WordPress Security Plugins

WordPress security plugins deliver the following:

  • Active security monitoring
  • File scanning
  • Malware scanning
  • Blacklist monitoring
  • Security hardening
  • Post-hack actions
  • Firewalls
  • Brute force attack protection
  • Notifications for when a security threat is detected

 Secure Hosting Required: 

The security of your site is only as good as the backend and foundation it’s running on. That’s why it’s important, before looking into security plugins, that you choose a WordPress host that has security check list  already in place. Many of these safeguards are done at the server-level, and can be far more effective Such as Bluehost, A2hosting and Siteground without harming perfomance on your website. Not to mention you don’t have to spend time fiddling with a bunch of security settings in plugins which in you might not even understand their functionality or purpose.

  • Bluehost and siteground detects DDoS attacks, monitors for uptime, and automatically bans IPs that have more than 6 failed login attempts in a minute.
  • Only encrypted SFTP and SSH connections (no FTP) are supported when accessing your WordPress sites directly.
  • Hardware firewalls, along with additional active and passive security measures are in place to prevent access to your data.
  • Our open_basedir restrictions also don’t allow execution of PHP in common directories that are prone to malicious scripts.
  • Bluehost and siteground uses Linux containers (LXC) on top of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) which provides complete isolation for not just each account, but each separate WordPress site. This is a much more secure method than offered by other competitors. GCP also employs data encryption at rest.
  • Bluehost and siteground  only runs supported versions of PHP: 7.27.3, and 7.4. Unsupported versions of PHP are dangerous due to the fact that they no longer have security updates and are exposed to unpatched security vulnerabilities.
  • Nothing is ever 100% hack-proof

It’s important to note that a lot of security plugins cause performance issues due to their always-on and scanning functionalities.

Best WordPress Security Plugins in 2020

If you’re in a hurry, feel free to click on the following links to test out the security plugins and make your own decisions. If you’d like to see our in-depth analysis, keep reading!

  1. Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening
  2. iThemes Security
  3. Wordfence Security
  4. WP fail2ban
  5. All In One WP Security & Firewall
  6. Jetpack
  7. SecuPress
  8. BulletProof Security
  9. VaultPress
  10. Google Authenticator – Two Factor Authentication
  11. Security Ninja
  12. Defender
  13. Astra Web Security
  14. Shield Security
  15. Hide my WP
  16. WebARX

1. Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening

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