As you probably know, WordPress is one of the largest and most popular blog platforms you can use. It’s easy to buy a domain, install WordPress and get started with blogging. It’s a great feeling when the first article is published and you want immediately see the next blog post lift off, right? It is simply addicting to write and publish articles. I know, I have written many thousands of articles, mostly about WordPress over the years.
But there is a big difference between writing articles and manage your WordPress site. There are now so many threats, spam, malware and virus spread among WordPress sites these days so the risk of your website being hacked is very large if you don’t tighten and harden up the security. So I highly recommend you take look at the security plugins or services you use. If you have not had time to install any security plugins yet, it’s really time to secure your site against all possible threats.
In the list below to I have listed some of the most used and popular security WordPress plugins. Install one of these as soon as you can. Getting your website hacked is not something want to encounter, trust me.
Wordfence Security is one of the most popular security plugins with over 1+ million active installs. With this plugin, you can safely secure your WordPress website. Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site is compromised. Wordfence Security is 100% free and open source and comes in both a free version and if you need, a premium API key that gives you Premium support etc. The main security features in Wordfence are:
- WordPress Firewall
- Blocking Features
- Login Security
- Security Scanning
- Monitoring Features
All In One WP Security & Firewall
The All In One WordPress Security plugin is a security and firewall plugin, perfect to protect your website. It’s a popular plugin with over 400,000+ active installs. The plugin is developed, designed and written by experts. It is easy to use, stable and well supported. This is a plugin that reduces security risks by checking for vulnerabilities and implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques. Key features:
- User Accounts, Login & Registration Security
- Database Security
- Blacklist Functionality
- Firewall Functionality
- Security Scanner
Sucuri Security is another popular WordPress plugin for security integrity monitoring, malware detection, audit logging and security hardening. The plugin has over 300,000+ active installs and is a globally recognized authority on website security. This is a free plugin and it is perfect for monitoring your site for malware detection. It’s a security suite meant to complement your existing security presence and it includes security features such as:
- Security Activity Audit Logging
- File Integrity Monitoring
- Remote Malware Scanning
- Blacklist Monitoring
- Effective Security Hardening
iThemes Security, (formerly known as Better WP Security) is a security plugin with 800,000+ active installs. With iThemes Security you can secure your website and lock down WordPress, fix common holes, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials. This is the perfect plugin to help you harden the security in WordPress. iThemes Security offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress and is an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.
- Blocking Bad Users and Increasing the Security of Passwords
- Detects Bots and Other Attempts to Search for Vulnerabilities
- Hides Common WordPress Security Vulnerabilities
- Monitors Filesystem for Unauthorized Changes
- Run Scans for Malware
AntiVirus is another popular security plugin with 100,000+ active installs. This is an easy-to-use plugin that protects your blog or website against exploits and spam injections. It is a safe tool to harden your WordPress site against exploits. You can configure the plugin to perform an automated daily scan of your theme files and database tables. If there is any suspicious code injections AntiVirus will send out a notification via e-mail.
- Virus Alert in the Admin Bar
- Cleaning up After Plugin Removal
- Daily Scan with Email Notifications
- Database Tables and Theme Templates Checks
- Whitelist Solution: Mark Suspected Cases As “No Virus”
Which WordPress plugin, system or service are you using to secure your own WordPress website? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!