WordPress, being the number one blogging platform in the world, has attracted hackers of all kinds to find glitches and weaknesses in the program in order to breach and bring down websites.
Although WordPress is a solid program, in the past, many updates have created openings for hackers to compromise even the most established WordPress blogs. Even to this day, there are many known weaknesses in the CMS platform that, because of the nature of the program, cannot be so easily fixed.
Instead you can increase your chances of surviving a hacking siege by installing some of these popular protective WordPress plugins.
Although many premium plugins can probably outperform Wordfence security, it’s price is unbeatable by all; completely free. Wordfence Security plugin, performs constant antivirus scanning, compromised URL scanning, firewall protection, and it even provides some more useful analytical data such as live updates of your blog’s traffic and crawlers that have visited your site.
Another set of great features from Wordfence Security is its direct anti hacking capabilities. Some of these measures include disabling users to log in to your blog after numerous failed attempts and repairing and fixing broken themes and files that may have been corrupted by a virus.
But perhaps it’s best anti hacking measure revolves around the ability to block specific IPs from accessing your blog. This quick and fast measure can give you enough time to potentially backup your blog and protect it if it was to crash or be compromised.
Although not a direct competitor of Wordfence security plugging, some of the special capabilities of this plugin make it not less essential for the security of your site. WP Security Scan, fixes and looks for security weaknesses in usually important but ignored places on a WordPress blog.
It adds a .htaccess file if your blog is missing one (this file provides simple but essential security measures). WP Security Scan also analyzes your core file’s permission settings, notifying you about which ones can be easily accessed in case of a hacking.
A simple but powerful extra layer of WordPress security can be added with this plugin. Google authenticator plugin allows you to turn on the “authenticator” capability, requiring anyone who logs into your WordPress blog, to enter a second pin code sent directly and exclusively to your cell phone.
This simple security measure should not be taken lightly, consider a 56% of successful hacking attacks result in a direct access to the site’s dashboard. Although some will argue this simply measure does not protect against all possible cyber-crimes, it can prevent a direct hacking.
Most of these plugins are a great way of preventing a hack, however none of them like exploit scanner helps you when your site has already been compromised. Exploit scanner, specializes in malicious advertisement “hacks”, in which advertisement links and even banners may make their way into your site’s blog posts and pages.
Exploit scanner, checks and crawls every single blog post and web page and checks for malicious, links, advertisement code and so on.
Bulletproof security plugin is the number one rated and most recommended plugin when it comes to .htaccess security protection. It can protect .htaccess files against all major hacking techniques, these include; code injection, XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF and Base64.
The latest version of the plugin now features the “Maintenance mode”. While the “Maintenance mode” is active webmasters can alert and clearly show their visitors which pages will be unavailable because of server Maintenance. Bulletproof can also backup and restore .htaccess folders, especially if the hacking were to damage important blog files.
These are just some of the many plugins and measures that one can take in order to protect a WordPress blog from potential hackers. But even with these plugins, many other forms of hacking can take place that may not be directly covered.
This is when services like “Wordpress hosting” come into play. WordPress hosting providers triple your security by giving you private servers to host your WordPress blog, eliminating one of the major weaknesses when hosting a blog on a conventional, shared server.
Aside from this major benefit, WordPress hosting specializes only and exclusively in WordPress software, meaning they can remove and support your blog’s restoration if your site was ever compromised or hacked.