The ratio of websites running on CMS’s can be assumed to be more than the custom designed sites built from scratch. Quite understandably, there are more number of users using WordPress than any other CMS, hence it becomes crucial to have enhanced security measures for your site. Due to a large volume of users using WordPress as a platform, an increasing number of hackers and fraudsters try to compromise the security of such sites. In majority of the instances sites running on WordPress are compromised due to outdated files and/or plug-ins. Such outdated versions of the associated scripts act as an easy meal for fraudsters.
So what measures should an individual adopt to keep a WordPress installation safe and secure from being compromised ?
Primarily, it is crucial to have a latest version of WordPress. In-addition, there are couple of useful WordPress plug-ins that can help you safeguard your website hosted on an affordable web hosting server.
Top List of WordPress Plugins For Enhanced Security
Average Rating : 4.5 || Total Downloads : 143,241
This plugin in particular has been considered to be one of the reliable security plug-ins for WordPress. It helps in protecting a WordPress based site against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts. Moreover, it offers a single click .htaccess WordPress security protection.
The files that are protected with this plugin are wp-config.php, bb-config.php, php.ini, php5.ini, install.php and readme.html with .htaccess security protection. Moreover, it holds the capability to check DB errors off, file and folder permissions check.
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 3,844
The plugin is claimed to offer protection against the SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Directory traversals, Remote file inclusion, including the one’s listed in OWASP Top Ten security vulnerabilities.
It has been developed in a way that there is no adverse effect on the site’s performance.
Ultimate Security Checker
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 35,851
This too similar to couple of other plugins seems to be quite appreciated by users. It a common scenario where a hacker manages to get access to the WordPress installations and delete the data it contains. The Ultimate Security Checker is capable of identifying security issues on your site. It scans the installation for known vulnerabilities and grades it accordingly. It suggests the vulnerabilities which you may either fix on your own or do it automatically.
Better WP Security
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 41,417
The plugin ensures that multiple security holes are patched without the need to bother about conflicting features. It comes with a built-in feature that bans troublesome bots, switches off the ability to login for a given time period, bans the users trying to login too many times with incorrect information and more importantly it enforces strong passwords for all accounts.
WP Plugin Security Check
Average Rating : 5 || Total Downloads : 4,168
It may at-times happen that due to an outdated security plugin a hacker manages to breach in, this plugin searches for plugins for bad practices and possible security holes limiting the risk of a compromised website.
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 611,889
This plugin removes the error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version (except from the admin area) hides the plugin-update information for non-admins, it blocks any bad queries that pose harm to your WordPress installation.
WP DB Backup
Average Rating : 4 || Total Downloads : 1,238,595
We all are aware about the importance of website backup, this plugin allow users backup the core WordPress database tables with minimum clicks. Looking at the number of downloads one can imagine its popularity amongst webmasters.
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