8 Best WordPress Security Plugins to Lock Down Your Site
Security plugins are some of the essential elements when building your WordPress site, WordPress itself is a protected system if you update it every time, but still, it does not give the best protection performance. Over here, we are showing 8 great WordPress plugins for site defense. WordPress sites are 36% of all sites on the internet, so hackers work a lot to hack them.
Let’s first talk about Sucuri, this is quite a popular protection plugin. You choose from two versions – simple, free WordPress plugin, and a great firewall with monitoring control and other related services, which is a paid option.
Simple version gives you ability to stop execution in directories, stops theme editing for plugins.
Paid version comes with monitoring integration in main files, tracking logging attempts, monitoring different security situations, scanning all scripts and plugins on your site, and scanning for hack programs. Price – 300 USD per year.
2. iThemes Security
This is a paid protection plugin, which can scan your frontend to find hackers’ scripts. You can do this through site plugin or just from the developers’ site, without inserting it on your website. Also, you can block bot activity and other suspicious users. There are other usual opportunities, such as limited logins, changing links on the login page, CAPTCHA, upgrading passwords to hard, setting a time limit on passwords, changing paths in site, and monitoring actions of logged users.
3. All In One WP Security & Firewall
This one is completely free protection plugin, which contains a lot of features, such as:
1. Change file permits
2. Monitoring files changing
3. Concealing WordPress version
4. Changing databases permissions
5. Stop possibility to edit files in dashboard
6. Set limits to entrance attempts
8. Blacklist of IP addresses
9. Deleting user numeration
4. Bullet Proof Security
Another good variant is the BulletProof Security plugin. It gives us the opportunity to scan malware, insert firewalls on our website, and also use free version. You can also increase login protection, modify database paths, and set up a backup for your database. A free version differs from paid one: you get online defense features, and you can monitor everything with it.
One of the most popular plugins for WordPress sites, it’s not about protection, but still gives us some opportunities for it. It stops the selection of passwords, making login page secure, paid backup control, and scanning for hack scripts. The biggest difference from other plugins is that jetpack does not scan your site, it scans backup, which it made before.
It is a useful plugin with two versions, which usually comes with WordPress Media. In the base, you can make a white list of IP addresses, make protection of the login page, hide versions of plugins, change URL of the login page, monitor users’ actions. While with upgraded version, set up two-factor authentication, some features versus spam-bots, scan for hacker programs, blocking single countries or regions.
7. Cerber Security
One of the last plugins in our list is Cerber protection plugin, which can do a lot of things such as:
1. Set up firewall
2. Scan for hack programs
3. Improving protection
4. Changing link on login page
5. Stop execution in files
6. Monitoring all actions connected with files
7. Two-factor authentication
About 3.1 million people use this plugin on their website. The team of this plugin often updates and upgrades it. It’s a wonderful variant for protection. So let’s see what things it can do. It gives us the possibility to stop executing code in directories, it stops showing your WordPress version, disables numeration for users. Also, you get a special menu, set up two-factor login for all users or for a single user, stop XML-RPC login, add CAPTCHA tab to the login page, and set special limits for attempts to log in account, choose hard to hack passwords.