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Best WordPress Security Plugins

September 28, 2016 WordPress Help
There are many WordPress security plugins that can help you securing your website, but the options can be overwhelming. When it comes to finding the ideal security plugin for your WordPress site, we strongly recommend finding one that suits your needs and maintaining it properly. To help you narrow down your options, the following security plugins have been recommended by most of the WordPress users. These plugins are ranked highly, used widely across the industry, and will help secure your site against potential attacks.  
  1. iThemes Security

Formerly known as Better WP Security, this plugin prevents a number of different common attacks through strengthened user credentials, site & database monitoring, locking out users with multiple invalid login attempts, changing the admin login path and username, and limiting the number of times users can access the site (brute force protection). Not to mention, these plugin backs up database files prior to securing your site. It’s easy-to-use, quick start installation makes this plugin ideal for site security.  Features:
  • Two-Factor Authentication – uses mobile app or generate a code emailed to you.
  • Malware Scan Scheduling – Automatically scan for malware each day and send an email if an issue is found.
  • Password Security and Protection – Generates strong password and set a maximum password age. It even force users to choose a new password if needed.
  • Google reCAPTCHA – Protect your website against spammers.
  • User Action Logging – Track users when they are editing content, logging in or out.
  • Import/Export Settings – Saves time setting up multiple WordPress sites.
 
  1. Wordfence Security

This plugin is powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed. They also offer a Premium API key that gives you Premium Support like Country Blocking, Scheduled scans, Password auditing and check your website IP address if it is being use to Spamvertize. Wordfence is a Multi-site compatible that includes mobile sign-in that permanently secures your website from brute force hacks. Features:
  • Firewall – Block attackers before they can access your website.
  • Blocking feature – If another site is being attacked and the Wordfence has blocked it, your site is automatically protected.
  • Login Security – Two factor authentication, includes login security to lock out brute force hacks.
  • Security Scanning – Scans HeartBleed vulnerability, with free scan for all users. It also scans for many known backdoors that create security holes.
  • Firewall – Block common security threats such as fake Googlebots and malicious scans.
  • Monitoring Feature – See all traffic in real-time, automated bots and reverse DNS.
  • Caching – Uses Falcon engine and reduces your web server disk and database activity.
  • IPv6 Compatible – Including all whois lookup, location, blocking and security functions.
  • Major Theme and Plugins supported – supports WooCommerce and other major plugins.
  • Free Learning Center – Broaden your WordPress and security knowledge by their learning center.
 
  1. Sucuri Security

Sucuri is a monitoring tool for certain changes and activities that can harm your WordPress site. A layered approach to proactive and reactive website security. Since it needs a lot of understanding and familiarity with codes and file systems within WordPress, this plugin is meant for developers and admins who are experts in analyzing this information. It is a security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection, and security hardening. Features:
  • Security Activity Auditing
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Remote Malware Scanning
  • Blacklist Monitoring
  • Effective Security Hardening
  • Post-Hack Security Actions
  • Security Notifications
  • Website Firewall (add-on)
 
  1. Google Authenticator

This plugin implements two-step verification service using  Time-based One-time Password Algorithm (TOTP) for authenticating users of mobile applications by Google. If you are security aware, you may already have the Google Authenticator app installed on your smartphone, using it for two-factor authentication like method of authentication is done as a text, voice text, voice call.  
  1. BulletProof Security

Well known for its ability to secure and monitor logins, as well as prevent SQL injection attacks, BulletProof Security uses .htaccess files to secure the entire WordPress installation. In addition, it protects against RFI, CSRF, XSS, and Base64 attacks. This plugin also features verbose logging capabilities, which are handy for troubleshooting by your or Liquid Web’s admins. The available maintenance mode, backup and restoration of .htaccess files, login security, firewalls, and strengthened access privileges all make this plugin a great option to secure your site. Free Version Features:
      • One-Click Setup Wizard
      • .htaccess Website Security Protection (Firewalls)
      • Hidden Plugin Folders|Files Cron (HPF)
      • Login Security & Monitoring
      • Idle Session Logout (ISL)
      • Auth Cookie Expiration (ACE)
      • DB Backup: Full|Partial DB Backups | Manual|Scheduled DB Backups | Email Zip Backups | Cron Delete Old Backups
      • DB Backup Logging
      • DB Table Prefix Changer
      • Security Logging
      • HTTP Error Logging
      • FrontEnd|BackEnd Maintenance Mode
      • UI Theme Skin Changer (3 Theme Skins)
      • Extensive System Info
    The importance of maintaining a secure website cannot be overstated. WordPress sites are often a target for attackers and therefore extra caution should be taken with your security.    

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