Wordfence – security and performance plugin for WordPress

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If you own or maintain a WordPress site, you should get to know Wordfence. Wordfence is a WordPress plugin that help you keep your site more secure.

“Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure. “

It has many useful features like real time scans of the site, and it even scans core files, themes and plugins against WordPress.org repository versions to check their integrity. You can read the full features list on the plugin page.

My personal experience with Wordfence:
I maintain 2 wordpress sites for the company I work for. They don’t have high traffic, but I did want to make them more secure. After a quick research, I found Wordfence and decided to try it. After the installation, I started to get notifications about people trying to login to the site, and by logging in I mean trying to gain admin access. I wasn’t aware of these attempts (about 4 an hour from different IP address and locations), so it was an eye opener.

I changed the settings so anyone trying to log in as admin (or any other non existing user name) will be blocked for 2 hours. A couple of days later these attempts stopped and it is quiet ever since :).

This is the most awesome thing about Wordfence, the fact that it’s very simple to setup.

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Pros:

  • Improves your site security.
  • Sends important notifications and alerts to your mail (log-ins or attempted log-ins, plugins that need to be updated and more).
  • Monitor real time traffic to the site.
  • Automatically scans the site.

Cons:

  • Can’t really find any.

Thanks for reading and I hope this was interesting and helpful.

Author

Yaniv Norman

Help Desk Technician

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