WordPress is a PHP and database-based CMS which is often targeted by hackers. However, there are many WordPress plugins out there which are useful in preventing WordPress hacking. Therefore, I have created a list of the Top WordPress Security Plugins which will help you protect your blog from hackers.
One way to protect your blog is by implementing security measures from day one, you can always use .htaccess method to hardened your security, but as we know WordPress is full of plugins and here I’m sharing some of the best WordPress security plugins, which will help you to make your blog more secure.
As Harsh has discussed earlier, using too many plugins may hamper down your site performance, I recommend you to read the description and use only a few of these plugins that you need. Though, some of the plugins listed below like Login Lockdown and Akismet are one of those security plugins, which I highly recommend you to Install.
Apart from these plugins, I recommend you to read following posts that will help you to harden your blog security further:
- Create a WordPress Security Audit Log of all activities
- Essential WordPress security tips
- 9 steps to secure WordPress blogs
Best WordPress Security Plugins to Improve Security:
As we say, prevention is better than cure, and same is with your WordPress blog security. WordPress is PHP and MySQL based system and it’s vulnerable to hack attempt, so make sure you set up a proper backup system to take backup of your database and wp-content folder on the regular basis.
1. All in one Security plugin and Firewall:
At the time of writing, this is the most downloaded and well maintained plugin for improving your WordPress security. The plugin offers all essential features such as :
- Login lock down
- Security strength meter
- System info
- Backup Wp-config file
- Force user logout
- Account activity logs
- Enable manual approval of new registrations:
- Change database default prefix of WP (A highly recommended WordPress database security setting)
- Check and improve file system permission
- Block IP or IP range as well as user agents.
- Block external access to XMLRPC
- View last file change (Useful to find hacked WordPress files post hack)
And then there are many more features. If you are looking for a standalone security plugin, All In One WP Security & Firewall WordPress plugin is the best option.
2. Sucuri Security WordPress plugin:
With more than 0.4 million downloads, Sucuri is top Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening WordPress plugin. The plugin comes with plenty of options including options to integrate with Sucuri firewall which is an active monitoring of your WordPress site health.
Once you have installed an activated the plugin, you can start by configuring the settings. Most of the things get activated automatically when the plugin is activated, and rest are configurable.
3. Login LockDown:
Brute force attack is the most common type of attack a WordPress site gets and login lockdown is the simplest plugin that you can use against brute force attack. What this plugin does is; it logs the login attempt to your site and if too many failed login attempt made from the same I.P within 5 minutes, it will block access of that I.P. for next one hour.
You can always configure and change the time to match your requirement. But before you install this plugin I would suggest the look at other mentioned options, as other WordPress security plugins offer more options along with limit login option.
4. Restricted Site Access:
If you intend to restrict access for users/ visitors on one part of your website, then add this plug-in to your blog. For example, you can restrict one part of your website for parallel development or testing. Adding this plug-in will help you handle unwanted visitors to your blog or site as you can define the visibility settings for the same.
Restricted site access implies that visitors who are not logged in to your or allowed by IP address will not able to browse your site. You can a re-direct them to a custom location or display a message, or send them to the login page. You will also be able to add a range of imp addresses as well as yours to an unrestricted list. The re-direct location can be any path of your choice, choose to send the visitor to the same path and set the HTTP status code to facilitate a friendly search engine.
Use this plugin to take a backup of your database at regular intervals. You will able to configure the back-up settings, and once the intervals are set, the plug-in automatically takes a backup of your database and sends it to your e-mail. You can back up the core WordPress database tables as well as custom tables created by plugins. If your blog is hacked, you can easily import the files and restore the database using the backup.
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6. BulletProof Security:
BulletProof Security plug-in is the ultimate plug-in that uses .htaccess website security files to protect your root website folder and wp-admin folder and also provides additional website security protection. The different security modes are Root .htaccess security protection, wp-admin .htaccess security protection, Deny All .htaccess self-protection, WordPress default .htaccess mode and .htaccess Maintenance Mode (503 Website under Maintenance).
When you would like to work on your website, use the BPS maintenance mode and allow only yourself to access your WordPress Dashboard or add specific IP addresses that can also access your Dashboard in maintenance mode.
In BulletProof Security Mode, your WordPress website is protected against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking.
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Akismet fights against comment and trackback spam and keeps your blog secured through its Akismet web service. To use this plug-in, you need an API key that you can get from Akismet.com.
A comment status history is where you can list of comments that were found as spam. If any comment has a missing link or a hidden link, they will be highlighted, and you will get more information from the spam and Unspam reports.
WordPress community has a plugin database of more than 18000 plugins ranging from security to adding widgets. Choose to add only those WordPress security plugins that will keep your WordPress site a safe and secure free from virus and hackers.
I hope you enjoyed reading my choice of best WordPress security plugins, and if you believe I missed something do let me know via comments.
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