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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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

20 reviews
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4 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 stars
Funky & annoying but it can be forced to work
By , for WP 3.9.2

I liked "Better WordPress Security" better. I didn't have the headaches I get now. But I have figured out how not to have my email box swollen with constant Brute Force issues. Thousands of them, in fact. So we should be using this thing.

Away Mode and permanent ban of hosts is the gold that makes it possible to block the jerk-offs from Beijing, St. Petersburg, the onion routers zinging in from the middle of Siberia...etc. etc. But it's a major pain to have to always be in Away Mode. What's worst about it is I travel too much, don't always remember when I should log in to change my Away time.

But the funky work around is this--go via ftp to your plug-ins folder. It's in there, still under the same folder name titles "Better WP Security". Just rename that folder to whatever. Then you can get back into your own Dashboard whenever you need to. Then don't forget to Whitelist your IP in Settings.

Furfacksake, I wish the support form would be more robust so we can see better implementation of what's basically a good set of tools. They just need refining. There is a suggestion forum--https://trello.com/c/EDSRmJvT/41-start-here-what-to-expect-how-to-request-features--that seems to be the place where we can beg for a better set of features in the free version. I'm not spending my $ on anything till I see the basics work a lot better than this.

3 stars
Good and almost save
By , for WP 3.9.1

It's best top plugin that save our web from hacked and malware.
i recommended it to you for wordpress user.. :D
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3 stars
Bloated and causes issues
By , for WP 3.8.1

3 stars for good features, missing 2 stars for stuffing plugin with promotional stuff and breaking websites for no reason.

3 stars
Before iThemes Aquired it ...
By ,

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.

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

3 stars
Away not working
By , for WP 3.8.1

Wish i never updated as away mode just does not work.

3 stars
annoying
By , for WP 3.8.1

Widget Weaver II Login no longer works with Better WP Security Version 3.6.5, is there a way to retriev Version 3.6.4 ?

3 stars
1 big issue
By , for WP 3.8.1

Someone who wants to brute force attack your site can just use the http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php?loggedout=true and bypass the hide backend function. Since /wp-login.php?loggedout=true takes you directly to your login page and also shows the secret key as well.

Searching on google shows that the plugin authors knows of this issue for long time. And still no solution to it.

Thou its a good plugin thou. But this non functional solution to the hide backend makes me give it 3 stars. Since it creating a lot of bad login attempts from Brute Force Attacks.

3 stars
It was one of my favorite plugin
By , for WP 3.8.1

It was one of my must-installed plugin. Unfortunately, there are no free supports anymore from the developer team. You can see on the support forum, lots issues being unanswered, many serious problems still remain unsolved. And one of the disadvantage of using this plugin is it requires lots server resources which are not allowed by many shared hostings.

Fortunately, I found a better than this Better WP Security plugin.

3 stars
Bye Bye Free - Welcome Paid
By , for WP 3.7.1

With the transfer of Better WP Security source codes to iThemes, this signals an end to a free version and to a more Alacarte paid version. To bad - but it's here.

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