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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


148 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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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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It's simple and clear, gives plenty of information.

Great plugin!
By , for WP 3.5.1

I am looking forward to the GitHub Issues.
The username based banning and the rate limiting would be great.

Pretty cool, but file monitoring frustrating
By , for WP 3.5.1

Monitoring for changed files was a key reason I chose this plugin over other similar. However, I can never tell what was part of a normal WP Update. When I do the update, there is no immediate notice about changed files. I log in the next time, and there's the notice. I have to remember if the time stamp matches when I ran the update. If someone else runs the update, well that's more difficult to reconcile. This makes that feature of little practical use to me.

I Like The Plugin
By , for WP 3.5.1

The plugin works great. I rated it a 4 because a lot of my other features stopped working. I still would recommend this plugin, because it works and you don't have to worry about hackers.

Improved security with a few clics
By , for WP 3.5.1

Back in March 2013 a massive brute force attack brought me to enforce my customer WordPress installs, I found a great tool in this plugin, which guards those topic entry points for the casual and probably even strong intrusion effort (depending on install settings and hosting server safety).
I found particularly nice to receive notifications about file changes, deletions, etc.
After all I am using it as well even in my own SEO website.
Thanks for offering this to our WP Community! This one lives in my "basic install" pack.

i love this plugin
By , for WP 3.8

im usin this plugin on all of my websites :) and i really feel safe about them :)

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