Best WordPress Security Plugins 2019
Here’s a look at 7 of the best WordPress security plugins for protecting your website from malware, hackers, force attacks, and other kinds of malicious security threats.
Sucuri is a full-featured security plugin for WordPress sites from the website auditing company Sucuri. The basic version of Sucuri is free, and users can also purchase a premium version with additional features. Both versions of Sucuri include security activity auditing, file monitoring, and malware scanning. Sucuri’s premium version also includes third-party features, such as Google Site Browsing and McAfee Site Advisor. Sucuri provides immediate email notification of suspicious activity, as well as blacklist monitoring.
This free WordPress plugin offers continuous malware checking, spam, bot-blocking, and two-factor authentication for all users. WordFence also scans a site’s host for potential “backdoors” that could put sites at risk and allows users to block traffic from specific sources and countries if desired. The malware scanner plugin also sends instant email notifications of possible security breaches.
All in One WordPress Security and Firewall
This free plugin is easy to install and use without coding or development experience. The All in One WP Security Firewall scans sites for security weaknesses, recommends preventive measures, and monitors account activity. This robust plugin also automates backups and performs some automatic fixes when it detects the presence of malware. This specific WP security plugin works with most other plugins and sends immediate email updates when needed.
With an array of user-friendly security features, Defender is a free plugin from WPMUDeveloper. Defender provides two-factor authentication for all users, site and file scanning, and IP blacklisting and monitoring. Defender’s premium version offers additional features to meet specific needs, and both free and premium options include instant email notifications of security issues on the WordPress website.
VaultPress from the WordPress developer Automattic is dedicated largely to backup services. This free premium plugin with premium options features real-time and scheduled backup of all posts, media files, comments and other site content for protection against losses caused by viruses, hacking, or “real world” events like accidents or outages. VaultPress also includes general security features such as malware scanning and email notifications of suspicious activity.
Many quality WordPress security plugins include two-factor authentication, but users can also install this feature separately with the Google Authenticator. This plugin adds two-factor authentication for all users to use any WordPress website and works with all kinds of phones and devices. The premium, or pro, version offers additional features including customizable templates for email and SMS.
iThemes Security malware scanner is available from iThemes in free and premium forms. This plugin features scanning with automatic fixes for website security issues and also bans bots, spam, and users who have attacked other websites. The premium version includes additional security features including a strong password generator, scheduled malware scans, and a dashboard widget for managing all functions.
WordPress powers millions of professional and personal websites around the world and these sites can become targets for malicious activity. Cybersecurity experts warn that it’s not possible to guarantee that a site is completely safe from hacking and other website security issues, but the best WordPress security plugins can provide comprehensive, customizable solutions to protect your website from cyber threats of all kinds.
SecuPress is a newer security plugin on the market (originally released as freemium in 2016), but it’s definitely one that’s growing rapidly. It’s actually developed by Julio Potier, one of the original co-founders of WP Media, who you might recognize, as they develop WP Rocket and Imagify. There is both a free version and premium version which includes a lot of additional features.
The BulletProof Security plugin has both free and premium versions. The paid option sells for a one-time payment of $69.95 and is actively developed, updated, and probably contains more features than most of the other security plugins on the market. They provide a 30-day money back guarantee, and you receive features for quarantines, email alerting, anti-spam, auto-restore, and more.