No matter how hard you work on your blog, it will be always under the threat of attack from scammers, hackers, and cybercriminals – all they need is an opening to exploit you.
So, as the owner of a blog, what can you do to protect yourself from the worst-case scenario? Before your blog comes under attack, and you are faced with a disaster, you can take the help of WordPress plugins, if your blog is hosted on WordPress, that is.
Today, more than 70 percent of the websites are powered by WordPress, so, it makes sense to host your blog on WordPress, and with the choicest of plugins at your disposal, there’s nothing that you can’t do with WordPress, provided you take the necessary precautions.
Speaking of precautions, as mentioned before, before you decide the content for your blog, it’s of utmost importance that you take the necessary steps to secure your website, and when it comes to WordPress, there’s no shortage of security plugins, but of course, you will need to go for the very best.
When it comes to WordPress security plugins, ‘WordFence’ has always maintained the top spot, and rightfully so. One of the most downloaded security plugins, it has a whopping three million downloads and still counting.
The ‘WordFence’ security plugin is actually a firewall, but it also comes with a malware scanner; so, even if a virus somehow manages to enter, it will still bet detected. Of course, you should remember that it is a security plugin, it will have to be updated quite regularly.
Made by WordPress itself, JetPack is quite famous among WordPress users. Dubbed as one of the best software to date, JetPack is an affordable solution, if you want to opt for security features, that are not expensively priced.
Loaded with multiple security features – spam protection, monitoring aspects, and site speed – for both beginners and advanced users, JetPack comes with a free and a premium plan
Dubbed as one of the best two-in-one plugins, ‘VaultPress’ is a security plugin that also acts as a backup system.
Powered by JetPack, VaultPress can help you to secure your website in only a few steps, and by chance, if their security fails after several repeated attacks, you can rest well knowing that your data are not lost – they have a back-up and can be easily recovered.
That being said, since VaultPress comes in the JetPack bundle, you can also enjoy various other features that come with VaultPress.
Just like any other WordPress plugins, the security plugin ‘iThemes Security’ too claims to be ‘Number 1’, but it’s up to you whether you believe it or not – but know this that this plugin is no pushover.
When it comes to defending your website, the ‘iThemes Security’ plugin does its job well – no matter what’s the IP of the attacker is, it will be automatically blocked, when the plugin finds out that the same IP has attacked other sites as well.
This plugin has two versions – free and premium. You can opt for the free version, if you are looking for only the basic features, but for the premium version, you get various other features such as file comparison, password security, two-factor authentication and such.
Known as one of the best security plugins – right next to WordFence – this plugin comes with its firewall (though only premium users can enjoy this feature) and can deal with threats that have managed to cross the first line of defense.
That said, this plugin can also check malware and file tampering plus it also monitors the files that are uploaded on the website.
Best suited for WordPress beginners, the security plugin ‘Defender’ might just be the line that you are looking for – you only need to download and install the plugin, and the plugin will do the rest of the work.
If you are the type who hates to tweak settings or even code, then, this is the plugin for you. By the way, this security plugin also comes with features such as file scans and Google’s two-step verification.
If you are looking for a lightweights security plugin that has all the features of a top-notch premium security plugin, then, your best bet is ‘WP fail2ban’.
Best known as one of the simplest and effective security plugins, this plugin can effectively secure your website against any foreign threats. While not as good as WordFence, this plugin can still give a run for the money – it can block attempts against any threats and suspicious users, plus, it won’t slow down the website.
Like its name, this plugin is also pretty much straight forward in its method of protection. If you want to scan for viruses or any malicious files that are stored deep within the WordPress database, there are not many plugins that can match up to ‘Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall’.
It comes in two versions – free and premium; the free version is more than enough for the basic users, but if you are looking for more advanced features such as getting a firewall for brute attacks, then, opting for the premium version makes sense.
Securing your website against cyberattacks is a must as you never know when it will go down, so, your best bet is to take the help of ‘security plugins’ – they are the first line of defense of the website from the cyberattacks.
So, if your website is hosted on WordPress, why not utilize the benefits of security plugins that WordPress has to offer?