In today’s world everyone is online. Your local primary school has a website and even the cute nerdy dude from high school has a website (and a million clicks a month, probably). Seriously, even some pets have their own websites.
Building a website has become simple and affordable, thus opening up a relatively niche technological skill to the masses. We have website builders to thank for that, with WordPress being the most popular of the bunch.
According to recent reports, WordPress powers a quarter of all websites in the world. There’s like a gazillion websites out there, and WordPress powers 25% of them. Even more impressive perhaps, is that from all known content management systems, WordPress comprises of 58.7% of them. Basically, WordPress is a website giant that is showing no signs of slowing in terms of its popularity.
From a glass half empty perspective, programs as popular as WordPress open up more risk of exposure to hackers. These dudes are out there looking to exploit flaws and earn money. Just look at what happened to poor Adobe Flash. But besides patching its flaws, it also allows other developers to create WordPress security plugins. Here are five best security plugins for WordPress in 2016:
Wordfence Security 6
Wordfence Security 6 is my number one option because it’s extremely popular (more than a million installs), and it’s also free and open-source. Another great feature is the Live Traffic view, which will give you insights, in real-time, about the traffic to your site, and any possible hacking attempts. This is very useful against DDoS attacks, one of the most popular types of attacks today.
Formerly known as Better WP Security, iThemes Security offers more than 30 different ways to secure and protect your website. Although newbie webmasters might be intimidated by the sheer number of features this plugin has, veterans will be very pleased with what’s on offer here. It offers a free and a ‘pro’ version.
Spamming and spam bots are one of the biggest illnesses plaguing the comments sections of WordPress blogs everywhere. Aksimet is probably the world’s number one WordPress plugin for spam and bots, but it doesn’t come for free. It has a Basic plan, which requires you to ‘name your price’, and goes up to $50 a month for the Enterprise version.
Sucuri is an internet security company which, besides having its own antivirus program, also has a WordPress security plugin. However, unlike other security plugins, this one is a bit specific, mostly built for administrators and web developers. It requires some knowledge of the website’s back end, and is usually used to analyze received data.
All In One WP Security & Firewall
If you can’t be bothered to check for security, firewall, anti spam, bots and other shenanigans on your website, leave it all to the All In One WP Security & Firewall. Just as the name suggests it, it was built as a full service solution, to take the burden off the website owner. And it does its work brilliantly, becoming one of the best security plugins out there.