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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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


171 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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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.

does not react to change settings
By , for WP 3.8.1

I tried in conjunction with BuddyPress and bb press. It seems as if half of the options do not work

Crashed my site
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After using it for some time, the plugin crashed my site

Totally locked out
By , for WP 3.8

Never transfer a domain while having Better WP Security activated. The plugin will lock you out completely and everything will be down without you having any chance of access. Simply deleting it on the server wont help because it holds htaccess as a hostage. No matter how good this plugin does its job - things like this should NEVER happen!

Broke my website after making change to fix issue
By , for WP 3.8

After making one small change I suddenly was unable to access wp or my website - requiring urgent tech support. First thing will do is delete this plug-in once I am up and running.

so much for security-someone hacked site and used this plugin to send out spam!
By , for WP 3.8

So much for better wp security !!!

Removed this immediately, installed wordfence.

Here's a portion of the email my host sent me. (I've xed out private info)but you guys can get the gist.

Technical details we have relating to this spam incident are as follows:

Time: Mon Dec 16 05:24:13 2013 -0800
Path: '/home/xxxx/public_html/xxx.com/wp-content/plugins/better-wp-security'
Count: 1201 emails sent

Messed up my whole site!
By , for WP 3.8

This is a very dangerous plugin and is NOT for regular users. It looks as if configuring is "easy".

I thought so too and it messed up my site, even restore function does not work, as well as other suggestions in the forum (renaming directory etc.).

Reader, please be careful.
When in doubt do not install.

Very dangerous plugin
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This plugin can corrupt your files, corrupt settings of PHP and Apache. After deactivating it can make wp-config.php zero size. Don't use this plugin.

By , for WP 3.7.1

This pile of rubbish locked me out of my website. Do not use this!!

Beware: Locked Me Out of My Site
By , for WP 3.6.1

I installed BWPS two days ago and have been locked out ever since. The only way the developer will help is if I pay him $39 to repair the damage his corrupt product caused. That's a good way to build a bad reputation--don't stand behind your product. You can bet this will keep me from ever purchasing a premium plugin from this developer.

About 6 different agents from my hosting company have tried to undo the damage by phone, logging in about 12 hours altogether. Still nothing. I've sent them a support ticket in hopes that they will ultimately find a fix--or else I'll have to fork over the $39 and keep my fingers crossed.


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