Securing your WordPress website should always be a top priority for your business. Websites are your piece of real estate in the Internet, and like any valuable property, you want to ensure that it’s safe from thieves and intruders. WordPress security plugins are a great way to undertake all the necessary measures to guarantee the sufficient security of your online presence.

But even before we start exploring these plugins, here’s are a few essential WordPress security measures you will need to implement first:

  • Use strong passwords for your WordPress account. Use a long password with capital letters, small case letters, numbers and special characters.The goal is to have a long password that is hard to guess
  • Avoid using the username “Admin” 
  • Ensure you only download WordPress plugins and themes from trusted sources. I would recommend sticking to the popular plugins and themes that are well known. Nulled themes from untrusted sources generally contain malware in the code.
  • Always keep plugins and themes updated to the latest version. Themes and Plugins are the biggest source of vulnerabilities in our website so updating them is extremely necessary. Often times attackers can exploit these plugins to gain access to your website or inject malicious script in your website.
  • Last but not least, always keep your WordPress installation up-to-date. My advice is as soon as there you get a notification on your dashboard requiring you to update your WordPress installation always do it immediately.  Most of the times, hacked websites are those which are using an older version of WordPress.

Also Read: Here’s a Quick Way To Secure Your WordPress Website in 4 Easy Steps

And we are here with 10 of the best WordPress Security plugins to ensure the safety and security of your online presence.

1. WordFence

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WordFence is one of the most popular WordPress security plugins. It regularly scans all the files of your WordPress core, theme and plugins for malware infection.

This plugin is free, but a few advanced features are available for premium users.

With over 1+ million active installs and a 4.9-star rating, It clearly reflects upon the trust and value Wordfence Security is offering to millions of its users across the world.

Here are some of its most notable features:

  • Blocks brute force attacks by adding two-factor authentication via SMS
  • You can block traffic from a specific country
  • It includes a firewall to block fake traffic, botnet and scanners
  • It also scans your hosting for known backdoors including C99, R57 and others
  • They send you email notifications if they detect any suspicious activity on your account

This plugin claims to make your WordPress website 50X faster and more secure, honestly I think it’s worth checking out.

2. Login LockDown

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This is a very specialized security plugin that helps prevent brute force attacks.

The plugin offers protection to your WP site keeping checks on the IP address and timestamp for every failed login attempt that anyone makes to trespass into your website.

This gives you a very clear representation of how many times someone has attempted to get into your site from the same IP within a specified period of time, immediately alerting you.

With over 200,000+ active installs and a 4.8-star rating, it’s safe to say that this plugin is very well known and trusted.

3. All in One WP Security & Firewall

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It is designed to avidly check your websites for any vulnerabilities and loopholes in security. This WordPress security plugin has a user-friendly interface for those who are not familiar with advanced security settings.

Some of its most notable features include:

  • User Account security- The plugin will also detect if you have any WordPress user accounts which have identical login and display names
  • User login security- Monitor/View the account activity of all user accounts on your system by keeping track of the username, IP address, login date/time, and logout date/time
  • User Registration Security- If your site allows people to create their own accounts via the WordPress registration form, then you can minimize SPAM or bogus registrations by manually approving each registration
  • Database Security
  • File System Security
  • Firewall Functionality
  • Comment SPAM Security
  • Front-end Text Copy Protection
  • Works with Most Popular WP Plugins

4. Sucuri Security

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Number one security plugin highly recommend by the WordPress Yoast SEO team.  It is designed to stop hackers from stealing anything important from your website or wiping up your crucial forensic data.

Sucuri Inc is a globally recognized authority in all matters related to website security, with specialization in WordPress Security.

Some of its most notable features include:

  • Security Notifications
  • Sucuri Cloud Proxy Website Firewall
  • Offers Post Hack Security Options
  • Security Blacklist Monitoring
  • Remote Security Malware Scanning
  • Security File Integrity Monitoring

5. Hide My Site

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Only visitors who know the password will be able to access your WordPress site. This is a great tool for someone setting up a development version of a WordPress site or anyone else looking to hide their site from the public or search engines such as Google.

Some of its most notable features include:

  • You can choose how many days you want the user to stay logged in by going to Settings > Hide My Site > Duration.
  • You can choose to automatically grant access to specific ip addresses
  • You can set and customize the title tag for the login page
  • You can choose to discourage search engines from indexing your login page via Settings > Reading > Search Engine Visibility
  • You can choose to automatically grant access to admin users
  • Preview login page option – See your login page as a logged-out visitor would see it. Helpful if you want to see what your login page looks like even if you are already logged in

Also Read: 37 Essential WordPress Plugins To Boost Your Website.


