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6 Best WordPress Security Plugins to Protect Your Site (Compared)

Are you looking for a WordPress security plugin for your website?

A WordPress security plugin protects your website from malware, brute-force attacks, and hacking attempts. Security plugins are designed to prevent attacks and provide complete security reports for your WordPress site.

In this article, we will share some of the best WordPress security plugins you can use to protect your website.

Best WordPress security plugins

Why Use a WordPress Security Plugin?

Millions of websites are infected with malware at any given time each week. An average website is attacked 94 times daily, including both non-WordPress and WordPress websites.

A security breach on your website can cause some serious damage to your business. Here are some examples:

  • Hackers can steal your data or the data belonging to your users and customers.
  • A compromised website can be used to distribute malicious code to unsuspecting users and other websites.
  • You can lose data, lose access to your website, get locked out of it, or your data could be held hostage.
  • Your website can be destroyed or defaced, affecting your SEO rankings and brand reputation.

You can scan your WordPress site for security breaches at any time. However, cleaning a hacked WordPress site without professional help can be difficult for non-technical users.

To avoid being hacked, you must follow security best practices to protect your website. We have compiled them in an easy-to-follow step-by-step WordPress security guide for beginners.

One of the most important steps in securing your WordPress site is to start using a WordPress security plugin. These plugins help you harden WordPress security while blocking brute force attacks on your website.

Let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress security plugins and how they help you protect your website or blog.

Note: You only need to use one plugin from this list. Having multiple plugins active can lead to bugs.

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1. Sucuri


Sucuri is the industry leader in WordPress security, and they have one of the best WordPress security plugins on the market. They offer a basic free Sucuri Security plugin that helps you harden WordPress security and scan your website for common threats.

But the real value is in the paid plans, which come with the best WordPress firewall protection. A firewall helps you block brute force and malicious attacks from accessing WordPress.

Sucuri website firewall filters out bad traffic even before it reaches your server. They also serve static content from their own CDN servers.

Apart from security, their DNS-level firewall with CDN gives you a tremendous performance boost and speeds up your website.

Most importantly, they offer to clean up your WordPress site if it gets affected by malware at no additional cost. You can even take a website already affected by malware, and they will clean it up for you.

We use Sucuri on all our websites. For more information, see our complete Sucuri review to learn how it helped us protect our websites.

2. MalCare

MalCare WordPress security plugin

MalCare is a complete security plugin that has recently gained popularity in the WordPress community. It comes with an in-depth malware scanner, 1-click malware removal, and an endpoint firewall.

The powerful scanner runs automatically every day and scans every part of your WordPress site, including files and database. You can also scan your website on-demand if needed.

Plus, unlike other security plugins, MalCare doesn’t use the site resources to scan for malware. The scanning takes place on MalCare servers, which helps keep your website fast and responsive.

MalCare offers a free plan that includes a daily malware scan, vulnerability monitoring, and more. However, the free scan will only tell you if your site has malware. If malware is detected, you’ll need to upgrade your plan to use the automated cleaner.

3. Wordfence


Wordfence is another popular WordPress security plugin. They offer a free version of their plugin, which comes complete with a powerful malware scanner, exploit detection, and threat assessment features.

The plugin will automatically scan your website for common threats, but you can also launch a full scan anytime. You will be alerted if any signs of a security breach are detected with the instructions to fix them.

Wordfence also comes with a built-in WordPress firewall. However, this firewall runs on your server just before loading WordPress. This makes it less effective than a DNS-level firewall like Sucuri.

For complete instructions, see our guide on how to install and set up Wordfence Security in WordPress.

4. iThemes Security

iThemes Security Pro

iThemes Security is a WordPress security plugin from the people behind the popular BackupBuddy plugin. Like all their products, iThemes Security offers a nice clean user interface with many options.

It comes with file integrity checks, security hardening, the ability to limit login attempts, strong password enforcement, 404 detection, brute force protection, and more.

iThemes Security does not include a website firewall. It also does not have its own malware scanner and uses Sucuri’s Sitecheck malware scanner instead.

5. All-In-One WP Security

All in One WordPress Security

All-in-One WordPress Security is a powerful WordPress security auditing, monitoring, and firewall plugin. It enables you to easily apply basic WordPress security best practices on your website.

It comes with features like login lockdown to prevent brute force attacks, IP filtering, file integrity monitoring, user account monitoring, scanning for suspicious patterns of database injection, and more.

It also comes with a basic website-level firewall that can detect common patterns and block them for you. However, it is not very efficient, and often you will be required to manually blacklist suspicious IPs.

6. Anti-Malware Security

Anti-Malware Security

Anti-Malware Security is an excellent and useful WordPress anti-malware and security plugin. The plugin comes with actively maintained definitions that help it find the most common threats.

Its malware scanner allows you to easily scan all files and folders on your WordPress site for malicious code, backdoors, malware, and other known patterns of malicious attacks.

The plugin requires you to create a free account on the plugin’s website to access the latest definitions and get some premium features like brute force prevention. The plugin also calls developers’ websites to look for updated definitions.

While the plugin runs thorough tests, it often shows many false positives. Matching each one with the source file is quite a lot of work.

Bonus: WPScan Security


WPScan is a unique WordPress security plugin because it uses its own manually-curated WordPress vulnerability database that is updated daily by dedicated WordPress security specialists and community members.

They scan your site for over 21,000 security vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins, themes, and core software.

You can schedule automated daily scans and get email notifications of the results. They have a free security API suitable for most websites, but you can upgrade to the paid plan if you have a larger site and use a lot of plugins.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress security plugin to protect your site. Below are some of the links that will help keep your website more secure and optimized.

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  2. Hey, I like the information here. Thanks a lot. I have a question. What is the security plugin or plugins that wpbeginner is using right now?

  3. Yes, it’s a good overview article about WordPress security plugins. thanks WPbeginner your articles are awesome

    • While it is possible, it is not something we would recommend for beginners and we would still recommend using a security plugin in one way or another to help keep your site secure.


  4. I prefer using Sucuri security because of its lightweight and super fast reliability.

  5. I want to mention one thing about WordFence, it monitors your plugins and informs you if any plugin has been removed from plugin repository.

  6. Any security plugin i used with user role editor plugin in my website, i discover other user can not login into their the back-end. when i deactivate the security plugin, the users were able to login. how can i solve this?

    • It would depend on the specific error and plugin, if you reach out to the security plugin’s support for the one you’re using they should be able to help :)


  7. Hello Sir,
    My WordPress site is trying to log in again and again, while I have changed the login url of my site, even though the log-in attempts are increasing,

    When I scanned the site with the i Theme Security plugin, then there are some file shows happening, which were not previously scanned
    Sir please help me

  8. Thanks for sharing list of such awesome security plugin, in my view Wordfence Security plugin is the best, I learned about it through Wpblog and really it indeed made my website secure.

  9. Hi, thx for nice article.
    But you should add to your security plugins list a nice plugin which i used about 1 year. This is WP Cerber Security. You should try it :-)

  10. I use Wordfence personally and it’s great. But for anyone who uses a different plugin, I would still recommend signing up for their newsletter. They do some pretty interesting research and test cases on various security issues and it’s pretty interesting/enlightening.

  11. Hi,
    I read a lot of articles from you.
    This one is also great and helpful.

    But first you updated only your article from an earlier version right?

    Second why you do not write about how WordPress can be secured on a deeper level?
    For example secure php, install fail2ban, install htaccess files, and so on.

    The question is if you host WordPress on your own server wich possibilities and security mechanism you have to secure WordPress without plugins?

    Kind regards

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