5 WordPress Plugins to Secure Your Blog

No matter how hard you work on your blogs, you should be protecting your WordPress sites from the hackers.

Or else you’d be scolding yourself for not securing your blog.

WordPress is undoubtedly the best CMS (Content Management System) in the blogosphere, but hackers and/or crackers can hack into your site either by;

  • guessing your username and password
  • or by injecting malicious code into your blogs (be sure to use secured WP plugins all the time!)

So how can you make your blog safe from being hacked?

Here are the top 5 WordPress security plugins for you

Before installing these WP security plugins, be sure to check your whole WP blog using  Sucuri SiteCheck. This is one of the best sites to find malicious data on your blog.

Bullet Proof security

This plugin protects your WordPress site against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, code injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts. One of the best ways to protect your WP site.

Better WP Security

This plugin has best WordPress security features and thereby ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site. One of the MUST have WP security plugins for your WordPress blog.

Limit Login Attempts

I personally use this plugin on all of my WP plugins. Using this, you can limit the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using authorized cookies.By default WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies.

Few features of Limit login attempts:

  • Limit the number of retry attempts when logging in (for each IP). Fully customizable
  • Limit the number of attempts to log in using auth cookies in same way
  • Informs user about remaining retries or lockout time on login page
  • Optional logging, optional email notification
  • Handles server behind reverse proxy

Wordfence Security

This is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, virus scanning, real-time traffic with geolocation and more.

Few features are:

  • Scans for heuristics of backdoors, trojans, suspicious code and other security issues.
  • Checks the strength of all user and admin passwords to enhance login security.
  • Monitor your DNS security for unauthorized DNS changes.
  • Includes a firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, malicious scans from hackers and botnets.

More Secure Login

This is one of the best security WP plugins to protect your blog from guessing the passwords or usernames from the hackers. It includes an additional layer to login to your account and thus increases more security.

Extra tip: Always back up your blog. No matter how strong is your blog from being hacked by someone else, you NEED to back up your blog at regular intervals. WordPress Backup to Dropbox is the best way to backup your blog within minutes. You can store your files into your dropbox account.

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About Rahul Kuntala

Rahul Kuntala is a guest blogger at Blogging Shiksha. You can follow him @learnblogtips for more updates on blogging.

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