WordPress is currently the most popular and widely used blogging platform. It is being used by millions of people around the globe. Because of this reason, hackers and spammers are also taking keen interest in breaking the security of the blogs.
Though WordPress is very much secure by itself, but there is never too much ascertainable. The ‘numero uno’ priority for any blogger or web developer should be security. Due to the lack of security, any site can be hacked and altered, private information can be stolen, and countless hours of hard work can be messed up with. Here is a list of some of the top security plugins that are being used by users of WordPress to keep their site secured.
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1. Security Ninja
- perform 31+ security tests including brute-force attacks
- check your site for security vulnerabilities and holes
- take preventive measures against attacks
- don’t let script kiddies hack your site
- prevent 0-day exploit attacks
- use included code snippets for quick fixes
- extensive help and descriptions of tests included
2. BulletProof Security Pro
BulletProof Security Pro secures your ‘wp-admin’ folder and Root website folder with a single click. It offers security against all CSRF, Base64, XSS, RFI, SQL Injection and Code Injection hacking trials. Another useful maintenance feature is also added that allows developers to put up a “503 under maintenance” page while the site-owner works on their website.
wpOptimix includes a firewall, malware and reputation scanner, secured-simplified login, brute force attack detection, backup, WordPress core scanner, and more!
wpOptimix is not only renowned for its security, but it also performed countless tasks and functions that support critical day to day aspects of a website operation. With 1000 happy users and counting with a 30 days money back guarantee, what else you have to lose?
4. AntiVirus For WordPress
WordPress is also prone to viruses, worms and malware like other sites. Your WordPress installation can get affected by these viruses. Spam injections are another serious matter of concern while operating any WordPress site.
AntiVirus for WordPress comes out to be an apt solution for this purpose which monitors malicious injections and also warns you about any possible attacks. It comes with multilingual support. The plugin is quite easy to use and blocks any malicious content, spam, virus, malware, worms and links. After enlisting all the blocks that are made, it sends an email to a predefined address with all attempts of intrusion that have been blocked and the white-listed IP addresses.
5. WP Security Scan
This is one the very useful plugins that should definitely be used regularly by every WordPress blogger. This plugin can move through every security loophole in a few seconds. A list of possible vulnerabilities is then prepared, such as file passwords or permissions, and also offers further suggestions on corrective actions to deal with them.
6. AskApache Password Protect
This plugin adds multi-layered security to the database of the website without controlling your WordPress blog or messing up with the database. It is designed and regularly updated specifically for stopping any automated attacks on the blog which utilize the vulnerabilities of the blog resulting the site being hacked.
It also blocks spam or malicious attempts to break-in into a website. Overall, this plugin saves and protects every type of resource like money, CPU usage and database resources from almost every type of basic attack.
WP-DBManager handles your WordPress database. It allows the owner for database optimizing, database repair, database backup, database restore, deleting the backup, dropping / emptying the tables & run optional queries. It provides support for an automatic backup schedule and also database optimization.
8. Better WP Security
This is probably my favourite security plugin at the moment. I would recommend installing it on every WP installation.
Better WP Security takes the best WordPress security features and techniques and combines them in a single plugin thereby ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site.
With one-click activation for most features as well as advanced features for experienced users Better WP Security can help protect any site.
9. WP Antivirus Site Protection (by SiteGuarding.com)
WP Antivirus Site Protection is a great plugin to prevent, detect and remove any malicious viruses and suspicious code. It can detect anything including backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, adware, spyware and more. This is done by deeply scanning and analyzing every file in your WordPress site; theme files, plugin files, files in the upload folder, etc.
It also maintains a daily update of the virus database and provides you with alerts and notifications in the admin area as well as by email. In addition to all that you can also personally upload suspicious files to siteguarding.com‘s server to have them reviewed by experts and even view your security reports online.
With the previous year being a year of most malicious attacks on websites, it is a matter of concern for every website owner to take suitable actions against the threats they may face in future which can affect their blog very badly. For the users who don’t code a lot, plugins are the best way to secure your blog. Most of them are free, easily usable and safe.
UPDATE: This post was updated in November 2014. Some plugins were removed from the list due to not being updated for a very long time or simply no longer in use. New plugins were added in their place.
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