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12 Best WordPress Security Plugins of 2017 to Keep Your Site Secure

Websites are your piece of real estate in the Internet, and like any valuable property, you want to ensure that it’s safe from thieves and intruders. This is why there are a lot of services that offer protection for websites, including those built with WordPress.

WordPress itself is built with a solid and secure framework, but this doesn’t make it immune to hackers. Weak passwords are just one of many factors that lead to a website getting hacked.

Because of this, have an extra layer of security for your site is not a bad idea. Here are some of the best WordPress security plugins to help you protect your site:

*Important: Back up your site before using any of these plugins in case there is a problem or compatibility issue with other plugins.

Best WordPress Security Plugins 2017


1. All In One WP Security & Firewall

All In One WP Security

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This WordPress security plugin has a user-friendly interface for those who are not familiar with advanced security settings. Some of its features includes a password strength tool to help you create stronger passwords, as well as a login lockdown feature that blocks an IP address from continuously making failed login attempts, which is called a Brute Force Attack.

The firewall feature blocks malicious scripts before it affects the code on your WordPress site. It also lets you prevent hotlinking of images, as well as block fake Googlebots from crawling your site.

2. iThemes Security

iThemes Security plugin

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Formerly Better WP Security, this security WordPress plugin is developed by iThemes which makes themes and other plugins for WordPress. The plugin is great for beginners and advanced users alike. There’s a one-click installation for the novice user, and options to configure more advanced settings from the dashboard.

For easier maintenance, the iThemes dashboard presents the user with a checklist of security actions he can take — and these are rated from low to high priority.

3. Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security WordPress Plugin

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This WP plugin for security has over 1 million installs to date, and provides free protection from malware and hacks. In addition to the usual features of two-step authentication, stopping brute force attacks and user security strengthening, it also provides scanning features to check if the site is already infected.

4. Sucuri Security

Sucuri WordPress Security plugin

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Sucuri is primarily a monitoring tool for certain changes and activities that can harm your WordPress site. Since it requires a lot of understanding and familiarity with codes and file systems within WordPress, this plugin is meant for developers and admins who are experts in analyzing this information.

Other advanced features include remote malware scanning, security blacklist monitoring and post-hack security actions.

5. WP Antivirus Site Protection

WP Antivirus Site Protection plugin

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This security plugin for WordPress performs deep scans of all website files to secure WordPress. It detects backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, fraudtools, adware, spyware, hidden links, and takes necessary actions to remove them. The virus database is updated daily and any threats detected on your site will visible in the WordPress admin area and can also be sent to you by email. Data is scanned using the Siteguarding.com API.

6. Clef Two-Factor Authentication

Clef Two Factor Authentication Plugin

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This best plugin is an interesting way to login to your WordPress site. With the Clef app open on your phone, hold it in front of the WordPress login screen and line up the patterns on both devices. They should “detect” each other and you should be able to log in to your WordPress site.

This is great for people who might have trouble remembering their passwords, or simply want a more secure way to log in. The service has free and pro versions, and the mobile app is available for IOS and Android.

7. Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator plugin

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Two-factor or two-step authentication is used by this plugin when a user logs in to a WordPress site. In addition to entering a user name and password, another method of authentication is done such as a text, voice call or a mobile app. It also supports security keys plugged in the USB port.

The second step is only required once per device, so if you only use one device, you don’t have to enter the second authentication method again. You’ll only do it again if you log in to another device.

8. Brute Force Login Protection

WordPress Brute Force Login Protection

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This plugin for WordPress security does only one thing: protect your website against brute force attacks using .htaccess. The plugin blocks an IP address for a specified period of time if it continues to log in with the wrong user name and password.

9. Bulletproof Security

WordPress Bulletproof Security

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This WordPress security plugin covers three major areas: firewall, login and database security. It has a one-click setup wizard which makes it fast and easy to set up. For more advanced users, there’s also a manual mode for more specific fine tuning. The .htaccess security filter are designed to match malicious and nuisance attack patterns, which is great for maintaining website speed and integrity.

10. VaultPress

WordPress VaultPress Plugin

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VaultPress is a premium subscription service made by Automattic, the makers of WordPress. This WordPress security plugin offers an easy way to back up your site daily or in real-time syncing all of your site content. In addition to daily backups, the service also scans and removes threats found in your files.

You can choose from two bundles, Backup or Security, or get both. The Backup bundle costs $9/month or $99/year and the Security bundle costs $29/month or $299/year.

11. WP Security Ninja

WP Security Ninja

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WP Security Ninja is a super fast (or in this case – ninja fast ) way to scan your website for any threats. This WordPress security plugin takes less than a minute to scan your website. It will then show you all viable security concerns accompanied with links to detailed explanation of the problem and measures you can take to fix them. The plugin is also very user-friendly. Yes, in the context of website security, some things are very simple while others are quite complex, but with Security Ninja, all you have to do is just press “Scan now, ” and all will be taken cared of.

You can rest assured as the plugin will run over fifty different security tests including brute-force attacks to make your site more secure. It will also keep you safe from wannabe hackers or the “script kiddies.” And if you plan on going pro then you will get features like the Core Scanner, Malware Scanner, Auto Fixer, Events Logger and Scheduled Scanner. Overall, this is a very fast and light plugin with a considerable list of features that is sure to keep your site safe from some threats.

