With hundreds of thousands of users across the world, WordPress accounts for 18.9% of all the self-hosted websites on the web. While this may not sound like much, imagine 19% of the millions of websites that have the ability to pay for their hosting, it’s really a lot. But if you are the average WordPress user, you have done exactly what most people do: purchase a hosting, install WordPress, launch your website, use a couple of unessential plugins in the process, and then forget about it altogether. But in all this brouhaha, you are actually missing out on of the key components of any website: security. Given that WordPress is, in fact, the single largest Content Management System in the realm of website builders, it is always the chief target of all the hackers, spammers and sploggers out there. Hence, certain security measures are necessary.
While there are an unlimited number of security plugins in the WordPress repository, including anti-malwares, firewalls, spam-checkers, and so forth, not all of them are equally good. So, here are the 3 best security plugins for WordPress, all of which provide a complete suite of security services for your site:
One of the most popular free WordPress security plugins out there, WordFence has over 1 million + active installs and millions of downloads. It comes with a host of security services, including an antivirus, a firewall, login security, multisite security and so much more. In fact, it claims to make your website 50 times faster and more secure, immediately after installation.
WordFence is compatible with most themes, plugins and hosting providers. It comes with IPV6 compatibility too. You can expect to seamlessly integrate WordFence into any existing WordPress, without any of the technical jargon. Another plus side is, it’s 100% free!
Formerly known as Better WP Security, this plugin was subsequently bought by iThemes, the reputed WordPress theme and plugin company. It then underwent a change of name, along with a significant set of improvements. While iThemes Security can only be used to its fullest capacity if you buy their Pro version, the Free version alone offers most of the basic security you need, including a powerful site firewall, bruteforce attack protection, malware scanning with virustotal.com, backend hider and so on.
The Pro plans too, aren’t very pricy, and are well-worth the security it provides.
All In One WP Security & Firewall
The All In One WP Security & Firewall is supposed to be all the security your site needs. Meaning, there is no need to use other security plugins on your site if you are using this plugin. In fact, using multiple security plugins on the same site with All In One WP Security & Firewall can lead to compatibility issues.
On the plus side, this plugin really does provide all the security you will need. It has an anti-malware checker, a robust security firewall with IP tracking, a spam comments and registration blocker and so much more. There is also a pro version available that offers another bundle of advanced security options you can use.
In our personal experience, of all the security plugins we have used for our site, iThemes Security is the best. It’s lightweight, fast, compatible and completely secure. What are your favorite WordPress security plugins? Let us know in your comments!