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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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

28 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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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 3.9.2

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.

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It says it might lock myself out. scary

sooo buggy!
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I was using the BWPS version, and reinstalled this after their change to iThemes Seciruty, but the changeover was a disaster so had to switch back to the original one again.
Once set-up, the old BWPS was really effective, but I thought I should eventually change to the more up-to-date version to keep up with the wordpress updates, so went for the iThemes again yesterday, after uninstalling the BWPS to make it an easier transition - what a nightmare! have been totally locked out and couldn't get back in without a FULL site restore - so wasted about 12 hours!
if you read the support threads, there's still loads of different bugs and errors that aren't being resolved, so I'm abandoning ship and trying a totally different one - as it couldn't be worse!
What a shame, as when it was working it was great!

watch out before activating
By , for WP 3.9.1

careful, it seems to work okay on one site, but it brought down my other site. Must be a conflict with some other plugin. If anyone knows of any let us know.

The old version of Better WP Security was rock solid - the new one...
By , for WP 3.9

The old version of Better WP Security was rock solid - the new one not so much.

Both myself and my clients are randomly being locked out. The only way to get back in is to rename the plugin folder to disable it.

Too bad. Really liked it but it's costing me time and money to work around it when it stops working.


Too many problems to keep using this.
By , for WP 3.9

Had been a long and happy user of Better WP Security until the change to iThemes. Since then frequent issues including… DB backup not working, then locks on htaccess errors, ssl being added to wp-config.php (without being activated). Attempts to disable iTS 4.0.27 before updating to 4.1.5 and all data in wp-config.php was removed bringing down the site. Had to restore the file (to get the site up) Then delete iTS and reinstall to get iTS to work again. There seems to be issues with every new update recently and way too many updates in a short time frame. Issues present on WP 3.8.1 and 3.9. Moved from a 5 star to a 2 and testing alternative security plugins. Hopefully you guys can get what “was” an excellent plugin stabilised.

Once a good plugin, now gone bad
By , for WP 3.8.3

What a pity what these iThemes people have done to this plugin since they took it over and issued version 4.x.
The first times I updated from v3 to v4 a few weeks ago, it broke my dashboard. I needed to delete the plugin via FTP. Now I gave it a second try and I could at least install it.

But now all the hundred options are on a single page. Why? You have to scroll up and down like hell, making it complicated. Why not leave them in different tabs??? What do you think tabs are for?

Even the start page of the plugin is now seven screens long and fully packed with multiple things, making you lose track of your security issues.

On the other hand, there seem to be no new features or functions. Thats why I keep version 3.x on my other WordPress sites, trying out a couple of other security plugins right now.

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