The ratio of websites running on CMS’s can be assumed to be more than the custom designed sites built from scratch. Quite understandably, there are more number of users using WordPress than any other CMS, hence it becomes crucial to have enhanced security measures for your site. Due to a large volume of users using WordPress as a platform, an increasing number of hackers and fraudsters try to compromise the security of such sites. In majority of the instances sites running on WordPress are compromised due to outdated files and/or plug-ins. Such outdated versions of the associated scripts act as an easy meal for fraudsters.
So what measures should an individual adopt to keep a WordPress installation safe and secure from being compromised ?
Primarily, it is crucial to have a latest version of WordPress. In-addition, there are couple of useful WordPress plug-ins that can help you safeguard your website hosted on an affordable web hosting server.
Top List of WordPress Plugins For Enhanced Security
Average Rating : 4.5 || Total Downloads : 143,241
This plugin in particular has been considered to be one of the reliable security plug-ins for WordPress. It helps in protecting a WordPress based site against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts. Moreover, it offers a single click .htaccess WordPress security protection.
The files that are protected with this plugin are wp-config.php, bb-config.php, php.ini, php5.ini, install.php and readme.html with .htaccess security protection. Moreover, it holds the capability to check DB errors off, file and folder permissions check.
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 3,844
The plugin is claimed to offer protection against the SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Directory traversals, Remote file inclusion, including the one’s listed in OWASP Top Ten security vulnerabilities.
It has been developed in a way that there is no adverse effect on the site’s performance.
Ultimate Security Checker
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 35,851
This too similar to couple of other plugins seems to be quite appreciated by users. It a common scenario where a hacker manages to get access to the WordPress installations and delete the data it contains. The Ultimate Security Checker is capable of identifying security issues on your site. It scans the installation for known vulnerabilities and grades it accordingly. It suggests the vulnerabilities which you may either fix on your own or do it automatically.
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Better WP Security
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 41,417
The plugin ensures that multiple security holes are patched without the need to bother about conflicting features. It comes with a built-in feature that bans troublesome bots, switches off the ability to login for a given time period, bans the users trying to login too many times with incorrect information and more importantly it enforces strong passwords for all accounts.
WP Plugin Security Check
Average Rating : 5 || Total Downloads : 4,168
It may at-times happen that due to an outdated security plugin a hacker manages to breach in, this plugin searches for plugins for bad practices and possible security holes limiting the risk of a compromised website.
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 611,889
This plugin removes the error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version (except from the admin area) hides the plugin-update information for non-admins, it blocks any bad queries that pose harm to your WordPress installation.
WP DB Backup
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 1,238,595
We all are aware about the importance of website backup, this plugin allow users backup the core WordPress database tables with minimum clicks. Looking at the number of downloads one can imagine its popularity amongst webmasters.
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 601,825
This plugin would enable users to manage the database effectively. Optimization, repair, backup, restore database, delete backup database ,etc. can be carried out with enough simplicity. Moreover, webmasters may even automate the processes of back-up, optimization and repairing of database.
WP Security Scan
Average Rating : 3 || Total Downloads : 897,847
This plugin in particular scans your WordPress powered website for vulnerabilities and offers corrective measures for various parts such as Passwords, File permissions, Database security, Version hiding, WordPress admin protection/security and Removes WP Generator META tag from core code
Average Rating : 4.5 || Total Downloads : 135,907
This plugin restricts a user from too many failed login attempts, it makes a note of IP address and time-stamp of every failed login attempt. If a user tries to access the website thrice using incorrect login details within 5 minutes, the login function gets disabled for all the IP’s within that range. This helps in preventing the hackers from trying different combinations of login credentials to gain access to your website.
Average Rating : 5 || Total Downloads : 33,695
This is one of the alternatives to the plugin ‘Login Lockdown’ which helps in preventing any unauthorized access to your website. Its works on the same logic helps restrict fraudsters from gaining unauthorized entry to your website.
Limit Login Attempts
Average Rating : 5 || Total Downloads : 107,935
It is a fully customizable plugin that restricts users from attempting multiple failed logins into the WordPress admin console. This is again an alternative to the above two plugins.
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 3,221
Login Encrypt is a security plugin that uses a a complex combination of DES and RSA for encrypting and securing the login process to the admin panel. It was developed with an intention of using for securing the login to the web hosting control panel and was later released for WordPress.
One Time Password
Average Rating : 4.5 || Total Downloads : 7,531
This is one of a kind WordPress plugin that generates a unique one-time password for each login. This helps you keep the unauthorized users away from accessing the admin areas of your site. The OTP (One Time Password) expires upon usage, sent via, email to the registered email address every time you want to access the WP-admin area.
Fast Secure Contact Form
Average Rating : 4.5 || Total Downloads : 2,125,581
The Fast Secure Contact Form plugin enables webmasters with creating and adding contact forms to their WordPress installations. Requester can send emails to a site’s admin, moreover they even get a scope to fix meeting requests via. a simple form. The administration of the site can create and preview multiple number of forms. The site admins can also set availability and synchronize the contact form with Google calendar enabling them to effectively manage the appointments. It supports Akismet anti spam protection hence making it a spam free plugin. The messages received by the administrator contains blog username, Date/Time timestamp, IP address of the sender, making it simpler to categorize and know more about the sender.
I hope you found this article useful. We’ll keep updating our blog with the latest and useful plugins which may help you have a great experience with using your WordPress installation.
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