Security plugins I use and recommend

I hope you enjoyed the weekend at WordCamp Sunshine Coast and that you got a lot of ideas from the other speakers.

If you have any questions about anything I said in my presentation then please don’t hesitate to contact me via any of the options that you see over in the sidebar.

Now here are the links to the plugins I mentioned in my session:

Wordfence – easy for a beginner to install but definitely a powerful tool for anyone to use

Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening – this plugin will help you harden your website and keep you informed – if you have problems installing this using Chrome then switch to Firefox

Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft – yes captchas will drive you nuts but this one does a good job of keeping the script-kiddie level of hacker our of your site.

Jetpack – Google’s own security tool – install it – skip the quick install – and choose the ‘Protect’ option. The figures that it begins to display may scare you but be thankful you have the plugin because it will keep some very nasty people out of your WordPress website. It installs under the ‘Tools’ tab.

Backup Plugins

WP DB Backup by Matzko – the easiest of all to install and set up – not always up to date but usually works with all WP versions – set it to email you a copy of the database at intervals that suit you.

Updraft Plus Backup/Restoration – a little more fiddly to install – seems to update regularly – set it to email you a copy of the database at intervals that suite you.


Other Important Links

Google’s Webmaster Tools – add your website – verify your ownership by the alternate method of a HTML tag. Copy the tag you are given and paste it into the Google field in the Webmaster Tools tab, General section in Yoast SEO – then check your Webmaster Tools account regularly to see if Google has sent you a message / warning

Google’s Webmasters Help for Hacked Sites – let’s hope you never have to refer to this site

Yoast SEO – even if you’re not interested in SEO you should install this plugin because it gives you the easiest way of installing the Webmaster Tools key.

Quttera Web Malware Scanner – it will scan both internally and from an external point of view – it’s good but it’s not infallible. Set it to work and then go make yourself a cup of coffee.


You will also find a blog post that formed the basis of my presentation here and the presentation’s slide deck is here.