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  • There are so many security plugins available on the repository and elsewhere, many of which perform the same functions, that it gets very confusing to know what are the best ones to use.

    Can anyone recommend a good plugin, or combination of plugins, that can be used, not just to secure/harden a site but also to block malicious code injections and other hacking attempts?

    Plugins that I believe are effective against such attacks are:
    Bulletproof Security

    but how do these compare against the new players such as All In One WP Security & Firewall? What about plugins like Better WP Security?

    Unlike most plugins, there is no way to know how good they are unless they fail and allow a site to be compromised. Even then it is usually difficult if not impossible to know how a site was hacked or infected.

    Having implemented all the usual hardening techniques, e.g., avoiding using admin as the username, changing the default database prefix, etc, I am looking for recommendations for a comprehensive security plugin strategy.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

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  • I love Better WP Security and use it for must of my sites its a very comprehensive solution but also easy to setup.

    Have you reviewed Hardening_WordPress?

    Thread Starter benz1


    Thank you, have reviewed Hardening WordPress which is a good article, was just lookig for suggestions on plugins. Better WP Security appears to be one of the better ones.




    There’s a new one… WordPress Simple Firewall:

    It has the following features:
    – Plugin self-protection. This security plugin provides protection against its own mis-use. 🙂
    – WordPress heuristic firewall
    – WordPress Login protection: 2-factor authentication, GASP login screen protection, and Login Cooldown (all these prevent any form of brute force attack)
    – Enhanced GASP Comment SPAM filtering.
    – WordPress Lockdown: features to lock down your WordPress site from visitors.

    The plugin is only about 1 month old and has 4000+ download and full 5* rating.



    “Best” is in the eye of the user, but these are two of my favorites:

    There’s a new one… WordPress Simple Firewall:

    Taking a look…

    Better WP Security has become iThemes Security, and is now completely broken. I’ve been locked out of my site (thank God I didn’t install it on any customer sites!), I’ve received numerous 404 errors (and been locked out again) and have hit all kinds of 403 errors.

    Whitelisting IPs no longer works, and it’s hard to say whether the plug-in works at all, since all it seems to want to do is lock the administrator out of the site.

    There is no way to delete old logs, there is no easy way to unlock your website, and the push from iThemes now seems to be “look at our new interface – buy support” rather than on making the product actually work before it was released to the public.

    Until iThemes fixes Better WP Security, I cannot recommend it.

    I LOVE Wordfence, but it is not compatible with a digital commerce plugin that we use with PayPal. Not sure what security to use now as Wordfence will not allow IPN’s from PayPal to process. Changing the security plugin is going to be less difficult than changing the store-front/payment gateway, but I hate taking it down. Any suggestions for a security plugin that will work well with PayPal would be appreciated!

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