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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

Take the guesswork out of WordPress security. iThemes Security offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress in an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.

33 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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crashed our sites & feedback on uninstall experience
By , for WP 4.5.3

We were using the pro version of this plugin, which overreacted on 404 errors and blocked google from crawling our site, creating thousands of 403 errors and taking us out of google search for several days.

We also noticed soon after de-installing that wp config file permissions were changed to 644. If that's a feature of the current plugin version upon turning it off it's irresponsible. DB tables for the plugin also remain, requiring manual steps.

Last version is a very bad downgrade!
By , for WP 4.5.3

This plugin has been a must have for a very long time, BUT since latest updates, the iThemes team changed all the interface and did something conmplicated, difficulte to read and difficult to configure because you have to move from screen to screen when you had in prtevious versions a fast scroll down menu and one shoot screen for all configurations.
This is really weird...
Time to test other security plugins alas!

Almost...
By , for WP 4.3.1

Great security features, only the one I absolutely wanted the most (changing the name of the login page) worked for a few days, then I couldn't even view the page. It kept redirecting to the login page. Clearing cache, every browser I could think of, nothing worked. After hours of combing through forums and finding no solution besides editing your database, I ultimately had to log into my FTP and delete the plugin. I don't feel you should have to edit the back end of a security plugin to make it work....kind of defeats the purpose.

Good concept, bad implementation
By , for WP 4.3

The concept of the plugin is good; but it contains a lot of errors and the support is bad.
It will not break your site and it will add some protection, but don't expect everthing to work as it should work

İt works perfect expect the backups
By , for WP 4.1.2

Although my setup was a backup with email and not scheduled. It kept on having backups every 5 minutes till the server ran out of space.

It also caused the "out of memmory effect" I had 72 / 4.000.000++ memory...

Still now it is out, I can not even choose a better security plugin.

Sincerely,

Levent

Seems to work and then does not work
By , for WP 4.1

I am using this in conjunction with another security plugin because quite frankly this plugin seems to be real buggy lately. Its not saving changes and reporting problems where there is no problem!

My site got hacked
By , for WP 4.1

This is not a full security plugin for hack prevention. This is a toy plugin to make you have a false sense of security. I do not recommend it. I've had two sites with iThemes get hacked in the last 4 months. I will no longer use it.

If you have a e-commerce website that gets any real traffic and you are concerned with hack prevention, either pay for Pro (not recommended) or get a security professional to do security for your site.

Recovering from a hack IS NOT FUN for the average WordPress user or even pro user. Please be careful and do regular backups!

I preferred WP Better Security
By , for WP 3.9.2

Worked fluently before, now we have some issues with somes installs and i personnaly don't like the omnipresent promotion to buy Premium plugin. I recommande Wordfence instead. (we used to use a combo Wordfence + WP Better Security)

Breaks pages
By , for WP 4.1

This plugin and its former version both have led to site breakdown on several of my WP-sites. I had to completely rebuild 3 pages because they were no longer accessable. Even re-importing of an earlier database version didn't help, as couldn't the complete deletion of the plugin via ftp.

Scary
By ,

It says it might lock myself out. scary

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