Why WordPress Security Plugins are essential?
WordPress is a very popular CMS (Content Management System) on the web. More than 60 million websites/blogs run on WordPress platform. So that’s why WordPress will be the biggest target for hackers and spammers. Keep your website/blog safe from hackers and spammers attack with the help of these security plugins. There are lots of security plugins available on the WordPress repository, but I have picked up the best WordPress security plugins for you which must install on your WordPress.
These WordPress security plugins are free and easy to use. Also these all plugins give you different security protection from each other. If you seriously want to secure your website/blog then you should follow this Basic And Useful Tips For WordPress Security which I have given in my previous post.
So here is the list of best WordPress security plugins to make your WordPress secure and also all WordPress user should install security plugin to be safe and secure.
Best WordPress Security Plugins
More than 4 lakh people has been downloaded this plugin and it has got an awesome rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, so we can say that this is the most popular WordPress security plugin. It is very user-friendly, stable and well supported. It will decrease your website/blog security risk by checking any vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.
This plugin will doesn’t slow down your website/blog speed and also it is 100% free. It gives you User Account security, User Login security, Blacklist Functionality, Firewall Functionality and much more.
iThemes Security is also known as Better WP Security. It provides you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site. WordPress is an easy and biggest target for hackers and spammers to attack, there are 30,000 websites hacked each day. It is because of plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software. It comes with one-click security activation features. If you like this free version of the plugin and want more security then you can upgrade to pro version of this plugin which is iThemes Security Pro.
iThemes Security plugin has been downloaded by more than 3 lakh people and got the rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars which seems to be good.
Wordfence is another popular plugin, more than 3 lakh people has been downloaded this plugin and also it has got awesome rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. Once you installed this plugin it will deeply scan your site source core files, themes and plugins and comparing with WordPress.org repository versions to check their integrity and verify the security of source core files. It is Multi-Site compatible and also includes Cellphone Sign-in which is secure your site from brute force attacks.
Wordfence Security is 100% free and also it will not slow down your site but makes it up to 50 times faster.
BulletProof Security is highly downloaded and popular plugin. It has downloaded by more than 13 lakh people and it has got the good rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. This plugin offers you one-click security solution. It uses the .htaccess file to give your site a bulletproof security. It provides you maintenance mode features so when it enables and you are logging in your WordPress admin panel then only you can be able to see your site and visitors will be seeing the maintenance mode page.
It also gives you Login Security & Monitoring, DB Backup Logging, Security Logging, HTTP Error Logging and much more.
Google Authenticator is one of the best plugin for WordPress security, it has got 4.8 out of 5 stars which is good but it is downloaded by more than 50 thousand people, I expect that the download may improve more in future. After you installed this plugin it will add one more field in your WordPress login which is Google Authenticator code. It provides you two-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator app for Android/iPhone/Blackberry. So when you are login to your WordPress admin panel it provides you each time new Authentication code on your smartphone and you have to put that code in that field then you can access your WordPress admin panel.
If your WordPress admin panel username and password will be hack by hackers then you have no worry it is because they don’t have that Authentication code and that code only provides you each time on your smartphone when you have to login.
Sucuri Security is worldwide popular for website security and for specialization in WordPress Security. once you installed this plugin it will check website malware and blacklist warning regular for every 3 hours to ensure that your site is clean from malware, malicious attacks. One of the best part about this plugin is that if your site is hacked by hackers or spam by spammers it will give you an alert like email alerts, twitter alerts, IM alerts, SMS alerts, and RSS alerts.