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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

The easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress in seconds.


2509 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
3 stars
Before iThemes Aquired it ...
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iThemes purchased a Better WP Security ... all well and good. Before iThemes accepted responsibility for this plugin, it was, in fact the best, most well thought out security plugin I'd ever seen.

It remains to be seen if the new owners are up to maintaining the quality of the code ... so far, there are problems ... we'll see if they get them fixed, but being locked out of the back end was pretty infuriating.

5 stars
Love this plugin
By , for WP 3.8.1

I like the fact that it integrates with InfiniteWP. Upgrades went fine, so don't know about all the problems others had with it.

I have 30 sites that use it and love the security it gives me.

This also replaces 3 plugins that I had to use to do what this does as one plugin

5 stars
Works fine for me as a fresh install
By , for WP 3.8.1

Works for me. Didn't break my site. Didn't upgrade. Installed it as a new plugin after leaving a different security plugin.

2 stars
New upgrade is the ultimate security!
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It will lock out all admins and every visitor. Nice job iThemes! Nobody can hack my site now!

5 stars
Really good security
By , for WP 3.8.2

The latest version works great 4.0.21, previous upgrade bugs have been fixed.
I will now happily upgrade my sites from Better WP Security to Ithemes Security without getting locked out of my site.
Disable better WP before upgrading and it works smoothly.
This plugin offers a lot of security, the one click secure is super easy to use.
It is now a really good plugin, I have successfully upgraded several sites from Better WP without getting locked out :)

1 star
You guys totally blew it, do not upgrade!
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better wp security was a great plug in now it just sux! I cannot believe that you took something easy to use and totally destroyed it. I am now running bullet proof security on my websites. Which is unfortunate because this used to be the best. It is also distressing that now to get support you have to upgrade to a paid version. Major Fail iTheme security!

1 star
Don't use. You'll get adverts and locked out of your own site
By , for WP 3.8.1

Make sure you read the more recent reviews and ignore the 2,000+ reviews from before the plugin was renamed/purchased.

I've used this plug-in for a few years and a commercial WP theme/plugin company just hired the developer and bought the plug-in code. While it might be good that the plug-in will get support and updates, the annoying skyscraper advertisements for the new commercial owners are highly annoying and intrusive. Taking up a vertical 1/3 of the plugin admin pages means the existing admin forms are just squeezed into 2/3s of their original design. Hopefully, they'll rethink taking up so much page space on the admin pages, redesign the admin pages to fit with the new 1/3 page of ad space, or provide an opt-out check box to hide the adverts.

Either way, I'm currently researching alternative plugins just in case this plugin goes quickly downhill with the plugin's new overlords.

Previously ranked 4/5, but now drops to 1/5 due to annoying advertisements in plugin admin pages and being locked out of my own web site. See forums for details

1 star
Upgrading to 4.02 was a disaster
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I don't like writing bad reviews.. 3 days ago I would give this plugin 5 stars without any hesitation. Unfortunately, upgrading to 4.02 and then 4.05 broke the checkout functionality in my web store which resulted in lost sales and no clear solution in sight. Definitely a rushed update with insufficient testing.

1 star
Was ok, now a disaster.
By , for WP 3.8.1

iThemes version is a disaster, don't touch with a bargepole.

Now locked out of all my sites and will have to manually remove everything. Thanks.

3 stars
Update successfull
By , for WP 3.8.1

seems 4.0.7 fixed most of the issues from the 4.0.5 ...

3 stars for all the mess with 4.0.5

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