4 free plugins to keep your WordPress site secure
As the most widely used platform for blogging in the world, part of the appeal of WordPress is its versatility – the platform supports everything from simple niche-interest blogs to fully realised commercial websites.
Because WordPress as a website design tool is so popular, spammers and hackers are naturally drawn to cracking the security of sites running on the software. However, there’s thankfully a number of plugins which can be used in order to keep your site secure, some of which we’ll take a look at below.
iThemes offers over thirty different ways to protect your site by fixing vulnerabilities and stopping automated attacks. It covers most of the bases including brute force protection, core file monitoring, two-factor authentication and locking users who incorrectly attempt to log in multiple times. A paid version is also available which mainly offers better customer support.
At the time of writing, Wordfence has been downloaded over a million times, and is one of the most highly-rated free WordPress plugins. It provides users with handy tools including IP blocking, login security and real-time monitoring. It’s also great for checking whether your site has already been compromised – it can perform a deep server scan which highlights any suspicious code. Like iThemes, a paid version is also available which offers more features, like countrywide IP blocking and scheduled scanning.
If you’re involved in WordPress web design and you’re looking for a one-click security package, you might be interested in Bulletproof Security, which secures sites against XSS, CRLF, RFI, SQL injection and more. It also keeps records of login attempts, monitors files and generates email alerts for a variety of different user actions, allowing you to keep on top of any potential threats.
All In One WP Security & Firewall
It might be a bit of a mouthful to say, but All In One WP Security & Firewall is one of the most popular plugins for securing WordPress. It won’t slow your site down and adds a nifty security meter to your WordPress dashboard which provides you with an up-to-date score of how protected your site is, whilst keeping track of all uploaded files and notifying you of any malicious changes.