As most of us already know, WordPress has the biggest community when it comes to support and consistency of creating new plugins and themes for us bloggers and business owners to take advantage of.

wordpress security plugins

There is a long list of qualified free plugins available for multiple purposes – to run your blog and business, and they come with a massive variety of features. 

But right now, we’re talking about WordPress security… something that often gets overlooked. Without it, your site can end up in pretty bad shape. Nobody wants that, or has time for it either.

As I did some research on protection (since I’ve had some issues in the past), I made a list of some plugins worth looking into. You can thank me later 🙂

iThemes Security

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iThemes Security, known as ‘Better WP Security’ in its previous life, is a plugin on a mission to help protect your WordPress site in more than 30 different ways. It protects automated attacks (ughh), common security flaws, adds a two factor authentication process, password expiration, does a malware scan frequently, and a list of other things for WordPress security. 

The ratings are below. I provided this on each plugin because I don’t know about you but I like to see how many people are using it, update info, and overall performance. 

Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

Backup WordPress

All of your hard work should never go down in flames, just sayin’. Backup WP is a plugin that does what it says it will do – back that thing up!  I didn’t find a Pro version for this one. There are some FAQ’s on the page fyi. 

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Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

Sucuri

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I heard about Sucuri in the past when a friend of mine had a major issue with hacking. It cleans your site if it gets hacked, protects you from attacks, does malware scanning, and blocks out all the bad stuff.

There’s 4 videos on the page that talk about all of these things. And it looks like the basic plan starts at $16.66 per month but they bill you annually. So, that comes to $200 for a year. Overall, many website owners trust the service.

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Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

All in One WP Security and Firewall 

All in One is another plugin that focuses on checking and fixing vulnerabilities in your WordPress site. It protects against attacks and sends you an email notification when someone gets locked out of your site.  It also comes with a ‘security scanner’ to track files that are changed to look for malicious or suspicious code.

It seems to be very stable and easy to use. There’s a 4 minute video on the page that gives you an overview of what the plugin can do to protect you. 

Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

Key CAPTCHA

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Key CAPTCHA helps to block out attacks by having you prove that you’re human. I love the idea of a captcha because it reduces spam A LOT.

Key CAPTCHA is effective, has lots of options, and lets you protect login, comments, forms and more so that you’re completely covered and secure. It doesn’t look like there is a Pro version or anything but you have to get the plugin from its main site.

Wordfence

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I installed this plugin recently and I must say, it’s doing it’s job. It did a scan and found about 20 or so issues that needed fixed on my site. Most of them had to do with plugins that I weren’t even using. So, those got kicked to the curb.

There’s a lot more you can benefit from by getting the Pro version of course, but for the free version, it works well and you have a lot of options for protecting your site. You’re even able to lock people out from trying to login to your site if they use certain words, such as “admin”, the common username.

wordfence-security-plugin

Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

Optimize Database

Optimize Database should keep your WordPress site running smoothly by keeping your database clean and preventing errors.

All these and many more plugins can all help you to keep your WordPress site safe and secure – but remember that too many plugins can present a risk in themselves. Try not to overdo it – choose a security plugin and CAPTCHA that works for you and then just use common sense to protect against the rest!

Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

 

BulletProof Security

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This plugin is suppose to be very easy to setup and use. It has a one-click setup wizard and a long list of featured highlights that you can read about by clicking the image below.

It also has a Pro version that you can buy for $60 which looks like it’s pretty effective if 30,000 sites have installed it and not one has been hacked in over 5 years.

Worth it? Maybe so.

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Click on the image above to download and read about the features/benefits.

If you have any other WordPress security plugins to add to the list, I’d like to hear about them. You can also read my post on taking other WordPress security measures here

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