So, I’m yet another blogger who has joined the WordPress club. I migrated from the free blogger platform to the self hosted WordPress platform and i’m quite happy with it. The reason for my happiness is that WordPress saves my time as it offers well developed interfaces and high quality plugins (unfortunately the blogger platform lacks them).
Anyways, WordPresss security plugins ensure that your blog or WP website is safe from all possible hacking attacks that may take your precious website away from you. If you’ll search on Google for the best internet for WP security tips, then you shouldn’t be surprised to find blog posts that recommend you to install either WP better Ithemes security or Wordfence plugins.
You’ll also find blog posts asking you to add some security rules to the htaccess file. For webmasters having very little or no technical knowledge on htaccess or mod rewrite rules, it’s always good to go with the easiest method to secure your site. Thus, in the WordPress content management system, it can’t be much easier than installing Better WP security or Wordfence plugin.
Having used these 2 plugins, I know that these 2 plugins share similar set of features and there are some differences between them. My today’s post would highlight these differences and similarities between Wordfence and Better WP security. This comparison would help you to choose and download the best WordPress security plugin for your site.
In Wordfence, you’ll find the below features:
Live Traffic:- This module shows all hits to the blog in a real time (Hits by Crawlers, Visitors…. etc).
Humans:-This module displays all human traffic (direct, referral or organic traffic).
Pages Not Found:- This module shows the errors encountered by the visitors/search engines when they attempted to visit a particular page. This is the most important module of the Wordfence WordPress security plugin as it shows the data in real time. You should check this tab often to find out the pages that caused 404 errors in an attempt to visit the page by the visitor or a Crawler.
If you have dropped the page or post from your blog, then make sure that you remove the URL too from the search index of Google/Bing or if you have renamed the page, make sure that is redirected (with HTTP status 301) to the updated URL. After migrating from blogger to WordPress platform i came to know some very important SEO concepts, which i applied it on my blog. Some updates resulted in a lot of 404 errors which i came to know in real time through this module. Thus, don’t you think this WordPress security plugin is useful?
Login and Logouts:- This is a very important module as it shows the login attempts by the any user. If you find a visitor trying to enter into your WordPress account (as an attempt to take over your website), you can block him or her easily through the block IP’s module of the Wordfence Security system. If you have already installed this plugin, then you should keep an eye on this tab.
Top 404’s:-This is one of the most important module as it shows all the top 404 error encountered by a bots/users when they tried to access a page.
Country Blocking:- Available in the premium version, this module can be used to block traffic from a specific country.
Login Limiter:- This module of Wordfence makes sure that no one is able to exceed the number of login tries you’ve set. If a user reaches the number of login tries you’ve set, he or she will be automatically banned from accessing the login page, This is the most important feature of this plugin as it prevents brute force attacks.
File checks:- Wordfence has the capability to detect and remove any malicious code inserted into your theme files. You can either schedule theme file scans or manually run the Wordfence file scanner.
Better WP Security review
Along with the login limiter, 404 error detection and file scans, better WP security plugin comes with the below set of features:-
htacess, wp-config security:-This plugin has the ability to make these 2 files read only.
Change DB prefix:- This module would add a prefix to your WordPress DB tables. If you change the DB prefix of your WordPress database tables, SQL injection attacks would be difficult to execute as the hacker/intruder won’t have the actual name of your DB tables.
Backups:- Better WP Security plugin has inbuilt backup module which can be used to create or schedule database backups.Thus, when the WP-Better security is installed on your site, you have to install any other backup plugin.
Hide backed:- With this feature, you can hide wp-login and wp-admin pages from strangers.
+ lot more interesting and important features.
Wordfence vs Better WP Security (IThemes security)
From the above features of these 2 plugins, you can see that WP Better security has more features than Wordfence. But Wordfence has the live mode feature which will show you your real time visitors (including bots, humans,… etc), 404 errors, real time intruders trying to log into your system. Thus it’s very difficult for me to pick the best plugin out of the 2. I leave it up you to decide the best WordPress security plugin
So what do you think of this WordPress Security plugin?. Have you used the Wordfence security or theBetter WP Security plugin before? If not, then by this time you might be impressed with their features and you might be thinking to install one of these 2 on your blog. So what are you waiting for?