10 Best Plugins to Secure Your WordPress Site from Hackers Today

Posted on May 19, 2012 by James Martell

Today, WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools, and I personally have been using WordPress for over ten years now. I think that it has one of the best content management systems around and is the reason that ever since I first tried it out, I haven’t looked for another platform.

However, today, there are people who in a bid to prove themselves to the world usually hack other people’s sites. It is the reason it is advisable to always take measures to protect your WordPress site from hackers. I have been a victim of hacking, and it is not a pleasant feeling to find all your hard work down the drain. That is why as Napoleon Hill would put it, ‘action is the real measure of intelligence’. Therefore, I have taken steps to protect my sites from hackers.

I use a number of code based programs to secure my site, but as of late I have been turning to the use of WordPress security Plugins. All the plugins mentioned here are the very popular ones. Hence make sure that you go through each and every one of them and select those according to your convinience and the ratings.

Popular WordPress security Plugins:

WP Security Scan

This is an app that checks and scans your site for vulnerabilities. If there are any, it offers solutions on how they can be corrected. It is a great app since if there are any security threats; you can be alerted immediately.

Ultimate Security Checker

This is another plugin that any serious blogger ought to have. It is great in ensuring that a site is safe. In fact, the app usually scans a site and then gives it a grade based on the threat level of your site. This plugin was brought to my attention when reading a DIY Theme Review. In addition, this app gets updated regularly therefore; it can detect the latest malware, or virus in your site.

Better WP Security

This plugin picks up the best WP security features and combines them into a single plugin hence ensuring that majority of the loopholes are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site.

Login Security Solution

If you are always worried that someone might try to hack into the admin area of your website, then this is one plugin that you should have. It secures the blog against brute force attacks by tracking IP, name, password of the attacker.

Login Lockdown

If a hacker manages to get into your login page, then login lockdown will prevent them from gaining access to your site. This is an app that ensures that every failed login attempt is recorded, and if the login limit is reached- which you determine- the login for your site is locked down, and you are alerted. It is a great app that you need to try out.

Akismet

Akismet plugin filters the spam comments, captures it and allows you to review it before you publish the comment. You can monitor it from your Admin Dashboard. This is one plugin that is present inbuilt when you install a fresh WordPress script.

 

WordPress Security Plugins I Have Tried Out:

BulletProof Security

This is a plugin that basically safeguards your site from attacks by code injection, XSS, Base64 attacks and even SQL injection hacking. It is a great app that everyone needs to have. I like it because it is like a one man army for my site. This is a must have for all.

Fast Secure Contact Form

If you hate spam as much as I do, then this app will surely make you smile. This plugin helps visitors to send a contact request form if they need to communicate. It is a plugin that helped me say goodbye to spam forever.

AntiVirus

If you need to protect your site from viruses, then the AntiVirus plugin is what you need to get. This is an app that scans your themes everyday looking for viruses.

My Picks for 2012:

WordPress File Monitor

This is an app that notifies you of any changes that are made in your site. Therefore, if a hacker or a virus causes any changes, you are notified immediately, and you can be able to take action and prevent further damage. But this is an outdated plugin so be careful when you install it.

Email Encoder Bundle

This plugin works in a clever manner ensures that crawlers and spambots do not access your emails that are in any of your posts. Therefore, you can be sure that you will not be getting any spam at all. Did I say that I hated Spam?

AskApache Password Protect

 This is my last pick of my top Plugins for 2012. This is an app that basically adds layers of security to your site, so that unskilled hacking becomes nearly impossible. It is great since it is also updated automatically, regularly.

So, if you want to make sure that your site is safe at all times; then try out these Plugins, they have protected my sites, and they will secure your site too.

WP-Sentinel

A security system plugin which checks every HTTP request against a given set of rules to filter out malicious requests. WP-Sentinel exchanges words with a centralized server to collect the attackers data and create a stack of IP address blacklist.

Best Database Backup Plugins

BackWPup

It is a Backup plugin which handles Database Backup, WordPress XML Export, Optimize the Database, Check/Repair the Database and File Backup.

WP-DBManager

This a great addone that maintains your database. It allows you to optimize, backup, restore, delete & repair the database and also to drop/empty tables and run selected queries. The plugin supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database. A Must have.

About James Martell

James Martell is an author on a broad number of subjects, and especially those that are on the topic of affiliate marketing. James also loves WordPress in its entirety so recently he's been checking out the WordPress Genesis theme that everyone's been buzzing about. A lot can be learned from James in his podcasts where he often shares his latest research on WordPress and his favorite plugins.

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