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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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


176 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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Thanks for the lockout
By , for WP 3.8.1

Update left me with a 404 when trying to access my admin dashboard, effectively locking me out of my own site. As soon as I figure out what to do about this (rather major) problem, I don't believe I'll ever use this plugin again. This is beyond unacceptable.

The 2,000+ 5 star ratings are for the pre-iThemes plugin
By , for WP 3.8.1

Just a little truth in advertising: the overwhelming number of 5 star ratings are for Chris' original Better WP Security plugin prior to its becoming iThemes Security.

From what I can see at this writing, there is only one 5-star rating for iTSec; all the rest are 1-star.

It WAS good - turned into crap.
By , for WP 3.8.1

It was a perfectly good plugin until ithemes screwed around and fucked it up. Now some of my other plugins don't work anymore and I am locked out from one of my sites. Good work!

Lockout me on our sites
By , for WP 3.8.1

Is there a safer way to uninstall the plugin without

Update broke my site
By , for WP 3.8.1

The plug-in broke my site and would not allow me to access my dashboard. I eventually had to remove from my FTP file all together. Also, the developer has been completely unresponsive.

(On Windows Server)

Causes Google Penalty
By , for WP 4.1.1

Just a word of caution to plugin users.
The plugin has a habit of blocking Googlebot and returns excessive errors in Webmaster Tools which resulted in my first page rank being completely removed and now the site no longer appears in SERPS.
For those who rely on Google rankings to generate revenue, this plugin could destroy any chance you have unless the developers come up with something that will not get in the way of crawlers.
PS, I allow the bots to crawl everything so it's not the Robots txt file but what iThemes writes to the htacess file.

Developers, you need to fix this or come up with something that remedies this problem because it damages websites in Google.

Locked out of my dashboard after every update.
By , for WP 3.8.1

Getting locked out of my Dashboard after every time I would update the plugin started getting really old. I am torn whether I will keep this update. If I do, I will likely never update it again.

Tired of this ALWAYS breaking my site.

I am running the latest version of WordPress with the default Twenty Fourteen theme - exactly - all standard stuff.

Latest update locked me out
By , for WP 3.8.1

I ended up deleting this plugin after getting the iTheme update. Got locked out of my site, couldn't access the login page. I had to change the plugin file name and delete the plugin.

Crash and Burn
By , for WP 3.8.1

After Better WP Security being bomb proof this was the last place I looked to solve my (MANY) troubles over the last couple days.


Used to be a good plugin until iThemes took over.
By , for WP 3.8.1

They seem to have decided it would be a good idea to completely rewrite everything and release it without extensively testing it. Now they are on a cycle of almost daily updates trying to fix bugs. They may get it working sometime in the future. But for now stick to the older version.


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