Is your website well-protected? No matter whether you run a blog, a corporate website or an e-commerce store, security is a top priority. Have a look on it from the point of view of your business information and of your users’ personal data. Do you think you have done enough so far to keep them safe?
If you are using WordPress as your CMS, you are lucky enough to have a great variety of plugins on your side. Here are some of the best ones that will do you a good job and keep your site secure. We have also summarized some of the pros and cons for you shared by existing users and the ratings they have given to the plugins:
WordFence Security (4.8/5)
With more than 3 million installations this one is considered to be the most popular WordPress Firewall & Security scanner. Developers have created tools that are taking care of the malicious traffic, brute force attacks and other potential vulnerabilities for your website, stored files and protected data. The plugins is free for WordPress users, although it has some paid premium features such as real-time firewall rule and malware signature updates, real-time IP blacklist blocks, country blocking and others.
- Great support and issue resolving process
- The presence of two-factor authentication
Users warn about:
- Some issues after updating the plugin
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BulletProof Security (4.8/5)
Here the developers promise easy installation and exclusive features that other WP security plugins do not support. BulletProof Security also has both free and paid version but even with the free one you can get all you need to defend your website against malicious attacks. Among users’ feedback you can hardly come across any serious issues reported.
- Great technical support and protection
The plugin relies on a grading system that measures how protected your website is according to the firewall rules you have set. What’s good about it is the fact that it is 100% free and does not slow down your website, developers say. As many of the other options, this plugin combines a good number of tools for user accounts & login security, database security, files system security, and blacklist & firewall functionalities.
- Features abundance
- Reliable and stable performance
iThemes Security (4.7/5)
You may know this plugin with its former name – Better WP Security. As most of the plugins from the category, this one takes care of the monitoring and detecting potential issues, as well as of the recovery of your WordPress database. Some of the features such as detecting hidden 404 errors on the website (bad links and missing images) can also have positive impact on the SEO. If you consider this plugin, pay attention to the PRO features – 2FA, malware scan scheduling, more password settings and others.
- Wide variety of security features and options
Users warn about:
- “fake” attack blocks trying to sell you the PRO version
- Support issues
- Some issues with search engine bots (Google bot, Bing bot, etc.)
- Incompatibility with some e-commerce plugins (e.g. WooCommerce)
Security Ninja (4.5/5)
Security Ninja has been around for more than 9 years. It allows users to run various types of tests and checks on websites and discover vulnerabilities, speed-up site database, and take preventive measures against potential attacks. The creators put emphasis on the newest feature – the vulnerability scanner that warns you for other plugins with discovered issues that you have installed.
- Simplicity and fast work
Sucuri Security (4.4/5)
Creators describe it as “a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture”. Again, it offers malware protection and scanning, blacklist monitoring, security notifications and a website firewall which, however, is a premium feature. Our observation is that some people use it in a combination with WordFence Security described above.
- The efficiency and malware protection
- It does not slow down websites
- It is very simple to implement and use
Users warn about:
- Small bugs
- Support issues
Jetpack has an impressive number of installations – over 5 million among WordPress users. The plugin is well-known since it has been created by the Wordpress.com team. The developers promise reliable protection, backups of your website, spam filtering, downtime monitoring and a lot more features. In addition to security, you will get advantage of site speed optimization tools that improve loading time and performance on mobile. Last, but not least, Jetpack seems a good option since you will be getting support by proven WordPress experts.
- Multiple functionalities and excellent support
- Database issues after installing the plugin
- May not be suitable when using a shared hosting plan
All these plugins seem a good choice for your secure WordPress website. However, they are just an addition to the more important decision you have to take – about your WordPress hosting. Again, security and website performance should be your focus.
With HostPulse WordPress Hosting you can get many of the features and tools that are essential for your website protection:
- Daily Backups
- DDoS Protection
- Web Application Firewall (WAF)
- Free SSL certificate
…. and many other tools and free extras that keep your site fast and optimized. We guarantee that your WordPress installation will be hosted in a safe environment with account isolation provided.
Note: Users’ feedback and ratings are considered for the past few months only. It is possible that developers have already resolved some of the issues previously mentioned by users