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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


179 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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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.


Broke Most of My Sites
By , for WP 3.8.1

This is the second time an update got most of my sites offline... i cant trust this plugin anymore, shabby programing, also im not too found of the large banners everywhere and slow plugin.

makes BLUEHOST crash
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Do not install this. I even talked to Bluehost support regarding this issue. It was causing my WordPress hosted on Bluehost to crash multiple times a day. This was causing my Bluehost server to throttle a whole lot, resulting in "jailig" my server in Bluehost temporarily.

DO NOT INSTALL if you have Bluehost. I'm not sure about other hosts.

This is the worst security plugin of all time
By , for WP 3.8.1

Do not use this plugin. I was locked out of my WP dashboard for two days until I figured out it had caused havoc with my .htaccess file. Once I replaced the file, I was finally able to get back in.

Way too much trouble.
By , for WP 3.8.1

updates tend to crash my site or lose all my events. no response from authors on how to fix.

This plugin can cause major server load issues
By , for WP 3.8.1

I had blind faith in this plugin but we recently -after months running into huge, very huge server loads- discovered that WP better Security caused all these loads and complete dedicated server downtime (!!!) ... A BIG BUG/ISSUE!

It seems that this is caused by the filecheck php file:
PHP Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in ..../wp-content/plugins/better-wp-security/inc/filecheck.php on line 55

Not sure yet but it may also have to do with some setting, I have other sites where there are no problems yet.

Server Overload and Crash
By , for WP 3.8.1

I've been using Better Security for months and loved it. I have it installed on multiple sites.

Two days ago my client's server crashed on a very important day when she was launching a product and had a high-profile google hangout. This day would have brought a lot of new traffic to her website. Instead, there was zero traffic because Better Security overloaded and crashed the godaddy server.

I nearly lost my job because this plugin.

Please do not install, it's not worth it. Also, it doesn't clean up after itself so you are stuck with a permanently altered website.

Ruined my site
By , for WP 3.8

Completely ruined my site, even uninstalling wouldn't get it back, had to restore everything from backup.

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