As thousands of websites are getting hacked day after day, website security is getting more important and should really not be shelved. Unfortunatley, this applies to WordPress-based sites too, especially due to plugin vulnerabilities. However help, both free and paid, is on the way!
iThemes Security Pro is the “#1 WordPress Security Plugin” when it comes to securing and protecting your WordPress sites. It allows you to lock down WordPress, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials for instance. It comes with loads of features – with more than 30 to be precise – including an option to change and hide the URL of your WordPress login area and a so-called Away-Mode. The latter allows you to define a time frame when the admin area cannot be accessed at all.
- Brute Force Protection
- File Change Detection
- 404 Detection
- Strong Password Enforcement
- Lock Out Bad Users
- Away Mode
- Hide Login & Admin
- Database Backups
- Email Notifications
- Two-Factor Authentication
- User Action Logging
- WP-CLI Integration
- iThemes Sync Integration
- Import/Export Settings
- Temporary Role Privilege Escalation
- Enforce Strong Passwords by Role
- Multiple 2FA Capability
- Show Current File Permissions
- Private Ticketed Support
- Change WordPress Salts & Keys (NEW)
- Online File Comparisons (NEW)
- Google reCAPTCHA Integration (NEW)
- New iThemes Security Dashboard UI (NEW)
- WordPress User Security Check (NEW)
iThemes Security – The Free Version
Formerly known as Better WP Security, iThemes Security is the free version which can be downloaded from the WordPress Plugin Directory. Even though it is free as in beer, it is still being shipped with more than 30 features to tighten the security of your WordPress site.
However, some of the above features such as Two-Factor Authentication are exclusively available for the Pro version and not included in the free one.
Purchase Options, Support & Updates
iThemes Security Pro can be purchased from as low as $80 for the Blogger plan for up to 2 sites and the Freelancer plan for $100 for up to 10 sites. A Developer plan for securing and protecting unlimited sites is available for just $150.
All plans come with free ticketed support and updates for one year as well as 10 iThemes Sync sites.
By going for the Plugin Suite for $247, you’ll get instant access to their entire collection of WordPress plugins including BackupBuddy, DisplayBuddy and their Exchange Add-Ons such as Umbrella Membership.