Some security tools are included with Jetpack as well, making it an appealing plugin for those who want to save money and rely on a reputable solution. For instance, the Protect module is free and it blocks suspicious activity from happening. Brute force attack protection and whitelisting is also supported by the basic security functionality from Jetpack.
That said, the paid versions of Jetpack are more powerful when it comes to security. For instance, the $99 per year plan includes malware scanning, scheduled website backups, and restoration if anything goes wrong. Furthermore, the $299 per year plan offers on-demand malware scans and real-time backups for the ultimate protection.
If you want a security plugin that has a great UI and easy to use interface, SecuPress is definitely the plugin to go with. The free version features anti-brute force login, blocked IPs, and a firewall. It also includes protection of your security keys as well as blocks visits from bad bots (which you usually have to pay for in other security plugins).
If you want even more features, their premium versions starts at $59 a year per site and includes additional features such as alerts and notifications, two-factor authentication, GeoIP blocking, PHP malware scans, and PDF reports.
Best Features of SecuPress
- The UI in SecuPress is probably one of the best! This makes it very easy to use, even for beginners.
- The premium version definitely adds a lot of value. Check 35 security points in 5 minutes, get a nice report, and then harden your WordPress site.
- It includes the ability to change your WordPress login URL so bots can’t find it.
- Helps you detect themes and plugins that are vulnerable or that have been tampered with to include malicious code.
8. BulletProof Security
The BulletProof Security plugin has both free and premium versions. The paid option sells for a one-time payment of $69.95 and is actively developed, updated, and probably contains more features than most of the other security plugins on the market. They provide a 30-day money back guarantee, and you receive features for quarantines, email alerting, anti-spam, auto-restore, and more.
I’d suggest you try out the free plugin first, since it offers the following tools:
- Login security and monitoring.
- Database backups and restoring.
- MScan Malware Scanner.
- Anti-spam and anti-hacking tools.
- A security log.
- Hidden plugin folders.
- Maintenance mode.
- A full setup wizard.
It’s not the most user-friendly WordPress security plugin, but it does the job for advanced developers who want to take advantage of unique settings and features like the anti-exploit guard and the online Base64 decoder. It also has a setup wizard auto-fix feature to help make it a little easier.
Best Features of BulletProof Security
- It has some of the most unique advanced security tools on the market, with features like BPS Pro ARQ Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (ARQ IDPS) encrypting solutions, as well as scheduled crons, cURL scans, folder locking, and more.
- The free version is packed with enough features for the average website.
- The database backups are provided in the free version.
- You can hide individual plugin folders.
- The maintenance mode functionality is not something you would find in most other security plugins.
It’s important not to forget VaultPress, since it works similar to plugins like iThemes Security Pro and Sucuri Scanner. You need to pay in order to get any type of protection, but the plans start at only $39 per year, making it one of the more affordable premium security plugins. The website states that this plan is more for small businesses and bloggers, but you also have the option to upgrade to a more powerful plan for either $99 per year or $299 per year.
The daily and real-time backups are the bread and butter of the operation, with a beautiful calendar view for specifying when you’d like to complete your backups. You can also complete site restores with a quick click of the mouse. What’s more is that the restore files are logged in the dashboard, and several of them are stored so that you can choose which one you want. The best part of VaultPress in regards to backups is that they are incremental. This is great for performance.
The primary security tools monitor suspicious activity on your website, with tabs for viewing your history and seeing which threats have been dealt with or ignored. You can also check out stats and manage your entire security detail from the convenience of a clean dashboard.
Best Features of VaultPress
- The pricing is better than most other premium WordPress security plugins.
- The dashboard looks cleans and easy to understand for all users.
- You can make real-time or manual backups using a calendar.
- The stats tab reveals information on the most popular visiting times on your site, while also showing what threats have occurred during those times.
- You can contact the experts from VaultPress to help you out with tasks like site restores and backups.
If you would like to learn more about the best-rated backup plugins take a look at our other guide: 4 Best Incremental WordPress Backup Plugins (Save Space and Speed)
10. Google Authenticator – Two Factor Authentication
The majority of plugins that have individual security features don’t make much sense to install. The reason for this is because you can typically go with a plugin like iThemes Security Pro and get that one feature along with dozens of other ones. However, two-factor authentication is a different story, since it seems like most security suites don’t include it. Therefore, it might make sense to harden your login security with a plugin like this.
The Google Authenticator plugin adds a second layer of security to your login module, which is rather important since the majority of hacking attempts happen with the login. In addition to your regular password, this plugin either sends a push notification to your phone or some other form of authentication such as using a QR code or asking a security question.
This way, your login becomes far less penetrable since the second layer is most likely something that only you know or have on your person (like your phone).
This WordPress security plugin doesn’t require any payment, and the interface is easy enough to understand. Besides choosing the type of authentication, another cool feature lets you specify which type of user role should have to go through the authentication. So, you can allow admins to get in easier, but you might ask that authors or other users go through the two-factor process.
The only problem is that the two-factor authentication makes it rather difficult to log in to your backend with a mobile device.
Best Features of Google Authenticator
- It nearly eliminates the vulnerability that is your login area.
- You can choose which two-factor authentication method is the easiest for you.
- You can select which user types need to go through the authentication process.
- The plugin has a shortcode for using with custom login pages.
11. Security Ninja
Security Ninja has been around for over seven years. Starting out as one of the first security plugins sold on CodeCanyon (with four add-ons available) it moved to a freemium model in 2016. Add-ons were ditched in favor of having just two versions – free and premium. The main module (which is the only one available for free) performs over 50 security tests ranging from checking files and MySQL permissions to various PHP settings.
