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WordPress is the most user-friendly Content Management System (CMS). With its well-crafted software and intuitive nature it now dominates over 20% of the web. Despite the success of WordPress, its pervasive use makes it a growing target for hackers.
WordPress, as a platform, is secure, but there are still vulnerabilities that can leave your site exposed. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize vulnerabilities and ensure site security. WordPress security plugins are an effective option when it comes to securing your site.
In this article, I’m going to outline 5 security plugins that will help increase your WordPress security, and decrease your vulnerabilities.
iThemes Security—formerly known as Better WP Security—detects, protects, and secures your site in over 30 different ways. This leading security plugin provides a range of features that will secure your site, and protect you from advanced and common security attacks.
One notable feature lies in its ability to effectively conceal security vulnerabilities, protecting your site from potential attacks.
WordFence offers a suite of security features to give your WordPress site optimum security. This plugin arms your site with a complete firewall and antivirus package—providing comprehensive protection. It also has the ability to block (high-risk) countries.
A notable feature of WordFence is its extended portability that enables cellphone login capabilities.
This free plugin also has the ability to verify and repair your core theme and plugin files—regardless if you have backups.
BulletProof Security offers bulletproof protection. It protects against a range ( XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection) of different hacking attempts.
This plugin is website performance optimized due to its core belief that optimization is equally as important as security.
All In One WP Security & Firewall
All In One WP Security & Firewall detects and protects your WordPress site against security attacks and vulnerabilities. This plugin takes a risk-reduction approach where it constantly checks for implications and enforces the most current WordPress security practices.
All In One WP Security & Firewall provides systematic guidance to help keep your site’s security and firewall up to date, without breaking your site.
This plugin is notable for its user-friendly interface and overall functionality.
Acunetix WP Security
Acunetix WP Security helps secure WordPress installation and provides extended guidance for optimizing site security. This plugin ensures that your passwords, database security, file permissions, and more are not vulnerable. If a vulnerability is identified, the plugin will provide corrective actions.
This is a free and extremely useful plugin, and with over 1.3 million downloads it’s been given the stamp of approval.
Security is an ongoing concern in the world of online publishing. Plugins address this concern head on, and enable WordPress users to focus on other things like building beautiful websites and producing captivating content!
What plugins (and practices) do you use to optimize your site’s security?
Marie Dodson is an editorial assistant at Torque. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society. She enjoys wine, good books, and travel.