11 Best WordPress Security Plugins to Safeguard your Blog from Hackers

WordPress Security PluginsHow secured is your WordPress blog? Have you ever given some thought? If No, you should start thinking about the security of your WordPress blog, now on.

Merely setting a strong alpha-numeric password with special characters and thinking ‘ I am safe now ’ is definitely a false sense of security. And, may cost you very heavily in the future. Security threats are too vast, ranges from a poorly coded plugin and theme to your WHOIS information and browser.

One thing is clear, your WordPress blog security is not an One-time-deal. Security is like a Lifetime commitment, just like a relation between Mother-and-Daughter!

A number of good quality WordPress security plugins are available, which can protect your blog from hackers. I am listing 11 best plugins for you to use on your WordPress blog.

Security Routine: You should invest at least 30 minutes, every week or fortnightly for scanning and different security measures.

Best WordPress Security Plugins

1. Bullet Proof Security: This plugin secures important files and protects against attacks including XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection. One of the best security plugin.

2.WP Security Scan: It scans your WordPress blog for security threats and suggests corrective measures like – Passwords, File permissions, Database security, Version hiding, WordPress admin protection/security. Definitely, a complete WordPress Security Plugin.

3. Exploit Scanner: This plugin searches the files and database, including posts and comment system of your WordPress blog for any malicious threats

4. Ultimate Security Checker: It identify any security problem with your WordPress Installation. After complete scanning, it awards a security grade, based on how secured your WordPress blog is.

5. WP-DB-Backup: Regular (weekly or fortnightly) backing up your WordPress blog is a must from security point of view. It helps restoring your WordPress blog, once it is hacked. This WordPress plugin allows you to back up your core WordPress database.

6. Chap Secure Login: It secures your Pass Word, during login, on an insecure channel. Use a SHA-256 hash algorithm. An useful security plugin.

7. Restricted Site Access: It prevents visitors, who are logged in or accessing the blog from specific IP Address. It offers multiple options for handling blocked visitors.

8. Login Lock: It enforces you for a strong password policies. It also blocks hacker IP Addresses, monitors login attempts with an emergency lockdown feature.

9. Limit Login Attempts: It limits rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP addresses.

10. One Time Password: This WordPress security plugin protects your blog in less trustworthy places like cyber cafes.

11.  Akismet: The ultimate spam fighter. When you label a queued comment on your dashboard as spam, Akismet block it’s origin forever. Its like contribution/fighting by the whole WordPress community against spam. Bad habit: Sometimes, instead of labeling a comment as spam, bloggers edit them and approve them as un-spam, knowingly, to show comments on blog posts. This way, you are promoting spam, nullifying the whole purpose of Akismet.

WordPress security is a never ending topic. We have discussed just the Plugins part. I will write a comprehensive article about WordPress Security in the coming days.

Apart from these 11 best WordPress security plugins, suggest your best pick in the comment section.

  • http://www.shalusharma.com Shalu Sharma

    You have a good list here. All-in-one-seo is another good one which should be used in every wordpress blog.

    • http://moneyctl.com Nandita B.

      Dear Shalu, All-in-One SEO is not a security plugin, its an SEO plugin! (This topic is restricted to Best WordPress Security Plugins Only)

  • http://www.shalusharma.com Shalu Sharma

    Sure of course it is. Out of these, which ones are the best.

  • http://moneyctl.com Nandita B.

    Dear Shalu, for better security of your WordPress blog, I recommend you to use the following Plugins -

    1# WP Security Scan
    2# WP-DB-Backup
    3# Login Lock

    Thanks.

  • http://www.shalusharma.com Shalu Sharma

    Thanks Nandita, I will get the WP Security Scan. Seems as if its an important plugin.

    • http://moneyctl.com Nandita B.

      All security savvy bloggers should use this FREE WordPress Security Plugin.

  • http://www.wpcypher.com Sumon

    Login Lock down and Bullet Proof Security plug-ins are enough to protect a WP Site from hacking. I’m using the both…

  • http://moneyctl.com Nandita B.

    Hi Sumon,

    You have definitely taken the best foot forward, regarding your WP blog security, by using both the great plugins.

    Happy Blogging :)

  • http://www.itechcode.com Amit Shaw

    Yeah Nice List. But I think I already read this post so many time on web. BTW Thanks for sharing this list again ;) .

    • http://moneyctl.com Nandita B.

      You know,

      Newbies (6months) are finding this Plugins list very informative, a bit seasoned (6-12 months) are thinking it’s a brush-up of their knowledge, and BLOGGER like you (veteran) finds it useless scrap!

      Thanks for popping-up @ MoneyCTL.com :)

  • http://whatlifesays.wordpress.com Namita Lad

    I’m using Akismet and I take care of it by not allowing spammed comments :)
    Do I need to use others as well?

    • http://moneyctl.com Nandita B.

      Hi Namita,
      Akismet alone can’t protect your WordPress blog from hackers. Akismet is purely an anti-spam plugin.

      You have to use other Security Plugins (combination) with different functionalities for better protection.

  • Anders Vinther

    This is a great list of things to do to secure your WordPress site…

    I recently had some security problems with my WordPress sites, and ended up doing a lot of research into securing WordPress sites…

    I have now written up my experiences in a comprehensive WordPress Security Checklist which can be downloaded for free on http://www.wpsecuritychecklist.com.

    My checklist has a few more items and detailed steps for how to get the job done.

    Hopefully the checklist can help other people securing their WordPress sites…

  • http://help2getpregnant.com/feed Kate Brown Wilson

    These are really great plug-ins to use, it proves that word-press is user friendly and there are many useful things we can make use to protect our blog sites.

  • http://santoshmishra.com Santosh Mishra

    WordPress is the safest blogging platform and very much secure by itself but there is never too much ascertainable. Installing WordPress Security Plugins is a good idea to make your blog safe from hacking attacks.

  • Vincent

    Hi Nandita

    This is a great list indeed. What about sucuri scanner?

    I see that it’s not on the list. Does that mean that its not good?

  • http://www.govtjobs.net.in hitesh

    better wp securiy is also nice

  • http://www.whatismyresults.com/2013/04/cbse-10th-class-results-www-cbse-nic-in.html Pratik

    I was aware with the few Plugins but not with All. Thank you for your Complete list.

  • http://www.resultswa.com Neelkantan

    yup, heard about all these bunch of plugins for security but using all these simultaneously doesn’t makes sense and it consumes more load on the server.

  • http://seohour.com Nandita B.

    All the plugins function differently and cater to different needs with a bit of overlapping. So, you don’t have to use all the plugins. Just go for 2 of them.