First off, why do we even need to secure a website?
Well, why do you need to lock your house at night?
The idea of thieves entering a house sounds like an anomaly to some living in a
metropolitan city but one can never be too sure, right?
In a digital world on the brink of a quantum breakthrough, Data Thieves and
Hackers are commonplace.
With any website whether based on WordPress or not, hacking is a basic problem.
The constant presence of malicious software in digital space makes security
plugins a requirement.
Security plugins keep a constant tab on website traffic and
run regular checks to filter any kind of infections and bugs. A good security plugin
readily displays data in real time and provides prompt notifications about any
issues spotted while running routine checks.
All in all, a security plugin insures – to a large extent, the protection of your data.
Being such a versatile and widely used platform liked and accepted by people all
over the world, WordPress is in the crosshairs of many hackers. Hack attempts
cannot be stopped, but susceptibility can be regulated.
WordPress does regular checks and pushes updates to keep up and close any loopholes they are aware of, but hackers sometimes spot vulnerabilities that allow them control over the whole server. It is not uncommon for hackers to spot a vulnerability in a plugin
and use the same to infect thousands of WordPress websites.
So, what Security Plugins should be used to keep track of
traffic, malicious software, watch over other plugins and
check for traces of infections?
Here, let us briefly discuss 3 security plugins for a WordPress website that
could be considered the best in the current timeframe.
This is one of the most popular security plugins for WordPress based websites out
there. The plugin has been developed from the ground up with one goal in mind – to
protect WordPress. It runs regular checks on your WordPress based website for
any kind of infections and malicious pieces of code.
All the core files and plugins are checked during the process and you get a notification in case any infections are spotted. There is also an option to add double-factored authentication via SMS.
This plugin offers real-time website traffic data which is a great way to view
interactions as well as to spot attempted attacks.
Of course, the premium features are amazing, but the free version offers great
features nonetheless. The use of security plugins like Wordfence i.e., plugins that
have been custom made for your WordPress based website guarantees the
seamless integration between your website and plugin that everybody desires.
Coming from a company that has been in operation for over a decade, this plugin
offers security activity like integrity testing, malware testing and activity auditing.
Blacklist creation and checks are done from various sources like Google, Norton,
McAfee and from Sucuri Labs themselves.
Sucuri is focused on making websites safer and faster in a world of emerging digital threat and thus they have cloud based services where all data regarding activities is kept safe. The plugin also provides prompt notifications upon spotting infections.
Not really the new kid in class. But this recently developed security plugin is
attracting attention for all the right reasons. Defender is highly recommended by
many users because this security plugin offers protection against known
vulnerabilities like brute force attacks and SQL injections amongst others.
At the same time, it is not overly complicated to use and does not require extensive
knowledge of the workings of Internet Security. Features like location based IP
blocking, automated bot IP recognition and blocking, login masking,
double-factored authentication processes and spam prevention to name a few,
make the Defender a frontrunner.
An exciting perk about this WordPress security plugin is that it comes with a stack of free features that usually have to be paid for.
Even though it has been recommended by WordPress themselves, is it
enough to stop a full blown attack?
Well, is one lock on the door enough to keep a thief from breaking the
door? It is recommended to use a sturdy door with strong hinges. Just like
home security, one should not take a chance with their website especially
when additional security measures are as simple these:
Download plugins only from trusted sources:
WordPress has a base of more than 50,000 plugins to choose from. Security
plugins that have been tested by WordPress are available to download directly
from their website. This ensures the smooth running of security measures and
Downloading plugins that are seamlessly compatible with WordPress ensures the smooth amalgamation of all the plugins and tools you have used.
Keep WordPress updated:
The older versions of the installation have known issues and loopholes, this
makes them very susceptible and very obvious targets to attacks. WordPress
strengthens their security with every update they make and it is important to
follow in their footsteps so that the website is not vulnerable to attacks.
A no brainer really. I mean if you want to keep your birthday as your password then be my guest but do not expect a lion not to eat you just because you did not attempt to eat it.
Applying a strong password that contains all variations of commands available on
the keyboard is recommended so as to keep hacks stopped out for as long as
The use of a combination of uppercase lowercase letters with special
characters and numbers ensures a buffer time before any major breakthrough.
This does not fully protect against a planned attack, instead, buys time to take
additional security measures.
Building a website is a great way to increase customer interaction and brand
awareness and just because so much of a brands image is dependant on the
website, it is necessary to keep control of the content that is being portrayed.
Security plugins are an effective way to protect a website against a lot of attacks
and thus must be taken seriously.