Security Ninja also does a brute force check of all user passwords to weed out accounts with weak passwords such as “12345” or “password”. This helps educates users on security. It does include an auto fixer module, but for those who want to understand what’s going on, there’s a detailed explanation of every test including code to manually fix the security issue. If you don’t like plugins messing with your site, Security Ninja offers a nice alternative to the usual “just click here to fix it” approach. Other modules in the paid version, start at $29 a year per site.
Best Features of Security Ninja
- The security tester module (available in the free version) performs over 50 security tests across your site.
- Not tech-savvy? No problem, the auto fixer module can resolve any issues detected.
- Scan WordPress core to ensure the integrity of the core files by comparing them to a secure and latest copy from wordpress.org.
- Scan plugins and themes in search for suspicious code and malware.
- Take advantage of a huge list of known bad IPs and automatically block them.
- Log all events that are happening on your WordPress site, from users logging in to settings being changed.
- You can schedule regular scans.
Defender is layered WordPress security made easy, like stupid, simple. The free and pro version both start with a list of the most effective hardening technics for instantly upgrading your WordPress security.
You can run free scans that check WordPress for suspicious code. The Defender scan tool compares your WordPress install with the directory, reports changes and lets you restore the original file with a click. They also offer a pro version which includes cloud backups with 10 GB remote storage, audit logs for monitoring changes, automated security scans, and blacklist monitoring. Their experts will even help you clean up a hacked site.
Best Features of Defender
- Google 2-Step Verification.
- WordPress core file scanning and repair.
- Login Screen Masking.
- IP Blacklist manager and logging.
- Unlimited file scans.
- Timed Lockout brute force attack shield for login protection.
- 404 limiter for blocking vulnerability scans.
- IP lockout notifications and reports.
13. Astra Web Security
Astra Web Security is a go-to ‘security suite’ for your WordPress site. With Astra you don’t have to worry about malware, SQLi, XSS, comments spam, brute force, and 100+ threats, which means you can get rid of other security plugins & let Astra take care of it all. Astra’s super intuitive dashboard doesn’t come with a hundred buttons that make you feel like you’re a pilot in a cockpit!
Many prestigious brands like Gillette, African Union, Ford, and Oman Airways use Astra security solution. Their pricing starts from $9/m and they offer flat 20% off if the plan is billed annually. Overall, Astra can be a good investment if you’re planning to spend money on your website’s security.
Best Features of Astra Web Security
- Astra security solution is installed as a WordPress plugin & there is no need to change DNS settings.
- They offer immediate malware cleanup, a rock-solid firewall which stops attacks like SQLi, XSS, Code Injection, Bad Bots, Brute force, SEO spam, and other 100+ cyber attacks.
- Complete security audit including the business error logic for your WordPress website.
- Intuitive Dashboard logs all attacks and gives you an option to block or whitelist country, IP range or a URL, continuous blacklist and reputation monitoring, hourly admin login notifications and much more.
- A free community security or bug bounty management platform where you give hackers a safe and secure way to report any vulnerability that they find on your website. Every reported issue is validated by Astra’s engineers.
14. Shield Security
The number one role of Shield Security is to take on your increasing burden of site security. We’re all short on time so we need smarter defenses and a security plugin that knows how to respond to threats without bugging you with emails. Suitable for both beginners and advanced, Shield starts scanning and protecting your site from the moment you activate it. All options are fully documented, so you can dig further into your site security at your leisure.
The core of Shield Security is free forever. Professionals and business who need deeper protection and hands-on 24-hour support at the ready, can get Shield Pro for just $12/site. The mission behind Shield Security is ‘no website left behind’ – where the goal is to make Pro-Grade security accessible for every site, not the just wealthy few. Pro brings more scans, that run more often, user password policies, bigger audit trails, support for WooCommerce, traffic monitoring and features that make security policies smoother for its users.
Best Features of Shield Security
- One of the only security plugins that restrict access to its own settings to certain users.
- Smarter protection with features that work tirelessly in the background without bugging you with notifications.
- The only security plugin to offer three types of two-factor authentication for free and an option to select which users that may use it.
- Pro upgrades for everyone at $12/site – bulk pricing without the bulk purchase.
- Pro delivers 6x powerful scans to detect problems in all areas of your sites.
Which WordPress Security Plugin is Best for You?
Now that we’ve walked through the best WordPress security plugins, take a look at our main recommendations below. This makes it easier for you to select one or two plugins without having to test every single one out. Remember, that depending on what your WordPress host already offers, security plugins may not be needed.
These suggestions hone in on certain situations where you might choose one security plugin over another.
- For the best value – Sucuri Security, SecuPress, Jetpack, iThemes Security, or Shield Security.
- If you want a free WordPress security plugin – All In One WP Security & Firewall, Sucuri Security (free version,) or Wordfence Security.
- If you’re looking for a security plugin for beginners – All In One WP Security & Firewall, Security Ninja, or Defender.
- When you require a more advanced brute force protection plugin – WP fail2ban or Astra.
- If you’d like two-factor authentication – Google Authenticator – Two Factor Authentication.
- For a beautiful interface – SecuPress or VaultPress.
Besides installing a plugin you can take further steps to improve the security of your sites. For example, Lockr’s offsite key management (this is a premium service) solution protects against critical site vulnerabilities and helps to secure your data. A simple integration is available for WordPress.
Of course, we can’t cover all the plugins out there. These are simply those we recommend based on our experience with users. If there is one you think should be included in this list, let us know below in the comments.