Top 10 WordPress Security Plugins

by Ashad Ubaid ur Rehman  April 5, 2017

Is the security of your WordPress site tight enough? If you have been working on a website for a long time, all your work could disappear in a very short time if you are a victim of a hacker. Most websites on WordPress have to deal with this security problem.

But, why is security necessary for the web application? It is because anything that is functioning over the Internet can succumb to compromise, such as data hacks, cyber espionage, and malicious software including malware and adware. The end result is damage to the online presence as well as the overall reputation of the business.

Best WordPress Security Plugins

In today’s era of cloud networking and infrastructure, many applications have emerged on the forefront of designing websites with ease and perfection. One of the many names is WordPress. WordPress is by far the most popular CMS in the world as more than 28% of the websites on the Internet are built on it. With so much utilization and customization, WordPress has created a very active community around it.

Pick Your WordPress Security Plugins

If you are an avid WordPresser and wish to secure your WordPress website, here is a list of best WordPress security plugins that can come in handy for you.

1. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

iThemes Security

iTheme Security protects your website by blocking suspicious users and preventing brute force attacks. It comes with more than 30+ options to secure your WordPress site and server. It detects bots, attempts made by hackers, and overcomes identified vulnerabilities. The plugin monitors the file system for unauthorized changes (a common issue at bad hosts). iThemes Security increases security using password protection and further enforces SSL certificates for all pages including admin pages.

2. Sucuri Security

Sucuri Security

Sucuri Security is another great security monitoring tool for WordPress websites. This web-based tool combines with a free WordPress plugin that protects the website from evil codes, malware, HTA hacks, and many other nuisances.

3. All In One WP Security & Firewall

All In One WP Security & Firewall

Although WordPress itself is a pretty secure platform, security breaches are still possible. A great way of dealing with security issues is to install All In One WP Security & Firewall, a comprehensive, easy-to-use, stable, and well-supported WordPress security plugin. It checks for vulnerabilities and enforces the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques. The All In One WordPress Security plugin does not slow down websites and is 100% free. It is multilingual and comes with a cool security scanner that scans the database and suggests security related changes and options.

4. Wordfence

Wordfence

Here is another great plugin that protects your WordPress website from a variety of bugs and hacks. The Wordfence plugin features anti-virus scanning, URL scanning, and firewall that protects the website from security threats, such as fake Google bots, malicious codes, and botnets. This security tool also blocks unwanted scrapers and online bots that perform unauthorized security scans on the website.

5. Bulletproof Security

Bulletproof Security

Want to have a proficient, all-in-one WordPress security solution? You cannot go wrong with Bulletproof Security. This great tool lets you do everything from a centralized location. Apparently, the maintainer of this module (AITPro) has done a fine job aligning the diversified tasks of security at one platform. The great news is that the plugin is absolutely free! The comprehensive coverage includes protection from CRLF, RFI, XSS, CSRF, Base64, SQL injection, and code injection hacking. This plugin has been critically acclaimed by the WordPress community.

6. VIP Scanner

VIP Scanner

Scanning is the process that lets you find out all security related issues in a WordPress website. I suggest you use the VIP Scanner, a plugin that offers an easy-to-use interface to scan a WordPress website. The scanner also lets you put checks on the files in the database so that they could be checked individually or be merged into comprehensive security scans.

7. Block Bad Queries (BBQ)

Block Bad Queries

Block Bad Queries is another great tool for preventing injection-related attacks on WordPress websites. Although the plugin might appear to be limited in its application. It has been critically acclaimed by the WordPress community as it blocks most of the attacks on a website. This is why it has great ratings and is increasingly becoming popular as a WordPress security plugin.

8. WP Antivirus Site Protection

WP Antivirus Site Protection

WP Antivirus Site Protection is a protective solution for your WordPress website. It detects and removes malicious viruses and suspicious codes. It helps you detect backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, fraud tools, adware, spyware, hidden links and much other security loopholes that could compromise the security of WordPress websites. WP Antivirus Site Protection also scans and analyzes all the files of the WordPress website (theme, plugins, and files in upload folder etc).

9. Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall

Brute-Force Firewall

This Anti-Malware scanner searches for Malware, Viruses, different security threats and vulnerabilities on the server and then lends a hand in the fixing stage. It comes in two packages; free and paid. The free option allows users to run a complete scan that automatically removes security threats and backdoor scripts. It provides a firewall block called SoakSoak with regular downloads of malware definition files. The premium feature further offers an inspection of the integrity of the WordPress core files. It blocks Brute Force and DDoS attacks as well.

10. VaultPress

VaultPress

VaultPress is a plugin that provides real-time backup and security scanning services. It is built by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. It offers regular backup and synchronization of every post, comment, media file, revision, and dashboard settings. For the WordPress community, VaultPress is the ideal backup solution. You can rely on the web host for backups, but it is better to use a tool that is more integrated with the WordPress and fulfills a specific purpose.

Verdict

The security of a WordPress website is a primary concern of every user of the Internet. If the hosting environment is not secured, the WordPress could be at risk. I recommend that the WordPressers should always host their websites with a host that is security-conscious, like Cloudways WordPress Hosting Platform. It is also suggested to secure a WordPress site by configuring WordPress .htaccess file.

However, if you aren’t sure whether your chosen hosting platform is secure, then go forth and download any of the above plugins and activate them to add an extra layer of security to the application. If you own an ecommerce store, there are few tips to secure WooCommerce store that you will find useful.

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About Ashad Ubaid ur Rehman

Ashad was a Digital Content Producer at Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. Looking for latest in WordPress developments? Look no further than Ashad! In his free time, you’ll find him listening to trance music, playing FPS games, and hanging out with his friends.

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