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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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


3068 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
False Sense of Security
By , for WP 3.8.2

This plugin gives the impression of security, but shortly after installing it on two web sites, those web sites were hacked - hackers placed a big banner all across my sites saying I'd been hacked. This plugin DID NOTHING to protect our sites from a brute force entry - even though I got "green" on every bit of their "list".

Now, after updating the plugin from Better WP Security to iThemes Security, I get this error message and no access to admin:
"Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 41943040 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 30720 bytes) in /home/username/public_html/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php on line 529"

The only way to regain access to admin is to delete the plugin folder using ftp client. I'm probably better off without this plugin anyway.

DO NOT RUN THE UPDATE!!! Broke all my sites
By , for WP 3.8.1

The Better WP Security version was AWESOME!! missing a tiny feature or two.

The iThemes is TOTALLY CRAP!
It has destroyed EVERY site that was updated on multiple servers.

DO NOT RUN THE UPDATE ...or accept your risk.

I had to rename the plugin folder to get each blog working again.
...not to mention, after running the update, it causes FireFox to consume all my system resources, forcing me to complete reboot my PC just to get it usable again.

By , for WP 3.8.1

its awesome ..it increases the sites security dramatically....

Upgrade broke my sites
By , for WP 3.8.1

I had Better WP Security installed on two of my websites. After the "upgrade" to iThemes Security, I do not have access to the admin sections of my websites. The admin login page cannot be found, and the sites did NOT revert to the default login URLs.

I loved the program before the "update" and I may still like it after the update, but I have no way of knowing since I cannot log into my sites any longer. I'm hoping someone will be able to give me a solution soon. My next step will be to revert my sites to a backup and uninstall this plug-in.

By , for WP 3.8.1

this plugin basically ruined my 3 days. After update is stopped working and blocked access to standard wp-admin and custom url. Nothing short of simply manually deleting works.

I am using newest WooCommerce version and this plugin is simply crap.

Warning for this plugin
By , for WP 3.8.1

version of iTheme security 4.0.8
This plugin have crasched many of my websites by preventing me to access them because of faulty redirects.
One site was forced to reinstall everything on to fix it. Today I discovered that one of my other sites stoped working because of the problem with to many or faulty redirects.

I have used Better WP security before and that have worked without any problem.

So use it by your own risk.

Rough spot but I like it
By ,

Unlike others here I saw and actually read all the communications you guys put out before the 4.0 launch and waited to update until today (its free, extremely complicated, and very popular, even the best launch wouldn't have been bug free).

It is working great for me and it looks like you've successfully gotten past your launch issues. I don't know how many got your beta, I saw it pushed here for at least a month, next time I might suggest releasing a separate, beta version, of the plugin as it's own stand alone testing platform as clearly not enough people gave you any real feedback but you did push it. I saw it here and other forums so don't take whiny people personally. You guys did your testing and you've pushed through the issues, this isn't a filter plugin, issues aren't going to be small but in less than 2 weeks it looks like you're on track (look at the big caching plugins, some of those kill sites for weeks)

Nice job. Now get me some new features

It works. Very neat package.
By , for WP 3.6

It works very nicely. Everything all in one neat package. Easy to use for a slightly technical user.

a cool plugin
By , for WP 3.8.1

This a cool plugin for my web security. Its simple and fun. thanks for Better WP Security... nice :-)

Don't know what all the hate is about!
By , for WP 3.8.1

I was very hesitant to install this after seeing all the negative reviews. But I gave it a shot and I'm glad I did. I had ZERO issues. It worked just as I expected it to. I was able to use it to secure all different aspects of my site! It did not lock me out as others have reported. I recommend this plugin.

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