WordPress is a great and widespread Content Management System and WordPress security plugins are more actual than ever.
WordPress started its journey as blogging platform, but after several years of survival and development it has become much more than just a simple blogging tool. Its simplicity, ease of use, great features, rich open source community and great extensibility made it popular among users and coders. Now with millions of WordPress websites hosted on the internet WordPress shows its popularity and success. But this popularity also attracts hackers and spammers to play the game.
After spending lots of time, effort and off course money to create a WordPress website, security becomes a great issue for us to concern about. Even a small vulnerability or error can lead to losing lots of important data and information. WordPress is very secure and it’s not easy to hack WordPress, but hackers are more intelligent than our imagination and they are always looking for a week points. If any weak point left open they definitely will harm your website. There are many Wordpress security plugins and precautions are available on internet which can enhance your WordPress security and make it immune to several possible security attacks. Here in this post I am going to list some useful WordPress security plugins that can add extra layer of security to protect your WordPress website:
WP Security Scan
Prevention is always better than cure because it’s better to kill the trouble before it can harm. WP Security Scan is a great free WordPress security plugin. It scans your WordPress directories, detects Vulnerabilities and security threats and suggest solutions for improving security of your WordPress website like weak passwords, file/directory permissions, database problems, version spoofing, WordPress admin protection and remove wp generator meta tag from core code.
WordPress security plugins like Secure WordPress improves the WordPress security by removing error messages from login pages, adding index.html files to all WordPress directories to disable directory browsing, hides WordPress version information, removes really simple discovery, live writer ,hides core update information, plug-in-update information, theme-update information for non-admins (only WP 2.8 and higher), removes version on URLs from scripts and style sheets only on front-end, blocks any bad queries that could be harmful to your WordPress website.
Spamming is the great problem for websites. Spamming is the popular way of advertisement as it doesn’t requires any operational cost like other promotion methods. According to study more than 70% comments posted on websites are spam comments, in which most of them are posted by automated spam bots. These spam bots are programmed to fill all the information needed by website to post a comment. There are many solutions available to stop these kind of spam bots. Using captcha is a very efficient way to stop these bots, but for a genuine user captcha is annoying and it also demotivate them to post comments.
So if you are not interested to add these kind of captcha to your wordpress comment section and you also don’t want to annoy your users by puzzling them by captcha then this Wordpress security plugin is very useful for you.
NoSpamNX uses a intelligent way to stop spam bots. NoSpamNX introduces extra form fields to your comment templates (Which are not visible to your valuable genuine visitors). Normal visitors cannot leave these fields because they cannot see them, but spam bots blindly fills all the fields. This Wordpress security plugin checks for the submitted data if these extra fields are filled then comments are blocked.
WordPress is really very good and secure blogging platform, but WordPress security is not enough because the server or environment where it is installed also needs to be secure. htaccess file is very useful and strong protection that is available on every web server.
Bulletproof Security utilises this security feature and protects your blog/website from hackers. Bulletproof Security proves its name and works as an armour for the website where it is installed. It restricts SS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts and also provides numerous features to make your site bullet proof for attacks.
Theme Authenticity Checker
There are several free themes available online. We can use any of them in our website and show our existence on theinternet, but these themes can have harmful code which can compromise WordPress security and transfer your confidential information to wrong hands.
Theme Authencity Checker(TAC) is a very useful Wordpress security plugin which scans your WordPress themes for malicious code that can harm your website. If any harmful code is found then this plugin point the code by giving theme name, file name and line number of the unwanted malicious code.
I hope you find this information useful- Please leave a comment and also please share if you know other good WordPress security plugins.