5 Free Security Plugins to Help You Sleep Better at Night
5 Free Security Plugins to Help You Sleep Better at Night
Internet property is no different from real estate property.  There is always a risk of invasion and if you do not take the proper measures, everything that you’ve worked to build will be taken over or possibly destroyed.  Not only are you at risk but your visitors’ information as well!  That’s why it is important that you take your website’s security very seriously from the beginning.  I know that you do, so here are my top 5 free security plugins that you can install to your WordPress site to keep it secure.
 

UpdraftPlus

 UpDraftPlus
 
UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular backup and restoration plugins on the market.  It’s used by over 51,000 users and is ranked in the top 100 of all WordPress plugins according to RankWP.com.
UpdraftPlus allows you to back up your website to Amazon S4, Google Drive,  Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud Files, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost DreamObjects, FTP, OpenStack and more.  Backups of your database and your files are easily downloaded and restored.
You can schedule your backups to occur automatically and even split larger sites in to multiple archives.
They do offer a premium version with additional features like site cloning.
There will come a time where you’ll need a back up of your website.  It’s not a matter of “if” but “when.”

Wordfence Security

 WordFence
Wordfence is one of the top security plugins on the market.  It’s used by over 250,000 users and it’s ranked in the top 100 of all WordPress plugins.
 
Wordfence is a free yet advanced security plugin that includes a firewall, malware scanning, anti-virus scanning and live traffic moderation.  It also checks your site’s core files, themes and plugins against the WordPress.org repository for integrity.  If your files have suspiciously changed you will be notified and you have the option to have them repaired.
 
They also claim to make your site 50% faster once installed and configured.  It comes with it’s own caching system so that there are no conflicts between you cache and your security.
There is a premium version of the plugin with additional features like two-factor text message login.

iThemes Security (formally Better WP Security)

iThemes Security
iThemes security is arguably the best security plugin on the market for WordPress.  It has over 75,000 active users and it’s ranked in the top 100 of all WordPress plugins on the market.
iThemes bundles all of the security features of Better WP Security into one solution .  This all in one sollution gives you 30+ ways to secure your website from predators.
On their website they also provide a host of other plugins, themes and training so you can maximize the use of this plugin.
There is a premium version called iThemes Security Pro with additional features like, two factor authentication, password expiration and malware scanning

All in One WP Security and Firewall

All in One WP Security 
All in One WP Security and Firewall is a 100% free plugin that checks your website for vulnerabilities and gives you tools to further secure it.  It has over 100,000 active users and as of now has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on WordPress.org.

Some features include brute force login protection, comment spam security, adding firewall protection to your .htaccess file, WHOIS lookup of your visitor IP addresses and more.

Once installed, the Security Points Score System will calculate and gauge how secure your website is based on the features that you have activated.
security-points-score-system
The team at Tips and Tricks HQ also claim that their plugin is compatible with all of the major WP plugins and it doesn’t slow down your website.
 
 

BulletProof Security

 BulletProof Security
BulletProof Security is another popular complete security plugin for your WordPress website.  It’s currently being used by over 100,000 users and it has maintained a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on WordPress.org.
They developers claim that the plugin will not slow down your website.  It doesn’t make any unnecessary database queries or store any non-essential data.  With the Speed Boost Cache Bonus Code, you can improve the speed and performance of your website.

A relatively stripped down version of the plugin is available for free but there is a paid ‘pro’ version with database back up and monitoring, .htaccess file security and a host of other powerful features.  However, a lot of features on the paid version are available for free in some of the other plugins mentioned in this post.

As you can see, installing any of these powerful, yet free security plugins will help you to protect your investment.  Be sure to look into the ‘pro’ versions of each as your website grows and you need more automated features.   Also make sure that you keep your themes, plugins and WordPress core installation up to date so that you are protected from any known vulnerabilities.
Are there any other plugins that you use to secure your website?  Let us know in the comments below!!!

Bryan McNeil-Walker

Bryan "Don Suave '" McNeil-Walker is a music producer of over 20 years with a passion for marketing. After immersing himself in digital marketing for four years he founded Alavon Enterprises to help provide entrepreneurs and creatives the tools and solutions to grow their business/brand in the new digital age. His belief is that the marketing of today and tomorrow is social, automated and mobile.
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