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Too many security plugins?

  • I’ve had some issues with my sites being hacked and as a result have installed all these plugins:

    I also have some specific-use plugins like Login LockDown installed.

    My question isn’t so much if these plugins will play well together, but if they’re redundant. My WordPress sites are bogged down by too many plugins running, and I’d like to work toward minimizing how many I need. Do all three of the above need to be running concurrently? Some of them appear to have functions that make permanent changes (such as creating index.php files where needed); can those plugins be disabled after this initial setup?

    -Ken

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  • Do all three of the above need to be running concurrently?

    I do not have experience with those specific plugins, but I know my own htaccess files remain in place even if the plugin that wrote them is deactivated.

    Some of them appear to have functions that make permanent changes (such as creating index.php files where needed); can those plugins be disabled after this initial setup?

    Some plugins leave things behind and some do not, and I would suspect those kinds of things would remain in place. However, having a plugin activated does not necessarily mean it is putting any actual demand on the server while just sitting there between the times you might tell it to actually do something.

    I think you only need some plugin to secure your site by editing .htaccess file and a firewall. Some of these plugins are similar and doing the same work so its not needed to have them all together specially if you are not sure about probable conflicts between them.

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