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3 WordPress Security Plugins to Keep Your Blog Safe

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by

WordPress Security Plugins

WordPress is home to hundreds of millions of bloggers, the idea that it wouldn’t be a huge target for hackers is nothing short of ignorant. WordPress is constantly being targeted by both low-profile and high-profile security pentesters who may want to exploit the platform for either personal benefit, or for getting an official reward, though the latter is rarely the case.

Security can be seen in many different ways, but the type you will usually experience when dealing with WordPress is called web security. Web security possesses the ability to put your whole web file system at risk by having vulnerabilities that haven’t been properly understood and prevented. However, preventing attacks from previously unknown vulnerabilities is next to impossible, which is why we need to look elsewhere. Some of the best security protection for WordPress comes from using professional security plugins.

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A security plugin can help to prevent unauthorized access, as well as log threatening events, it can even completely disable access to your sensitive parts of your website, and you can be the only person in charge of enabling them back. Lets take a look at the top three WordPress security plugins on the market.

1. Sucuri Security

Sucuri is a well-known and established name in the world of WordPress (and general web) security. The Sucuri Security plugin has been built to reflect the latest developments in web security, so as to ensure that all WordPress bloggers have their blogs safe and secure.

Sucuri plugin will help you to monitor the activity of your logs and outline potential security risks, the plugin comes equipped with a versatile malware scanner that will remove any malware on daily basis, on top of that it will integrate a number of security practices that will make it next to impossible for hackers to break into your blog.

Click here to download Sucuri.

2. BulletProof Security

BulletProof is very likely to be the most sophsisticated WordPress security plugin, with an amount of features that no other plugin has been able to match, and most likely never will. Is this a good thing? Well, it depends. The BulletProof Security plugin does a lot of things besides securing your WordPress blog, it will help you optimize your sites performance, and you will be able to take advantage of features such as .htaccess security, database backup security, and security precautions for all logged-in users. (Cookie based.)

It’s highly recommended that you spend some time reading the full list of features on the official plugin page, and decide for yourself whether this plugin is something you’d like to work with.

Click here to download BulletProof.

3. Wordfence Security

The first thing Wordfence will do after you install the plugin, is to instantly check your site against possible malware threats. The way Wordfence does it, is that it takes the official WordPress source-code and checks it against your own current version on the server, including for themes and plugins. The output is a list of potential threats which you can then terminate, so you don’t have to worry about custom plugin and theme changes being classified as threats. This security plugin will not only make your site significantly faster, you will also be pleased to know that the plugin is open-source and anyone can contribute to its success.

Click here to download Wordfence.

9 Comments
  • Gerri
    14 November 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I use Acunetix on my WordPress site and I’m happy with what they’ve done so far. What are your thoughts (if any) on their services?

    • Kyler Patterson
      6 January 2016 at 1:14 pm

      I haven’t used this service personally and I don’t know anyone that has. Unfortunately I won’t be able to give a good review.

  • Niladri Chatterjee
    16 November 2015 at 6:42 am

    Awesome article. Thanks for sharing :)

  • David Saslav
    31 December 2015 at 11:05 am

    What and where are the passwords I should keep regularly changing to stay one step ahead of the Ukrainian hackers (like the one that just tried ten times to login to my website domain admin account, as reported by WordFence?) I’ve changed my HostGator billing password, but WordFence / WordPress doesn’t seem to have a “change password” option anywhere in the UI that I can find.

    Thanks!

    David

    • Kyler Patterson
      5 January 2016 at 11:10 am

      Hey David,

      To change your WordPress password, enter your dashboard and click Users on the left. From there, open your profile. At the bottom, you can enter a new password.

      Hope this helps!

  • Josh
    20 March 2016 at 8:15 am

    Great articles, why HG focus on wp hosting while we can get free at wordpress.com ?
    I think if we host our blog on wordpress.com it will be safe. No need to worry about security issues, bc it was their responsibility to protect their clients.

    • Kyler Patterson
      21 March 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Great question! There’s some obvious advantages of using wordpress.org (self hosted WordPress on HostGator) and wordpress.com. With wordpress.com you have a limited selection of themes and plugins. Whereas with a self hosted solution, you can take full advantage of the open source nature of the platform and install custom themes / plugins.

      Another issue is that while you can’t easily connect with WordPress when you have any questions or concerns. When you are self hosted, you can contact your hosting provider. We’re open 24/7 and our agents are trained in helping with a variety of issues.

      Overall, while they are the same thing, WordPress, they’re still pretty different. I’d recommend doing a few searches on Google to find the differences between the two. You can also give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to explain as well!

  • shafi ullah
    23 March 2016 at 5:14 am

    Hi.
    Can we protect wordpress form hacking ? i want to launch a site but i m so afraid from hacking it, that i cancell my decision.

    Any body have experience of running public wordpress site. please guide and help .

    thanks

    • Kyler Patterson
      23 March 2016 at 12:19 pm

      There are a lot of plugins that can help protect against hacking, 3 of which are shared in this article. These plugins should be able to protect you against a lot of different attacks. But there are many other ways you can protect your WordPress such as restricting access to the backend to people at a certain IP address, or much more technical stuff.

      With all that being said, we wouldn’t recommend not launching a website for fear of hacking.