With more and more people starting to use WordPress, it would only be logical to say that hackers are doing the same. Well, they are using it, but only in a different way.
While Wodpress is constantly being updated to whitstand almost any attack, there is always a probability that something unexpected could happen someday. Although it is unlikely, you can never be too sure. Even antivirus software cannot guarantee to completely protect your computer from viruses, because hackers find ways to develop new techniques to bypass their security. The same thing applies to WordPress.
Luckily, WordPress has some nice plugins that do exactly what you want them to – to protect your installation along with all databases and data.
WordPress Plugin Directory has many security plugins, but only very few are updated on a regular basis. Outdated plugins can compromise security and for this reason you should use them with caution. However, the list below includes plugins which have been recently updated and will help you to drive hackers away.
Also, you should definitely use a backup solution to rest assured that your data stays safe.
WebsiteDefender has a very wide feature set and it will determine weak spots in your WordPress installation. Finding weak passwords, securing file permissions, and hiding the version of current WordPress installation are just a few ways WebsiteDefender can help you against viruses and malware. There are many more great features, so feel free to go to their website and check them! And by the way, this plugin is free!
BulletProof Security is a comprehensive WordPress security solution. It will protect your website against many hacking methods. The huge list of features makes the BulletProof Security WordPress plugin one of the best solutions for your installation.
3. Login Lock
Login Lock is a very powerful plugin that enforces strong password policies, provides emergency lockdown features, monitors login attempts, blocks hacker IP addresses, and logs out idle users.
I really like how emergency lockdown works. Basically, if your site has been hacked then probably all you want is to make sure the intruder is forced to logout and is no longer able to log back in to your site.
A very handy plugin for monitoring files under your WP installation for changes. When a change occurs, WordPress File Monitor Plus will notify about added/deleted/changed files via email.
Plugin which will help you to identify security problems with WordPress installation. It scans your blog and gives a security grade based on passed tests.