Security is an unavoidable part for every WordPress Powered Blog. WordPress is a Free and Open Source Blogging Software and this is also the most recommended blogging platform. That's the reason everyone wants to run their blogs on this platform. But if you are running your Blog on this you should take any risk with the security of your blog. A simple security mistake can spoil your hard work. Though there are many security tips and tricks along with lots of security plugins available to securing your WordPress Blog but choosing right one for your blog is quite a tough task.
To reduce your effort, i am here discussing about 5 most trusted and most recommended Security Plugins for WordPress. First of all check on the list what are those plugins.
5 Best Security Plugins for a WordPress Blog
- Limit Login Attempts
- Better WP Security
- BulletProof Security
Above These 5 Plugins will keep secure your WordPress Blog from Hacking Attempts and also secure your Blogs Database. Now take a look on some important things and learn why you should use these plugins.
1. Limit Login Attempts
Limit Login Attempts is the most essential plugin to secure your blog with brute-force hacking attempts. By default WordPress allows unlimited login attempts, and this also allows passwords (or hashes) to be brute-force cracked with relative ease. More simply speaking any users can make unlimited login attempts this lure hackers to making a brute-force attack. I have seen many WordPress Blogs who experienced this problem, this may also suspend your Hosting Account. Limit Login Attempts blocks the IP Address after the specified failed login attempts and keeps your blog safe.
Noticeable Features of Limit Login Attempts:
- Limits the Number of retry Attempts when logging in. (you can choose any Number, 3 is the Best)
- Optional Login Notifications.
- Optional Email Notifications.
- Handles server behind reverse Proxy.
2. Better WP Security
Better WP Security is one of the most recommended Plugin for securing your WordPress Blog. It hardens standard WordPress security by hiding vital areas. Though WordPress has many security features but even after that there may be many security holes and Better WP Security patched those holes. The Most Common is know is WordPress Shows the Login Error Messages, means if you type your User Name and Password and make a Login attempt in case your password is wrong WordPress will show error message that 'ERROR: The password you entered for the username admin is incorrect' its indicating that my username is 'Admin', and this makes hacking more easy. There are many Security Holes on WordPress but with Better WP Security you no need to worry about those.
Noticeable Features of Better WP Security:
- It Removes Meta Tag "Generator".
- It Removes Login Error Messages.
- Better WP Security changes the urls for backend functions including login, admin.
- It can ban troublesome bots and other hosts.
- Removes theme, plugin, and core update notifications from users who do not have permission to update them.
- Change wp-content path.
- Change the WordPress database table prefix.
By Default WordPress doesn't has any option to protect your Blog Installation against Exploits, Malware, and Spam Injections. The Antivirus Plugin provide you an Option to keep protected your blog from Malware & Exploits. This is a very useful and automated plugin which scan your Theme Template for any type of malicious injection. Simple to Install and easy to use.
Noticeable Features of Antivirus:
- Shows Virus Alert on Admin Bar.
- It Scan your Theme daily and send you an Email Notification.
- Check your Database Tables for Malware.
- Able to perform manual check of template files with alerts on suspected cases.
- Antivirus Plugin Clean up your Database after Plugin Removal.
As the Name indicates, myEASYbackup helps you to create backups of your Database with a single clicks. Remember your Database tables stores everything related to your WordPress Installation, such as, Posts, Users, Passwords etc. And having a backup of these is a good Idea. myEASYbackup allows you to backup, restore, migrate your WordPress installation, both code and MySQL tables, with a single click. The best thing about this plugin is it creates a single file, called "data set", that includes your data in compressed format (.zip) and save Data Sets outside the WordPress Installation.
Noticeable Features of myEASYbackup:
- Backup Your Database with Single Click.
- Download a archived copy (.zip) of your Database to your Local Computer.
- Restore your Data Sets.
5. BulletProof Security
BulletProof Security is an another great plugin to protect your WordPress Blog against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts. It also protects your .htaccess file. Protects wp-config.php, bb-config.php, php.ini, php5.ini, install.php and readme.html with .htaccess security protection. It has bunch of feature but i recommending you to use only those features which your thinks can be helpful for your blog.
Noticeable Features of BulletProof Security:
- .htaccess website security protection.
- Built-in File Editing, File Downloading and File Uploading features.
- php.ini and php5.ini files protected with .htaccess security protection.
- Remove WordPress Version information.
- Website Developer Maintenance Mode.
- Customizable 503 Website Under Maintenance page.
I have been used all these WordPress Plugins and found helpful. All these Plugins are essential in nature but perform best while at work.