backup and restore, Blacklist Functionality (Ban users by specifying IP addresses or by specifying user agents), Firewall Functionality, Comment SPAM Security, Front-end Text Copy Protection and many more.
If you want to customize any piece of code you can get the code from github repository.
iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) is security plugin maintaine by iThemes.iThemes are renowned name in WordPress space and have been creating some realy usefull plugins. iThemes Security is availale in Pro Version. The Pro version offers more advanced featured like Two-Factor Authentication, Malware Scan Schedule, Password SEcurity and Expiration and many more.
The Sucuri Security WordPress Security plugin is free to all WordPress users.With one of the easy to use interface, it provides some really usefull scanning and monitoring features which includes Security Activity Auditing, File Integrity Monitoring, Remote Malware Scanning, Blacklist Monitoring and many more.
This is paid security plugin or WordPress. You will need to take subscription of VaultPress in order to use this plugin. The VaultPress plugin provides functionality to backup and synchronize every post, comment, media file, revision and dashboard settings on their servers.
BulletProof Security plugin is available in free and Pro versions. While BulletProof Security free version provides good security features its Pro version is contains more advanced features. Features like JTC Anti-Spam|Anti-Hacker, Real-time File Monitor (IDPS), DB Status & Info is only available with Pro version.
WP Antivirus Site Protection:
WP Antivirus Site Protection is the security plugin to prevent/detect and remove malicious viruses and suspicious codes. It detects: backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, fraud tools, adware, spyware, hidden links, redirection and etc. Its main features include Deep scan of every file, Bruteforce protection, Heuristic Logic feature and many more. The website scanning feature is absolutely free and you can use it for as many websites as you want.
All the above Security tools are very useful. Its always recommended having security plugins installed and configured correctly in your WordPress site before you write your first post.
That’s all from me. Let me know what is your choice of security Plugin.
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