Unless protected, most wordpress blogs are often victims of DDoS attacks, SQL injection, spam, hackers and other security risks.
As a WordPress website or blog owner, your job is to ensure that your site won’t get hacked and prevent any security risks. Having a secure username and password is a good start; but that is not enough. Thanks to these 16+ security plugins, your blog will be safer.
WordFence is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. WordPress scans core files, theme, and plugins against WordPress.org repository version to check for integrity. The plugin includes a firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, hackers, and botnets. Premium users can block countries, and schedule scans for specific times at higher frequency.
iThemes(Better WP Security) is the best option to fix the most common security risks. It offers some of the best features in securing a WordPresss site. It combines the best features and techniques into a single plugin to secure your site. Once installed, the plugin scans your site for user agents, bots, hosts, and prevents attackers by prohibiting users with too many invalid login attempts. The plugin also detects hidden 404 errors in your site that affects SEO and you can easily login to your site with sensible links.
Download iThemes Secuirty.
BulletProof Security is a WordPress security plugin that has been praised for preventing code and SQL injection attacks. It also provides the mans to protect your website against XSS, RFI, CSRF, and Base64 attacks.
Another popular feature of Bulletproof security is that it enables the admin to filter who gets to see the website and who will be greeted by 503 Website Under Maintenance page through IP filtering.
Also, BulletProof Security offers a more convenient way of protecting and updating your site without using an FTP client. It can lock down critical .htaccess files, wp-config.php, etc.
Bulletproof security is completely free with an option to donate.
Exploit Scanner searches the database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that your site has been fallen victim to malicious attacks. It scans through your site’s files, posts, and comments table to find changed files and database records.
Download Exploit Scanner.
As the name implies, Secure WordPress is a professional plugin for WordPress security. It removes your site’s update information to prevent non-admins from learning about your site. The goal of this plugin is to keep your WordPress information private because the less hackers know about your site, the fewer hacks you’ll meet.
Download Secure WordPress.
All in One WP Security and Firewall
This plugin is among the top 10 WordPress security plugins. This plugin provides user account security, user login security, file system security, database security and the like.
You can also blacklist, enable firewall, prevent brute force login, etc.
Antivirus is a WordPress security plugin that is lightweight and easy to use. It protects your blog or website from exploits, malware, and spam injections. It also checks your blog daily for viruses.
Limit Login Attempts
Limit Login Attempts prevent your blog or website from brute-force attacks in a smart way. The plugin blogs an IP address from making further attempts if it reaches the specified limit.
Download Limit Login Attempts.
Verelo Blog Monitoring Plugin
Verelo is a plugin that ensures that your blog is free from malware and viruses. You’ll get instant notifications via SMS, Phone, or email when something goes wrong with your site.
Download Verelo Blog Monitoring Plugin.
Securi is an awesome plugin that checks your blog for malware, spam, blacklisting and other security issues like hidden evil codes, .htaccess hacks, and many more.
Download Securi Security.
SI Captcha AntiSpam
This plugin protects your blog from spam comments and registrations. It adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods in the comments, registration page, lost password page, etc.
Download SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam.
WordPress File Monitor Plus
Having this plugin is like having surveillance cameras in every room in your house. If anything goes down, you know exactly what happened. This plugin tracks your file system for any changes like when new items are added, removed, or changed. You’ll get notified by email if something went wrong to your site.
Download WordPress File Monitor Plus.
Block Bad Queries
Block Bad Queries is a plugin that protects your website against the malicious URL request. It checks all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests.
Download Block Bad Queries.
NoSpamNX automatically adds form-fields to the comment form of your blog that is not visible to human users. If a spambot fills these invisible fields, then the comment is not saved. The owner can then decide whether to block that spambot, or mark it as spam.
This plugin handles your WordPress database. It lets the owner optimize database, repair it, make a backup, restore, delete the backup, empty the tables, and run optional queries. The plugin also provides support for automatic backup and schedule and database optimization.
If Akismet isn’t working for you, you can try Defensio. This Anti-Spam plugin is one of the best and advanced spam filtering plugin that takes you and your blog reader’s behavior into consideration. The plugin is equipped with many advanced features like elaborated statistics, RSS feeds of your comments, charts, OpenID support, and counter widget.
Download Defensio Anti-Spam.
The rule of security is, always have them regardless if you think you don’t need them. Better have all the necessary WordPress security features in your site before a problem occurs than trying to fix the problem as it happens.