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Our second post in our Cyber Security Month tip series will cover the importance of using a security plugin in your WordPress website. Security is an extremely important factor in ensuring that your website remains solid and it is important to know that WordPress right out of the box does not offer any security solutions to prevent your website from getting hacked or destroyed. Some hosting providers, such as WP Engine offer security for sites hosted on their servers but many do not provide such services to their customers. There are many plugins out there that you can install on your WordPress website to help keep your website safe that you should consider installing on your site if you do not have security; we are going to name a few of them below. Please note that you should only choose one security plugin because having more than one can cause conflict and possibly crash your site.
Wordfence offers both a free and premium version and has many powerful features. The free version of this security plugin alone allows blocking brute force attacks, implements a firewall and scans your WordPress site for malware; if someone logs into your website without your permission (as well as with permission) an email will be sent out to the administrator describing the login attempt. If one of your files in your WordPress installation goes corrupt, Wordfence will attempt to repair it. Click on the logo to visit Wordfence’s website and you can compare both the free and premium versions of the plugin. Wordfence is a great security plugin that you can depend on to keep your site safe from hackers far and wide.
Another popular security plugin known by the WordPress community would be iThemes Security, which has both a free and premium version available. It is similar to Wordfence and the free version is extremely powerful. It has many of the same features as Wordfence, but also includes options to hide the admin URL, local and network brute force protection and bans bad users. You can even change your admin URL to prevent hackers from even finding it as well as change your admin’s user name if it is simply “admin” (next week’s post will discuss why this is bad). To see a full list of features, click on the logo above and scroll down until you get to the button that says “See all 30+ ways iThemes Security protects your site”; you will learn how powerful the free version of the plugin is by itself.
When you use a security plugin, you can feel safe managing your WordPress site. These plugins offer features such as database backup (restore in case your website is hacked), malware detection (keep adware, viruses and other types of security hazards out of your site) and user monitoring (to show who has logged in or attempted to login). You need to know who is trying to access your site and learn what they are trying to do to ensure the safety of your visitors and your property. While a free or premium security plugin cannot protect your site 100%, they still can be helpful when trying to eliminate digital trespassing.
Disclaimer: Creativity Design Group is in no way affiliated with the developers of the plugins mentioned in this article; this article is for educational purposes only and is not being used to advertise for iThemes or Wordfence.
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