[Article] Seven Plugins To Protect Your WordPress Website

WordPress is a popular CMS (content management system) that powers millions of sites on the net. Its immense popularity has made it a prime target for hackers and as such, there are now heaps of attacks on sites across the world. WordPress comes with its own protection—included in version updates it sends you regularly—but is this enough?

 

Our answer to this is a resounding no. Whilst the WordPress format does have a basic level of protection, the ingenuity and intelligence of the hackers is often enough to overcome the defences leaving your site at risk. It is for this reason we recommend installing additional security measures. These will protect your site and—hopefully—reduce the chance of having to pay significant sums to rectify the problem.

 

To help you defend your website, here are the top five plugins which we believe offer great additional security. This doesn’t cover all the available plugins available on the market and isn’t by any means an official measurement, but hopefully you can take some benefit.

 

WordFence

 

WordFence is one of the most powerful and popular WP security plugins on the net. It comes with a vast array of features including a thorough scan feature which highlights corrupt files, login monitoring, enabling two-factor login authentication and letting you block traffic from a particular country. Even more impressive is the fact that these features (and others) all come for free. There is a paid option but we’ve found the free version to be sufficient in most cases. Next, to security options, it uses the Falcom caching engine to improve your website’s performance. The developers claim that it can make your WordPress website 50 times faster and more secure.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

WP Login Limit

 

While a simple plugin, this is an effective way of stopping brute force attacks. A Brute Force Attack is the simplest kind of method to gain access to a site: it tries usernames and passwords, repeatedly, until it gets in. By installing a login limit to your website, hackers can no longer use automated bots to continually attempt logins. As mentioned before, it is a simple, but very effective way of deterring hackers.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

WPS Hide Login

 

One of the main acheles heel for WordPress websites is the URL extension of /wp-admin. When looking to break into a site, if hackers know the site is run via WordPress, they will typically try the /wp-admin extentsion to gain access to the login page. WPS Hide Login is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change the url of the login form page to anything you want. It doesn’t change core files, instead intercepting page requests to the /wp-admin page. The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible—a great way of stopping hackers.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

WP Security Question

 

As with WP Login Limit, WP Security Question is an additional layer of login security to prevent people from accessing your website. It enables a security question feature on registration, login and forgot password pages. Even if someone learns your password you can remain protected.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

Google Authenticator

 

A highly secure & easy to setup Two Factor Authentication (Google Authenticator) for your WordPress site. Rather than relying on a password alone, which can be phished or guessed, miniOrange Two Factor authentication (Google Authenticator) adds a second layer of security to your WordPress accounts. It protects your website from hacks and unauthorized login attempts. This plugin provides two factor authentication during login. If you are looking for OTP Verification of users during Registration then we have a separate plugin for this.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

Brute Force Login Protection

 

As mentioned above, a brute force attack is a hacker attempting thousands of password and username combinations until one succeeds. On sites where the username is “admin” this is incredibly easy and simply becomes a matter of time before the attack becomes successful. In addition to all of the plugins we have suggested, Brute Force Login Protection blocks IP addresses if they attempt a certain amount of logins within a given period of time. It is a simple but effective way to protect your website.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

Sucuri Security

 

Sucuri is a globally recognized authority in all matters related to website security, with specialization in WordPress Security. The Sucuri Security WordPress Security plugin is free to all WordPress users. It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture with seven key security features including Security Activity Audit Logging, File Integrity Monitoring, Remote Malware Scanning, Blacklist Monitoring, Effective Security Hardening, Post-Hack Security Actions and Security Notifications.

 

This plugin can be found by searching the plugin database or downloaded here.

 

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.