6. 6Scan Security


6Scan Security is a popular auto-fix protection for your WordPress site. The plugin has a security scanner which scans and protect your website against SQL injection, Cross Site Scripting, CSRF, Directory traversal, Remote file including, DOS attack etc.

The plugin has a security scanner which scans and protects your website against SQL injection, Cross Site Scripting, CSRF, Directory traversal, Remote file including, DOS attack and other OWASP top ten security vulnerabilities.

Here are some of its most notable features:

  • Automatic vulnerability fix – When it finds any vulnerable code, it applies auto-fix by using its auto-fix server-side agent solution
  • Automatic malware fix for malware related issues on your website
  • Sends email notifications if there is anything serious in your website

7. BulletProof Security

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This WordPress security plugin covers three major areas: firewall, login and database security.

With it’s easy and quick four-click setup interface, all you need is just activate this plugin and it takes care of everything for you.

Here are some if its most notable features:

  • It limits failed login attempts and blocks security scanners, fake traffic, IP blocking and code scanners
  • It keeps on checking the code of WordPress core files, themes, and plugins
  • In case of any known infection, it notifies admin
  • It also optimizes the performance of your website by adding caching
  • It comes with built-in file manager for htaccess
  • It protects WordPress websites against various vulnerabilities including XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection, SQL Injection and many other
  • This plugin keeps itself updated with new vulnerabilities to keep your website protected

8. Google Authenticator

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Two-factor or two-step authentication is used by this plugin when a user logs in to a WordPress site.

In addition to entering a user name and password, another method of authentication is done such as a text, voice call or a mobile app. It also supports security keys plugged in the USB port.

Here are some of its most notable features:

  • You can login using username + password + two-factor or username + two-factor
  • Two-Factor can be enabled for role wise
  • It can be deployed for your entire user base in minutes
  • Supports multi-factor authentication for all type of phones
  • Google Authenticator method is supported by both Google Authenticator and Authy App. You can configure Google Authenticator method by Google Authenticator as well as Authy 2-Factor Authentication App
  • If you want to login from mobile browser then any authentication method can be converted into Security Questions (KBA) by just one click

The second step is only required once per device, so if you only use one device, you don’t have to enter the second authentication method again.

9. WP AntiVirus Site Protection

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WP Antivirus is packed and presented with premium-quality security mechanisms and controls to prevent the website and its functioning from any type of harmful penetrations.

It detects backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, fraud tools, adware, spyware, hidden links, redirection etc.

Some of its most notable features include;

  • Complete scan of all the documents existing within the website
  • Malware prevention or detection and removal
  • Alerts and notifications set up
  • Protection from brute force attacks
  • Availability to review security reports


10.  iThemes Security ( Formerly WP Security)

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Formerly Better WP Security, this security WordPress plugin is developed by iThemes which has been building and supporting WordPress tools since 2008 like Backup Buddy their WordPress backup plugin.

Here are some of its most notable features:

  • Two-Factor Authentication – Use a mobile app such as Google Authenticator or Authy to generate a code or have a generated code emailed to you
  • WordPress Salts & Security Keys – The iThemes Security plugin makes updating your WordPress keys and salts easy
  • Malware Scan Scheduling – Have your site scanned for malware automatically each day. If an issue is found, an email is sent with the details
  • Password Security – Generate strong passwords right from your profile screen
  • Password Expiration – Set a maximum password age and force users to choose a new password. You can also force all users to choose a new password immediately (if needed)
  • Google reCAPTCHA – Protect your site against spammers
  • Dashboard Widget – Manage important tasks such as user banning and system scans right from the WordPress dashboard


Over To You,

The way WordPress is designed it’s already a secure platform but a combination of bad security practices, poor hosting configuration, and poorly coded plugins can pose a security threat to your website.

If you are using WordPress you have a higher risk of being attacked due to the platform’s popularity. Equipping yourself with the proper knowledge, skills and tools to prevent such attacks is extremely important.

It’s because of this that by installing these WordPressss security plugins as an extra layer of security doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

Are you already using any of these plugins? Know any other WordPress security plugins worth mentioning? 

As always I would love to hear from you.

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Catherine Mong’ina is the Founder and CEO of E-Technology Africa, a digital marketing agency based in Nairobi, Kenya offering social media, S.E.O, website and app development services. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing digital marketing content that gains social media attention and increases you search visibility.