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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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

18 reviews
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4 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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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
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.

3 stars
Good plugin but, can be difficult to use
By , for WP 3.8

It can be difficult to understand and use if you are new to WordPress and coding. Once it is configured it works great. Though if you have any difficulties better or more support is desired.

For a beginner like me the troubleshooting documentation is lacking. Having conflicts with the hide backend feature and site registration. Most of the support or suggestions I have found have been to disable this feature. If this feature breaks registration then why include it or try and find a way to fix it.

All other features I love and works great. I would rate 5 stars if it wasn't for the problem and little support.

3 stars
Too many .htaccess rules for me
By , for WP 3.6.1

The authors of the plugin have good intentions and the overall concept of the plugin is good -- some good security ideas.

But the massive .htaccess fill this plugin will generate just isn't worth it to me; there are other security plugins I'd rather use.

Too many .htaccess rules inevitably slow down your website; I don't care what gtmetrix, page insights, pingdom, etc. say ...

The idea behind the plugin is good and many of the features were good and offer great ideas; to me, the massive .htaccess file it creates isn't worth it.

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