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10 Plugins For Securing Your WordPress Based Website From Hackers

With its ease of use and versatile approach to fulfilling each individual’s needs WordPress opens the doors to the virtual universe.  As most of you know WordPress is the very popular software that allows each of us to install it, make mistakes with it and get it working again and again. With that in mind understand that you’re still moving forward, even if you’re falling on your face. This article offers the top ten most downloaded security plugins for WordPress.

My Top 10 Selections for 2012 of the Most Downloaded security plugins

1.   WP Security Scan – raises the level of the security for your Thesis theme for WordPress installation. It does this by scanning your site for security issues then suggests the methods you can use to fix them.

2.   WP-MalWatch – is designed to alert you when hackers have invaded your blog. When hackers do get into your WordPress blog site, they infest your site or blog with links to their sites. When you know they have invaded you can take the necessary actions to remove them from your world.

3.   WP Secure plug-in – provides security for your WordPress installation by hiding your plug-in directory and WP version from hackers and others. This is important to do because the cyber scum that inhabits our virtual world use the version and the list of plugins to locate one that they have hacked before to hack their way into your blog!  Add this plug-in to protect your website or blog.

4.   Website Defender WordPress Security plug-in – free and comprehensive security tool that helps you secure your WordPress installation and offers suggestions for strengthening your passwords, securing your database, and lots more

5.   Akismet – program that checks comments left on your blog or website to see if they appear to be spam and then allows you to review the spam it does catch through the blog “Comments” admin screen. Akismet comes pre-installed and once you apply for and install your API key you will find the controls for it in your options panel in your Dashboard.

6.   BackWPUp – plugin that backs up your WordPress files and database and store them wherever you decide.  You can schedule automatic backups and pick out which folders and tables you want to backup.

7.   CAPTCHA – adds anti-spam methods to WordPress on all your forms, comments, registrations, lost passwords, logins, or you can actually require a code for everything on your site.

8.   Exploit Scanner – strengthens the security for your WordPress installation by scanning your site for security vulnerabilities and suggesting methods in which you can fix the problem.

9.   BulletProof Security – security protection against: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking and on and on. Like the name says, it protects against attacks of all kinds.

10.  Better WP Security – This really is the easiest way to secure your WordPress site. You can improve the security of your WordPress site in seconds.

I would urge a bit of caution when it comes to downloading and using third party plugins. No offense is intended to any of those folks. WordPress is only able to stand behind those plugins that they test prior to offering them to WordPress users. That means that you are on your own when you use something other than what WordPress offers. Proceed with caution.

Now that you have some idea of what the security plugins are all about don’t hesitate to spend some time – now – installing that security into your site. Doing so will provide you with worry-free time, time that you can use creating more content for your site!  Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn


About The Author

David Crawford has been working on the internet since 2003 and found early on that he really enjoys research and soon discovered that a research hound such as himself makes an excellent freelance writer as well.  As a huge fan of WordPress and the StudioPress themes he has worked within the WordPress Dashboard for years adding content for clients such as ShopWPThemes and writing Professional WordPress Themes reviews.

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  1. Dean Saliba ) says: 8/6/2012

    Excellent article, securing your blog is vital. I use Akismet & GASP to help slow down the spammers and I also use a plugin to backup my database and a plugin to stop people trying to guess my password. :)

    I would also encourage people to update their blog to the latest version as soon as possible. My friend was hacked recently and the latest version of WordPress was 3.1, he was still using 2.5!


  2. Samuel says: 8/6/2012

    Akismet is an OK plugin but a better plugin would be GASP.

    But both are ok actually.

    I included some of the plugins here, in my article:

    Good job!


  3. JTPratt Media ) says: 8/15/2012

    I’ve used them all and Better WP security is the most all-inclusive. That and the fact that it’s been consistently updated over the last year, and seems to come out with new features each month.


  4. WPHound ) says: 9/7/2012

    Very useful post. Many people don’t make use plugins and make changes to protect their WordPress blogs. By using some plugins protections is very easy.


  5. Dan Hulton ) says: 9/11/2012

    I’m rather sad I didn’t launch sooner, or I might have had an opportunity to be included in this excellent list!

    PanicPress is something unique in the realm of WordPress security – two factor authentication for your blog! Before *anyone* can access your administration section, you get a text message and can approve or reject them. And if you fear your site is under severe attack, you can text “panic” to us and your administration section immediately goes down with a convincing-looking PHP error.

    Since I’ve just launched, I’m happy to offer promotional codes to interested parties to try out the service for free – just email me at “dan (at) danhulton (dot) com”.

    I’m sure PanicPress would be an excellent accompaniment to any of the plugins in this list, and would vastly help improve your blog’s security!


  6. Webmaster says: 9/16/2012

    Thank you! Good job!



  7. Andrew says: 11/7/2012

    Great plugin collection, thanks so much for sharing!


  8. digital12 ) says: 11/27/2012

    Thank for the article! I’ve been continuously involved concerning wordpress security. Any recommendation for backup plugin / code / service?


  9. Gratisproben says: 1/4/2013

    Thank you!!!!!


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