The Wordfence plugin for WordPress

Keeping hackers out

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Wordfence is the most popular WordPress security plug-in available, with over 22 million downloads from the WordPress plugin directory.

Wordfence is powered through their Threat Defense Feed (which is constantly updated with information about the latest hacking methods), and greatly reduces the threat of your site being hacked or compromised. Scans alert you quickly in the event your site is compromised. Live traffic views provide real-time visibility into traffic and hacking attempts.

Does Wordfence require additional configuration after installation?

While the default configuration options get you off to a great start, you can also make a number of additions/changes after installation. For example, you have the ability to automatically reject users (most likely hackers) who try to log in with specific usernames.

For each site, I always add these to the “reject” list: admin, administrator, manager, support, and the domain name itself.

I also recommend enabling email alerts so that you are notified immediately when any issues are discovered.

Does Wordfence cost anything?

Wordfence offers both Free and Premium versions. The Premium option includes premium support, country blocking, scheduled scans, password auditing, and real-time updates to the Threat Defense Feed.

Premium pricing is based on the number of sites you want to protect, and the subscription timeframe. See the WordFence website for pricing details.

Final advice, before installing any WordPress plugin:

  • Verify that it is compatible with the latest version of WordPress
  • Read reviews and check ratings
  • Scan the Support forum to see what sort of issues have been reported, and how the plugin support team responds to them.
  • Check the number of times the plugin has been installed (skip any with low usage, the more users, the more likely it is functional and maintained)

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