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5 Essential WordPress Security Plugins for 2012


Rene LeMerle Posted by Rene LeMerle

As is often the case, security is an afterthought, normally once you’ve already felt the pain of your website being compromised.

This blog post is testament to this fact. It was inspired by the fact one of my clients websites was recently hacked.

Many people don’t stop and consider the impact of having your website hacked. It can be compromised in various ways including:

  • Malicious software installed
  • Content changed or corrupted
  • Secret links added
  • Data stolen

These consequences alone should be worrying to any website owner. But further to the obvious immediate issues, there are other repercussions to consider:

  • Website suspension by hosting company
  • Blocked or blacklisted by search engines
  • Users experience being compromised

So having invested in designing and developing a beautiful new website, it makes sense to take some important steps to protect your investment, given its importance to your business.

So here’s the top 5 security wordpress plugins that every business website should be using:

1. Bulletproof Security

BulletProof Security protects your WordPress website against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bulletproof-security/

2. Login Lockdown

Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/login-lockdown/

3. Wordpress FileMonitor Plus

Monitors your WordPress installation for added/deleted/changed files. When a change is detected an email alert can be sent to a specified address.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-file-monitor-plus/

4. Antivirus for WordPress

AntiVirus for WordPress is a easy and safe tool to protect your blog install against exploits, malware and spam injections. Scan your templates now!

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antivirus/

5. MyEasyBackup (backups are an important security measure)

Backup, restore, migrate your WordPress installation, both code and MySQL tables, with a single click.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/myeasybackup/

WordPress is great in terms of security as there are many other plugins that cover almost every conceivable security threat that exists.

So to start your new security measures…make sure you update wordpress version, your themes and your plugins. Then use these plugins to boost your protection.

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About the Author: Rene is the marketing manager of ineedhits.com - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for Gooruze.com - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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