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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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Very good extra security protection
By , for WP 4.1

I've used this plugin for several years now in both the free version and the premium iThemes version and it's performed very well. The peace of mind that comes from some of the features is great -- not only for me, but for my clients, too. It's very simple to use (can't say the same for some others in this category) and allows a lot of settings. You must BE CAUTIOUS when using a few of the heavy features -- never work with a site's security without a full backup handy.

Great plugin
By , for WP 4.1


nice and effective
By , for WP 4.1

watch for 404 error as they can lock out insensate users

Much improved
By , for WP 4.0.1

This is an easier plugin to use than its predecessor

good but not perfect
By , for WP 4.0

This plugin is a must have (or the concurrent one that is good too)but there are some problems. After the activation of the htaccess and sys files protection I was unable to manually modify it also disabling and/or unistalling the plugin. Isn't a big problems if you have the expertise in how to manually work with file permissions but isn't nice.
And I think that the paid version is too expensive. I suppose that with cheapers prices a lot of users will start to use the pro version.
You have to consider that to secure a wordpress server you need not only this plugin but also good mod_sec rules and also this need monthly payments or paid version of services like cloudflare. At the end of a month with all this services activated I have to pay more than the server or cloud bills.......

Powerful, but confusing
By , for WP 4.0

We've interrupted a few attempts to hack clients' sites, and have installed iThemes Security to help protect us going forward. According to the reports, the plugin has since blocked numerous hosts trying to brute force or otherwise gain admin access. So, there's very little doubt in my mind that the plugin does what it says and more.

The reason I don't give five stars: I'm first and formemost a marketer, but having set up dozens of WP sites (inc. coding my own themes and fiddling with better devs' code) since at least WP1.7, I consider myself fairly well-versed in WP ways. However, I find configuring iThemes Security unnecessarily confusing, which adds a sense of insecurity to the security.

Some UI work and Plain English documentation, especially with regards to default and suggested settings, would probably go a long way.

very nicely done
By , for WP 4.0

don't like to be given the hard sell and the nudges to upgrade and review etc. I'd do that on my own if I felt like it.

Over all it's a great tool and fair for what is provided for free.

Great plugin :)
By , for WP 4.0

Very good plugin, recommend it!

Awesome plugin
By , for WP 4.0

I always recommending this plugin and ebook. Really awesome!
The unique bad issue is the warnings that don't dissmiss even if we click in dismiss.

By ,

best plugin ever

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