We all know that security is important, but how the hell do you actually secure your site? Unless you are a hacker or a cybersecurity expert you would never even know what the security risks are. Now I?m no government level security expert, but I know enough to help you protect your site from common threats that all WordPress websites face.
There are a lot of factors that go into the security of your website including hosting, theme choice, and much more. In this post I?m not going to dive into how to secure your site. We are just going to find out which plugin is best for the job. If you want to read up more on securing your website check out this post.
Now let?s get into what you came here for? a brutal death match between 6 plugins. (That?s what you were hoping for right???)
First up to bat?
Jetpack By WordPress.com
Before we get started on Jetpack I need to get something off my chest. I don?t like it. There I said it. However, just because I am not a fan doesn?t mean it won?t be the perfect solution for you.
Here are the features that Jetpack gives you:
- Downtime Monitoring
- Plugin Updates
- Brute Force Attack Protection
- Secure Sign On
- Security Scanning (paid)
- Backups (paid)
- Spam Protection (paid)
For most sites Jetpack is going to provide you with plenty of security so you can sleep at night. The free version will cover basic security needs that will. That being said to really get the most out of Jetpack it will cost you. For example if you are wanting malware scanning, scheduled website backups, and restoration if anything goes wrong you will have to upgrade to the $99/year or $299/year plan.
If you already use Jetpack for their other services, and you don?t need any specific security features this will work great for you, but like I said earlier it?s not for me.
The Sucuri Security plugin offers a free version as well as a premium version that will cost you $199/month. Yet just like with Jetpack, the majority of websites should be fine with the free plan. ?For instance, the website firewall requires you to pay for a Sucuri plan, but a majority of websites don?t need that type of security.