13 Best WordPress Security Plugin You Should Use

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Word-press is popular CMS and approximately 22%  of websites are powered by WordPress. As WordPress is becoming popular day by day among webmasters or bloggers, it is becoming susceptible to cyber attacks. Hackers are trying to figure out the loopholes in this versatile and highly customizable CMS.  Security is an important issue to run your business smoothly and keep your users. Though thousands of plugin are available in WordPress Plugin directory but less number of plug-in are available which are dedicated to WordPress security. Today we take a look at best Plugins to secure WordPress blog.

Here is a list of WordPress Security Plugins

iThemes Security (Better WP Security ): iThemes security plug-in is easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress . It’s a package which provides 14 different features to make your blog Hacker Proof check out details list of features of Better WP Security. Install this plugin and you don’t need to install another security plugin. Currently this plugin is free but they are planning to release premium version with ongoing support and new features.

Bullet Proof Security: This plug-in provides many layers of security to WordPress site. It’s one of the core features is to protect website from SQL injection, through which we can add content to website without permission.

Following are the key features of this plug-in

LogIn Security and Monitoring

.htaccess website security protection

DB Back up

Db Backup logging

Db table prefix changer

Front end and Back end maintenance mode

This plugin has maintenance mode feature, if you are facing any security threat and trying to remove it and at the same time you don’t want to leave your visitors fumbled, you can put your site in maintenance mode and tell them why full site functions are not available . It’s a free plugin will never impact on site speed.

WordFence: WordFence is class security and performance plug-in that makes your site up-to 50% times faster and more secure.It starts by checking whether your site is already infected, by doing a server-side scan of your source code to the official word Press repository for core, themes and plug-ins. Then WordFence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster. In premium version, it provides two-factor authentication via sms, which helps your blog to prevent brute force attack, country blocking and the ability to schedule scans for specific times.

Word Fence used new caching engine called Falcon engine, which makes your site 50 times faster.

All in one WP security and Firewall: This plug-in has taken WordPress security to whole new level . It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques. For more information click here

WP security audit log : This plugin will figure out all the threats or security issues which is happening under WordPress blog or website or your WordPress multisite installation  by keeping a security audit log. It is only WordPress monitoring and auditing plugin that works on both WordPress single site installation and WordPress multisite.

Sucuri Security: This security plugin enables you to scan your WordPress site using sucuri sitecheck for Security and malware issues, and also verifies the security integrity of your core files right in your dashboard .You can also run the checks for malware, blacklisting and overall security status by scanning free here

Limit LogIn Attempt: This plug-in helps to limit the number of login attempts to access your WordPress admin dashboard. Limit login attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute force attack difficult or impossible.

Acunetix WP security : This plugin checks your WordPress site or blog for security threats and provide tips to correct them such as password, file permission, database security, version hiding, remove WP generator meta tag from core code  etc.

You can check another security scan plugin called Exploit Scanner which Search the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that it has fallen victim to malicious hackers. It does not remove anything its upto the user.

Google Authenticator : This plugin helps to make your blog more secure through smartphones.It gives you two–factor authentication using the Google authenticator app for android /iphone /blackberry.

WP-DB Manager: This Plug-in helps you to take backup database, optimize database, repair database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. It also supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database .

WP-DB backup database is used as an alternative . It takes backup of core table of WordPress

Pubsubhubbub: This plug-in is a simple way to tell people know in real-time when your blog is updated. Pubsubhubbub is widely adopted and is used by Google Reader, Google alerts and many other services. By default this plug-in pings the following services like Demo hub on Google app engine and Superfeedr.

File Monitor Plus: Monitor files under your WP installation for changes. When a change occurs, be notified via email . Usually monitor added/deleted/changed files changes in WP installation files.

Ask Apache Password Protect: This plugin is different from normal WordPress security plugin. They operate at the application-level by controlling or using PHP to stop attacks, this plugin works at the network-level BEFORE PHP, which is why this plugin is so darn effective. This plugin is specifically designed to stop automated attackers attempts to exploit vulnerabilities on your blog that result in a hacked site.

BBQ- Block Bad Queries:This  plugin  protects your website against malicious URL requests or we can say queries attempted on your server. BBQ checks all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests containing nasty stuff like eval(,base64_, and excessively long request-strings. This is a simple yet solid solution that works great for sites where .htaccess is not available.

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Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes about softwares, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides. He is the founder of Techmazic.com.

3 thoughts on “13 Best WordPress Security Plugin You Should Use”

  1. Hi Neeraj Kaple
    It was really a good post. It will help me to standardize my themes and be with the current good practices.

    It would have been very good if you could post the how to install those WordPress Security Plugins.

    Thanks a lot

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