So, now that we have our site up and running, it’s time to secure it from unauthorized access.  Unauthorized users and malicious code can wreak havoc on your WordPress website.  That is why it is important to keep your WordPress installation, themes, and plugins up to date.  And while all this is important, installing a good security plugin is also important for monitoring failed login attempts, blocking malicious code, and malicious code scanning.

Protecting your site from unauthorized access should be one of your primary concerns and first things you set up on your blog.  But, being human, we like to play with our toys first and see things work.

Wordfence Security

The security plugin that I am using currently is Wordfence Security.  It has a lot of features, most of which I don’t understand, but is very throurough in it’s default installation configuration.  The free version is quite powerful and provides statistics and weekly emails about your sites protection status.  Additionally, it includes a firewall to help stop attacks before they happen.

In the short time I’ve had Wordfence Security installed, it has blocked 3 I.P. adresses, 2 countries, and prevented 17 failed login attempts.  Just to put it into perspective, it’s only been installed for less than one week.

When you search for “WordPress security plugins,” Wordfence Security will consistently be ranked in the top 3 and currently has over 1 million installations.  Others that typically round out the top 3 are iThemes Security and Sucuri Security.

All three are good and I think it really boils down to which one you are comfortable with.  The important thing is that you use it and keep it updated.  And when you see a recommended action, like say, creating a stronger password, you should probably do what it suggests.

Remember, your WordPress site is not set-it-and-forget-it.  It requires maintenance and upkeep.  If you leave this out of the equation, your site could be left vulerable to hacking, malware, and ransomware attacks.

Wrap up

What did you think?  Was this helpful to you?  Let me know in the comments.

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