3 Top FREE WP Security Plugins Lock Down Your Sites
We all know why we love WordPress right, because it’s so easy to use, has so much flexibility, tools and is always being updated with new cool stuff! Well one unfortunate result of that is it becomes a target for hackers to exploit WordPress sites with the same vulnerabilities in in various ways. They may just be hacking for fun, to cause damage to your site or even hijack it to redirect your traffic! Did you know that a hacked site can pummel your SEO rankings?? If you have a successful blog with a lot of traffic, that’s the last thing you want!
So if you’re not already doing so, there are some basic precautions you should be taking and some simple tools you can use to help lock down your sites so that way hackers don’t see them as sitting ducks and have their way with them.
Here are 3 top rated FREE WordPress plugins you can install to give you extra protection and peace of mind:
Filters live traffic, blocks attacks and scans your sites source code to make sure it’s sound. It will alert you via email when your sites need updating or attention and it will also clean up your site if you’ve already fallen victim to an attack. It really gives you great visibility to what traffic is coming in and gives you the option to block traffic from countries you don’t want which can be awesome!
Better WP Security
This plugin is great because of its simplicity and ease of use. You can choose to use it’s “one-click” protection option for fast and easy setup or take it further with it’s additional options. Bottom line is, it will do a great job of protecting your site, detecting issues and notifying you, recovering from issues and even make regular backups of your WP database if you want it to. All that in one plugin for peace of mind!
This yet another amazing and simple to use security option that is worth checking out. It also offers a quick “one-click” security option to get you going fast. It specializes in monitoring the .htaccess file (distributed configuration files) which are processed before any other code on your site so it can stop malicious behavior at the door before it even has a chance to get to the PHP coding. A bit geeky I know but it’s important! Another great feature is that it will automatically zip up and email log files so you can store and analyze them if ever needed. There are also many other notification options you can enable if you choose to, so you can always be on top of everything that is going on with your site at a moment’s notice!
And there you have it! If you’re not already doing anything to protect your sites then I suggest you get one of these right away and get going. Not only that but add it to your list of plugins to install on every new site you setup whether they are yours or your customers. They are all very easy to use and will improve your sites security tenfold!
Here’s to security! Please leave some comments and let me know how it goes!
All the best,