The plugin has a very complicated admin panel, it's very complicated to set up and configure correctly, throws back hundreds of notifications that are a nightmare to keep track of or even disable... but it is very powerful. If you need a top notch security for a big project than go with BPS. If you just want to secure a simple site than working with this plugin will be a pain and you will be far better off with any of the competitors.
Bulletproof Security is exceptional. It keeps all the nasties out. However, it is not very user friendly and does give a large number of confusing messages once installed. I recommend you do install it - but just be aware that you will almost certainly need to contact support and/or search the blogs to get everything working correctly. The support is excellent.
My web host uses a heavily customized version of Apache 1.3, which does not support the latest iteration of BPS but leads to 500 Server Error failure if installed.
After posting a one-star review here, I was promptly directed to a workaround that seems to fix the problem. The post is here: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/500-error-when-updating-to-531?replies=10#post-7783030
So I'm upping the rating to 4 stars because the product does have value for WordPress sites. I'm docking one star from a 5 star rating for the hassle I had to go through to get my site working again.
this is the best.
This has worked pretty well so far.
However, it wiped out my IP Address Deny Manager. There is not one single IP address left.
Would like to block the hacker ips, so far cannot.
I like the software but I maintain dozens of blogs and I am so over having to click on up to four "dismiss notice" links nagging me at the top of the interface after updates. Please pop up your notices on a single modal window like many other modern plugins which will allow me to close the notice and get on with my life :)
I use BPS on practically all my websites that use Apache (BPS doesn't work under nginx), mostly as a preventive measure: none of them was ever hacked. But there is always a first time, and, to avoid that "first time", I make sure that BPS does it job. So far, so good!
BPS is a little tricky to configure. It has many options and requires several steps to complete the initial installation; after each upgrade, it requires a manual "reset" (easy to do) to make sure that all files are properly in place. It's also a bit tricky to make sure that it plays nicely with other plugins which might reconfigure .htaccess (like most cacheing plugins). Its interface departs completely from the usual WordPress UI standards and looks a bit anachronistic. Those are the only reasons for giving it just 4 out of 5 stars; at the core, what it does — protecting your website from intrusion — it does beautifully, and without any loss of performance.
As WordPress increases in popularity, and in spite of its already many built-in security features, hackers become increasingly more persistent in finding ways through WordPress's standard security. BPS is a welcome addition that will keep hackers away, as long as it is properly installed and maintained.
According to the log files, I need this plug in.
According to the plugin files, I have no clue what anything is, does, or needs to happen.
I wish the developers could write at least one version of their instructions that WP "beginners" could understand.
I wish that updating the plugin didn't set me back to zero so I have to fight with this problem every time they update.
Does a good job.
After upgrading it blew away my .htaccess file in my public_html folder. In my case I would have preferred to have done an uninstall then a fresh install.
"50,000 customers can't be wrong!" It just didn't work for us.
Tech support was good, though. Except support incorrectly told me my site's been down for a week (it wasn't, he was looking at a corrupt Google cache file), and a moderator challenged me on the fact that my install failed.
Based on a previous version's log file, our site is getting hammered with all sorts of bad guys. So I guess it's doing its job.
I'm a bit of a novice though so I guess everyone including me was having a bad day.
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