If you’re concerned about spammers over bearing your comments of someone hacking into your account, you’re in the right place because today we’re going to be talking about some solid plugin options that you can use on your WordPress site to help protect it.
In this post we’ll be talking about
- The risks of being unsecured
- The 3 most popular and top WordPress Security plugins used by WordPress users
The Risks of Being Unsecured
You may be looking for the best security protection for your WordPress site because…
- You’re concerned about hackers stealing your clients or customers user information. This is especially true for anyone who sells or has an ecommerce portion to your website
- Worried about website content being deleted. This is especially concerning for anyone whose site has been online for a long time, or if you produce daily content. That information (if not backuped properly) can disappear for good.
- You’re worried your site could be spreading malware. This could not only compromise your reputation, but affect your google ranking.
- If your site has been hacked, you’re not happy about the money you’ll need to spend to fix it. Yes, a hacked site could mean you’d have to build everything from the ground up.
WordPress Plugins for Security
Jetpack (Free, $99/year for premium)
You may be familiar with this because it’s offered pretty much to every wordpress website that is set up. In addition to providing site traffic stats they also offer:
- Daily automated backup
- 30-day archive
- Brute force attack protection
- Downtime monitoring
- Automated spam filtering
- Automated malware scanning
- Automatic security fixes
Wordfence (free or $99/year for Premium)
With over 3 million downloads, this is a popular choice. They offer both firewall and security protection
- Monitors visits and hack attempts in real time including origin, their IP address, the time of day, and time spent on your site
- Tracks and alerts you about breached password usage so you can create a new strong password immediately
- Protects from brute force attacks with limiting failed login attempts
- Runs on your own server instead of being cloud-based, so could slow your site
Sucuri (Free version, or $299/year for the premium)
I recently discovered Sucuri in a google search for the top security protections for you website. Here’s some interesting things I discovered
- Malware & Hack Scan Frequency
- Malware Removal SLA
- Malware Removal & Hack Cleanup
- Brand Reputation & Blacklist Monitoring
- Stop Hacks (Virtual Patching / Hardening)
- Advanced DDoS Mitigation
- CDN Performance
- SSL Certificate Support
- Firewall – HTTPS & PCI Compliant
- Customer Support
- 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Of the three listed here, Sucuri seems to be the tech favorite because offers an all in one solution whereas the others only offer part of what it offers. Granted the prices tag for Sucuri is a little on the high side for that annual rate, keep in mind that first you’re getting slightly more than the other reference plug-ins.
However with that being said, Jetpack and Wordfence are most popular by users and therefore either option would be a no brainer as the support for these applications would be well worth the premium package rate.