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WordPress (WP) is the most popular and widely used blogging platform. It supports every kind of website, from a simple blog to a full-featured business website. Twenty-six percent of all websites globally use WordPress. As a result of this popularity, hackers and spammers have taken keen interest in breaking the security of WP-operated sites.

In this post, we’re going to cover some of the best WordPress security plugins that can help reduce the risk of your website being hacked. These security plugins offer several features to make your WordPress blog secure from known vulnerabilities. The list contains plugins for access control, login security, spam protection, content theft protection, backup tools, file integrity monitoring, email protection, firewall and much more.

Here is a list of some of the top security plugins that can be used to keep your WordPress site secured:

Wordfence

With one million downloads and a rating of 4.9/5, WordFence is one of the most popular WordPress security plugins. It covers login security, IP blocking, security scanning, and WordPress firewall and monitoring.

WordFence starts by checking if the site is already infected. It does a deep server scan of the site’s source code and compares it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins.

The plugin is great for beginners and pro users alike.

If you want to secure your website with some more features, then you can also try the premium version of this plugin, which includes country blocking, two-step authentication, scheduled scanning and more.

iThemes Security

iThemes Security is a WordPress security plugin that claims to provide 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress website from attacks. It strengthens user credentials by fixing common vulnerabilities and automated attacks. The plugin is available in both free and premium versions.

iThemes covers all of the following:

  • Two-factor authentication
  • Brute force protection
  • Monitoring core files for any changes
  • Ticketed support (for pro users)
  • Logging user actions
  • Locking out users for multiple incorrect credential attempts
  • Forcing the use of secure passwords for specific user roles and file permissions

Sucuri Security

Sucuri offers a free plugin that is available in the WordPress repository. This plugin offers various security features like malware scanning, security activity auditing, blacklist monitoring, effective security hardening, file integrity monitoring, and a website firewall. It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture.

The Sucuri plugin tracks all activity on your site. This includes when users log in or when changes are made to your site. This way, if there is a breach in security, you’ll be able to review the activity logs and find out what happened.

All in One WPSecurity & Firewall

All In One WP Security & Firewall is also among the most popular WordPress security plugins. It has a user-friendly interface for those who are not familiar with advanced security settings. This plugin protects your website by checking vulnerabilities and implementing the latest techniques and security measures.

One useful feature of All in One WP Security & Firewall is a meter on your dashboard that gives your site a score of how secure it is. By adding additional security options, you can increase your score.

It also has a security scanner that keeps track of files and notifies you about each change in your WordPress system. It can also detect malicious code in your WordPress website.

BulletProof Security

Another popular plugin that helps to secure your WordPress website is BulletProof Security. This plugin provides single click security solution. It secures your website against RFI, XSS, CRLF, SQL injection, and code injection hackings.

The full list of features included with BulletProof security is too long to list, but here are a few:

• An easy single-click setup
• A record of the number of login attempts
File monitoring and quarantining of uploaded files
• Email alerts for a variety of user actions
• Alerts when suspected malicious activity affects your site

It also has a pro version that offers some advanced features to improve the security of your website.

With an increasing number of hacking attacks, it is necessary to have security in your WordPress website. The security plugins mentioned above will help you with that. For users who don’t code a lot, plugins are the best ways to secure your blog. Most of them are free, safe and easily usable.

If you’re using some other WordPress security plugin, please share it with us in the comments.

You can read about some WordPress security hardening tips here.

 

mohit rawatAbout the Author: Mohit Rawat is a Information Security Researcher. Specialized in application security, social engineering, penetration testing and IT security architecture. He also acknowledged by various companies for responsibly disclosing security vulnerabilities. He works for both public and private sector clients, perform penetration testing and deliver security training to IT professionals.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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  • Pretty good list, thanks for putting it together. Have you tried Awontis maybe?

  • Security must be considered firstly before to build any site ,
    in this case there are many plugins to be used for making sure effective security . The plugins shared here can be effective to make sure secure website also.

  • Very good list. The best plugin is either WORDFENCE or Sucuri Security.

  • Tyrohn White

    The plugins which have been discussed are one of the best security plugins. More plugins are their which are also developers favourite. Once I was reading article by team of templatetoaster they have discussed detailed in this topic. Plugins like sucuri and many more are discussed pros and cons for each plugin is mentioned.

  • great information shared. I was worried which is best and which is not. But now my mind has cleared and I will use ALL IN ONE WPSECURITY & FIREWALL plugin for my blog.

  • I am using All In One WP Security. Its really All in one. Also others 14 plugins are good. Thanks for sharing a article on wp security issue. Any of above plugin will make our wordpress secure.

  • Thanks for this post, this article is almost same in this article http://www.amrowebdesigners.com/five-best-wordpress-security-plugins/

    it proves that these are really the best wordpress security plugins.

    cheers

  • Utpal Konwar

    Great article for WordPress security tools and your instruction is very useful and its a worthy read. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  • Brad

    Can I use them all at the same time?

  • Roman

    Meh, i use https://webanti.com and it’s effectiveness is better plus it’s much cheaper for premium users. With last wordpress vulnerabilities i was informed 10sec after official statement.

  • Howard Milstein

    Didn’t tell me anything; all good, none bad..

  • Danial Wilson

    Very nice and helpful list of security plugins.
    I want to recommend User Activity Log Pro. It can track all the activities occurs on the admin side.

  • Don’t think you should add them all at once. Some nice plugins but
    adding them all will slow your website down en drop in the SEO
    rankings. Test with plugins and if you don’t use them delete them from
    your WordPress site.

  • Nick Patel

    Hey Mohit, you’ve compiled a very good list of best WordPress security plugins. It is the utmost concern for businesses to secure their website as more than 30,000 websites get hacked every day and more than 60% of the causes come from the weak websites. However, Wordfence is our favorite security plugin and Sucuri comes the second. Thank you

  • This is the best list about WordPress security plugin. We have to
    make sure WordPress security system and WP Security Audit Log would be
    best one. Thanks a lot for your great contribution.

  • John Mark

    great work Mohit.

  • Tara Sazs

    Great Article Mohit. I have seen Similar listings of security plugins in articles similar to this and it just solidifies the fact that these are actually one of the most trustable WP security plugins out there.

  • Michael Amaral

    Great security plugins. it really helpful.
    I want to suggest User Blocker plugin.
    It helps to block unnecessary user.

  • Luca

    Hello,
    there’s also a WordPress plugin called “WP Security Optimizer” (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-security-optimizer/).
    It prevent hackers to sabotage your rankings in search engines. Elude attackers that exploits your website and fight Negative SEO attacks made using Acunetix and WPScan and other penetration testing toolkit.
    Implement features preventing users to be enumerated, and in particular enumeration of installed themes (wpscan –enumerate t) and plugins (wpscan –enumerate vp), generating false positives and forwarding an alert to the site administrator when it detects a scan. And finally, can verify corrupted and infected PHP files stored into “wp-admin” and “wp-includes” folders. Hope it’s useful

  • Kabuto Ajime

    Check out our 4th free plugin for WordPress community. It’d be useful for websites with large database

  • The most important thing for any web master or blogger or any website owner is web security. Mohit did a good job by listing these 5 best security plugins for WordPress. All the 5 plugins are well known and best for security.

  • WP Antivirus Site Protection and WP Security Ninja are the other names playing a major role in preventing hackers from intrusion.

  • Amit Tandon

    It’s good to have a protection tool but advanced hackers can bypass almost any security tool. It’s good to have plugin like Actifend which can help you Recover your website Instantly from hacks. It also has an app so you can carry your security wherever you go.