Best WordPress Security Plugins (Free & Paid Security Tools)

How to protect your WordPress Site

Imagine this scenario.

An email pops into your inbox. A reader tells you your site looks a bit funny. It turns out they’re right; something happened.

You try to log in on the backend and get errors but no luck.

Congratulations, you’ve been hacked!

The above is just about the worst case scenario for anyone who runs a website, from the smallest solopreneur to Fortune 500 brands.

Unfortunately, this is a threat everyone faces with their sites.

Today, a simple username and clever password aren’t enough to keep your site sufficiently safe and secure. Hackers are everywhere and trying to breach your security.

In addition to the threat of hackers, there are a number of other reasons why it’s a good idea to add some security features to your site:

  • Blocking spam comments
  • Protection from content theft
  • Firewall protection
  • Email security
  • Safe and easy backups

Top Security Plugins For WordPress

Thankfully, you can get some help in the form of Wofdpress security plugins. Check out the list below and make sure you take steps to protect your site today! (See also our WordPress hosting services)

Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security is one of the most popular security plugins available. It offers a very good basic security structure, protecting your site from bad logins, attacks, and spam. The plugin can help you from the start too, by running a scan of your site when first installed to see if it has already been compromised.

Vault Press

Vault Press comes from the makers of the WordPress platform, so you know they’re well aware of the vulnerabilities of the site. This plugin was created to help you create backups of your site. Having a backup is crucial in the unfortunate event that you are hacked. With a few clicks, you can be back online.

Login Lockdown

It’s not uncommon for any website owner to get a few notices a week about suspicious login activity. Bots are trained to try many different password combinations in rapid-fire succession. The Login Lockdown plugin allows you to set a cool down period after too many failed login attempts.


For the advanced users with bit websites and a real fear of hacking attacks, Sucuri is a popular option. Their security features go above and beyond. Sucuri offers brute force protection that even entails all website traffic being scanned by a cloud proxy server first for approval before it can reach your site.

WPS Hide Login

One of the most common ways a WordPress site is attacked is through bots trying multiple password attempts on the standard login page. WPS Hide Login gives you an extra layer of protection. By moving the standard WordPress login URL to one of your choosing, it’s essentially hiding your login page.

iThemes Security

iThemes Security bills itself as an all-in-one WordPress security plugin that can take care of virtually all of your needs. It’s especially great at monitoring login attempts. One of its more popular features is an option that can ‘freeze’ your login page and will alert you if someone else is trying to get in.

WP Security Audit Log

If you’ve got a more advanced knowledge of the potential security threats on WordPress, WP Security Audit Log is a plugin that might be the perfect fit for you. It keeps a log of everything that’s happening on the backend of your site. A quick scan will let you see potential red flags and trouble spots before they arise.

Google Authenticator

Most security experts today highlight the importance of two-factor authentication when setting up passwords. Enter the Google Authenticator plugin. It adds an additional layer of security on your login attempts by asking you to authenticate your identity through a second method like a phone call, app, or text, for example.

WP Security Ninja

Trying to figure out how to beat hackers is a losing game. They are almost always one step ahead. That’s why a plugin like WP Security Ninja can be an invaluable tool. With just one click you can scan your site and perform over 50 different security tests, some of which you probably haven’t even thought of yet!

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

This is another great plugin that will cover your site backup and restoration needs. UpdraftPlus backup plugin allows you to backup your site to the cloud. Users can perform one time backups or schedule automatic backups. You can also restore a site to it’s previous backup easily. Your site’s security is incredibly important today. Don’t skimp on protecting yourself and your intellectual property.

I hope you have found these WordPress security plugins useful.

Have you tried any other options successfully? If so please comment below.


  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing such useful WordPress security plugins.
    I would also recommend the plugin User Activity Log Pro. It helps you monitor and keep track of all admin activities.

  2. 2

    To me, NinjaFirewall (WP Edition) is the best security plugin for WordPress. Integrates into the site as deep as php.ini, monitors changes in file system, closes known backdoors and has many many other handy tools which make any WP site rock-solid in terms of security. At least in my case it helped to get rid of attacks entirely on several websites. A must have.

  3. 4

    Hi Pilar,

    Indeed a great list of common WordPress security mistakes.

    A couple of days back I faced a situation where there was some unwanted ads being displayed on my blog and that was something I did not install. When inspected I found that there was a lot of unwanted codes that were injected into the WordPress theme files and other main files.

    On further inspection I found out the following 3 things which were the reasons for this:

    1). Not updating the other WordPress installation, plugins and themes that are being run from the same hosting account if you are using a shared hosting
    2). Optimizepress 1.0 is known to have a security issue and they have released an update to it. This doesn’t update in the normal updates from your wordpress dashboard. You might want to update it manually, if you haven’t done it yet.

    3). Not Cleaning and optimizing your database periodically

    4). Leaving the default themes like twentyeleven etc. as it is and not updating them. This primarily happens if you are using a different theme and these default themes just remain there.

    5). Not uninstalling plugins that haven’t been updated for a long time by its creators.

    These are prone to attacks. A couple of solutions that I found was installing plugin like Wordfence or, Bullet Proof Security or, Better WP security.

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