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You’ve created your own website and need to safeguard it. However, how can you begin implementing effective security measures? Plugins are simple additions to your WordPress website that add additional functionality.
Some allow you to personalize the appearance of your posts. Certain models include search engine optimization tools. Additionally, there are some excellent plugins that will protect your website, bots, and malware.
The following are some of the best WordPress plugins you should consider using to Secure Your Website against cyberattacks.
As the name says, Wordfence Security is primarily intended for use with WordPress. Additionally, it is one of the most popular plugins, with more than 150 million downloads. That’s because even its free edition provides all of the essential features to help you secure your website. Additionally, it is quite simple to use, with an appealing structure that enables you to quickly assess and block major dangers.
Its firewall is installed on the endpoint, which is your server, and unlike cloud services, it does not compromise end-to-end encryption. In theory, the disadvantage is that it may cause your site to slow down. However, there is no discernible lag, and the benefits much exceed the drawbacks.
It’s a complete approach to security that enables you to manually block suspect IP addresses and nations renowned for cyberattacks that are not relevant to your target audience. You gain access to real-time statistics, which enable you to detect attempted hacks, Google crawlers, and harmful bots.
While Wordfence is free to use on numerous WordPress sites, a paid version with faster updates is available. These are pushed out 30 days later to free users.
The additional service offered by Wordfence is particularly impressive: if your site has been hacked, the developers will clean it up, re-secure it, and give you a year’s subscription to premium (worth $99) for just $179.
All-in-One WP Security & Firewall
Another plugin to help you secure your website is the All in One WP Security & Firewall. This plugin understands that not everyone is aware of what occurs online. They simply want to manage a website for a certain purpose without learning to code.
This plugin is divided into three sections: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. All in One WP Security & Firewall is an excellent plugin, regardless of whether you’re a novice or a developer.
To begin, it provides an objective assessment of your site’s security and makes recommendations on how to improve it. It will incorporate the most recent security recommendations from WordPress’ parent company, Automattic. Additionally, you can construct a blacklist with certain requirements to restrict a user. This implies that if you become aware of a malicious trend affecting your site, you can take action to counter it.
Additionally, this is all entirely free!
All in One WP Security & Firewall creates backups of your site automatically, ensuring that nothing is lost in the event of an attack. However, exercise caution: some hosts prohibit users from performing their own backups and will therefore disable this plugin. Conduct research before adding All in One WP Security & Firewall to your list of plugins.
Brute force attacks operate by flooding login pages with data. This is an easy technique for hackers to obtain access to a website, especially if the login and password are obvious, such as “1234” or “password.” While we strongly advise against it, many users continue to utilize basic login credentials. Not only are brute force attacks risky for your site, but they also slow it down for legitimate visitors.
Login LockDown secures your website by logging each login’s IP address and timestamp. If more than three unsuccessful login attempts occur within five minutes, the plugin blocks those IP addresses from accessing the login page for an hour.
You may be concerned about this if your website has a large number of contributors; after all, you don’t want people to be shut out if they forget their passwords. Fortunately, administrators can unlock locked IP addresses via the settings panel of Login LockDown.
Additionally, you may modify the number of failed login attempts prior to enforcing restrictions.
Jetpack is installed by the majority of WordPress users, but not only for its ability to secure your website.
Jetpack was developed by Automattic and includes accurate statistics, theme modification, and an SEO tool. Additionally, security measures such as spam filters and protection against brute force assaults are included.
While its free version is not the finest available, its dual functionality, security, and site optimization, makes it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced developers. It does cause websites to lag slightly, but not significantly.
Additionally, Jetpack Premium (starting at $99 per year) includes VaultPress, which automatically backs up your site. This occurs on their own servers, ensuring that your site is not affected by slowness. After that, the backup is inspected for malware, and suggested updates are applied. Jetpack’s Professional edition will also address these security concerns.
VaultPress can be purchased independently, but it works best when combined with Jetpack if you already have it installed.
While some plugins provide two-factor authentication during the login process, the majority do not. And yet, it is critical for maintaining the security of your website. This is where Google Authenticator enters the picture.
Two-factor authentication requires users to log in using several methods.
If someone discovers your password, for example, they will be unable to obtain access without a second factor. If you’re using a smartphone to access it, this may be your fingerprint or Face ID. Alternatively, when a registered device’s password is used on a PC or laptop, an authentication code is transmitted to the registered device. Google Authenticator enables you to select the most appropriate approach for you.
The free basic model is ideal for this. The Standard plan is offered in tiny increments, beginning at about $5 per year (for up to two users), and includes additional security questions. The Premium version adds a slew of additional capabilities, including enhanced customization.
Each package includes short-code and customization add-ons. However, for the majority, the free version is sufficient.
After securing your website, there are plenty of other plugins available to customize it precisely how you see it. Numerous plugins improve your site’s performance; others integrate social features such as Disqus and social media sharing buttons.