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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

Protect your WordPress site by hiding vital areas of your site, protecting access to important files, preventing brute-force login attempts, detecting


154 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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Excellent Plugin
By , for WP 3.6

After a search for good security plugins, I have settled on this, and it's a good one. Just be careful, especially with options that have warnings

great but blocked legit people from seeing our website.
By , for WP 3.5.2

3 pcs at the church and my mac at home would get blocked by what this plugin does. it seems to edit/add code to the .htaccess file which blocked legitimate users. so I had to delete for this reason.

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This simply works.

But how do I test the security with a third party?

Great, great software
By , for WP 3.5.2

Excellent software, fairly easy to use, just wish the email alerts that came were a little more detailed - never sure if it's coming from this plugin or another one since there is no labelling of the email - just looks like an email from me to me about site lockouts, etc.

Pretty much my only complaint, it's wonderful otherwise.

good security but stuffs up XML-RPC
By , for WP 3.6

been trying to access using XML-RPC, and it just won't connect. hide wp-config is unchecked, hide blog header for flickr etc is unchecked...

I can't think what else would be blocking it... I even downloaded a plugin to enable it but BWPS is still blocking it.

edit: was my stupidity, I was accessing using typical permalinks...

instead of using the full path value.

Great plugin
By , for WP 3.5.2

It's great but tweeks doesn't work in windows server :(

Great plugin except no DB is attached to email
By , for WP 3.5.1

This plugin is great except that to do a couple of major tweaks they suggest to do a database backup. I've tried that three times on two different email addresses and there is no backup file attached. Oh course I can do this manually and still run the tweaks but it would be nice if the buttons in the plugin's interface actually sent you the file.

Excellent plugin - a must have
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Excellent plugin, many options, the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars its because the login page changes but still some trolls find a way to hit it, with no luck of course! Great work! Thanks for sharing.

Great all-in-one security plugin
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Great all-in-one security plugin

Useful and informative
By , for WP 3.9.1

2014: There was a little blip of trouble when iThemes took over this plugin, but after a difficult few days, the problem was resolved. The Security plugin is performing at least as well as its predecessor. Thus my earlier comments still hold:

This plugin has been working very well. I get regular updates on changes to my site via email. I've had a flood of "new subscribers" (that is, addresses that want to log in and do mischief) on the site, and Better WP Security points them to a 404 page; end of problem.

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