12. Acunetix WP Security

Acunetix WP Security

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Acunetix offers a free solution to all your WordPress security issues but comes with a comprehensive list of tools. Right after activation, the plugin gets to work and will begin searching for any site vulnerabilities. Now, if it finds that your site’s security might be compromised, then it will immediately show you areas that need your attention. Furthermore, the plugin also suggests different methods you can adopt to make your website more secure.

This WordPress security plugin can also help you to change the password, incorporate file permission to protect your data, hide the WordPress version which you are using as well as remove WP Generator META tag that comes along with the core code. All this measure combined will make it next to impossible for hackers to determine if you are a WordPress user.

Another way to use the plugin is by having it disable the error information on the login page. This way, hackers won’t be able to guess whether the username or the password is wrong. And to top all of this, the plugin is multisite ready and can also backup all your WordPress data. All these features are pretty nifty considering that it comes with a “free” price tag.

Conclusion

As website owners, we are responsible for the safety of our content. These are content that we worked hard to build and publish, so it makes sense to protect it as much as we can. These plugins are helpful for adding an extra layer of security and safety for your website, but vigilance and awareness should always be the main weapon against hack attacks.

If you’re not familiar with how a WordPress site might get compromised, it’s important to learn about it now. The more you know, the more you can optimize these plugins to work for your site.

Do let us know if we have missed any of your favorite security plugin in the above list.

12 Best WordPress Security Plugins of 2017 to Keep Your Site Secure
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20 Comments

  1. Hugo

    Hi, I just released a new plugin+app that lets you close your login page (and add other forms of security) using your smartphone. Plans start at 1$ per year – see https://fencepress.com

  2. Paul

    Heya!
    I see you’ve add our WP Simple Firewall plugin logo (under vault press) but you haven’t added our plugin itself to your line-up.

    I’d really love for your to include our – we’ve got heaps of great stuff in there! 🙂

    Happy to answer questions if you need!
    Cheers,
    Paul.

    Thanks

  3. Mahesh

    Great article.
    I have seen people who install a security plugin once their website has been compromised. Don’t wait for something to happen, rather be proactive.

  4. Drake

    Hey what vote/rate plugin did you use on this post?

  5. Pawan Diwakar

    Hi
    You provided a great list of security plugins.

    After reading your post I installed wordfence and it is working like rocket..it has cache option too so I disabled w3 cache plugin.

    Thanks
    Blogging Nuts

  6. Val Vesa

    Thanks for listing Sucuri in your list!

  7. laura routh

    These wouldn’t necessarily work together too well without a lot of tech knowledge, though. Is it ok to simply use one along with two factor authentication and back up? I use wordfence, updraftplus – which backs up my site daily into dropbox, and Rublon two factor authentication plugin. When I’m able to invest more money into my website, I was thinking about the paid version of sucuri. Does all of this sound reasonable? I only use my home computer, and we have a pretty good firewall/anti-virus program. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • WPDean

      We do recommend to use at least one security plugin so as to filter yourself against all hacks.
      If you use only your home computer, I don’t think you need many security plugins at all.

      Most of the hosting providers offer daily backups and hack monitoring these days which usually keep monitoring any level of threat towards the site.

  8. Rich Chetwynd

    Hi, We’ve taken a different approach to multi-factor authentication as the existing methods add friction to the login process which leads to lower adoption rates.

    Instead we use machine learning to build a profile for each user and detect if the person (or bot) logging in is a match or not. If our service detects a bad actor then it will notify the true account owner and can immediately shutdown access to the compromised account.

    We’ve been working on this service for almost 2 years and launched late 2015. This month we’ve just released a WordPress plugin that makes it super easy to add behavioral anomaly detection to any WordPress site.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/thisdata/

    We’d love to get your feedback.

    Thanks!
    Rich
    Founder
    ThisData

    • WPDean

      Definitely and great plugin there, Rich.
      Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Sahil

    Hi ,
    My Website was hacked on last day and inserted some folders and locked my backend logins. There was already a security plugin added in my web from the start time onwards.(All in one Security).
    So can you help to choose which one among above listing , or any users who can suggest a better star rated plugin to protect from similar attacks

  10. Jim

    Great list and blog.

    Are there any of these or other plugins which should not be used together because they would “cancel” each other out?

    • WPDean

      Yes, there could be such cases. It may depend from plugin to plugin and the version they are currently offering.
      I can’t really pick any name that may cause conflicts. Better to install plugins only from trustworthy developers.

  11. Anonymous

    I think Ninja Firewall could be a good addition. What do you say?

  12. Shane

    I have started using Loginizer as it came installed with WordPress via Softaculous. Its a pretty good and light weight security plugin.

  13. Amelie Jons

    Hello,

    Thanks for sharing this amazing collection of Security WordPress Plugins with us.
    Yeah, iThemes Security is my choice for every new WordPress Installation.

    Keep updating!!!

  14. vivek kumar

    I like All in one wp security & firewall

  15. Danial Wilson

    Great Guidelines. It is helpful for me.
    I would like to suggest one more WordPress security plugin which is User Activity Log Pro.

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