What Are The Best WordPress Security Plugins?

best wordpress security pluginsAlthough WordPress in itself is very secure, it is not safe or wise to rely only on WordPress to secure your websites. WordPress security plugins are easy to use (mostly free) and can help you track and improve the overall security status of your website. So in no particular order (and this is by no means an exhaustive list of each site capability), here are seven of the best WordPress security plugins.

  1. Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security works by scanning the source code of your website and comparing it against the official repository. Wordfence also keeps a central database of attackers and blocks them on all websites that use the plugin.

  1. iThemes Security

iThemes Security enables you to hide your dashboard, admin, and login pages. The plugin will also continually monitor your website for unusual activities and keep you updated.

  1. BulletProof Security

BulletProof Security comes with a useful one-click setup method and keeps your website safe from spammers and hackers with five email alert options.

  1. Limit Login Attempts

WordPress by default allows unlimited login attempts per user – this poses a huge threat risk for any website. Limit Login Attempts plugin does one job only. It limits the login attempts per user.

  1. AntiVirus

AntiVirus is a popular WordPress security plugin for protecting websites against spam and malware. AntiVirus runs daily scans on your site and provides you email notifications about its findings. AntiVirus also allows you to enable Google Safe Browsing in order to prevent phishing.

  1. All In One WP Security & Firewall

All In One WP Security & Firewall lets you choose the safety and firewall rules from the three available categories – basic, intermediate and advanced. Based on the security practices you have applied, All In One WP Security & Firewall will then provide you with a grading point.

  1. Acunetix WP Security

Acunetix WP Security helps you to secure your database, protect your admin area, check file permissions and hide the WordPress version. It also lets you create a complete backup of your database so that you can restore your site if needed.

Security Plugins are all about fixing common holes, stopping automated attacks and strengthening user credentials. One-click activation for most features makes a lot of these sites irresistible and easy to use, but do remember to read the installation instructions and FAQ before installing any plugin. Some plugins make significant changes to your database and other site files, which can be a problem. Always back up your files before installation.

How To Secure Your WordPress Website

WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) and blogging system on the Internet so it’s a prime target for hackers. If you have a WordPress site, you need to take some extra precautions to protect your data and your visitor’s data. The following tips won’t guarantee 100% protection against hacking because a 100% secure website doesn’t exist, but they will protect you against the majority of attacks and that is some comfort, right?

  •         Keep Your WordPress Site And Plugins Up-To-Date

Most of the new WordPress and plugin versions contain security patches.

  •         Don’t Use The “admin” Username

Most hackers assume that your admin username is “admin”. Change it.

  •         Use Strong Passwords

Use an entire sentence that makes sense to you and that you can remember easily.

  •         Ensure Your Computer Is Free Of Viruses And Malware

If your computer is infected with virus or a malware software, a hacker can gain access to your login details and make a valid login to your site.