In this tutorial I will show you 3 free plugins to protect a WordPress website from hackers.
A common way to hack websites is by performing Brute Force attacks. In a brute force attack, many different combinations of login details are used to log in to your website. Hackers do this with computers that enter high numbers of combinations in microseconds.
This way it can be fairly easy for hackers to hack into a website.
Fortunately, there are many free plugins available to protect your WordPress website from hackers.
In this tutorial I explain which 3 free plugins I always use for this and I also explain what the functions of the plugins are.
Overview of 3 free WordPress plugins to protect website from hackers
Over here you can see the dashboard of my website with all the plugins that are now installed for this website.
Limit login attempts reloaded WordPress plugin
And the first of the three plugins that I want to mention is the limit login attempts reloaded.
I have also made another tutorial about this plugin.
There I show you how you can install it and everything you need to know about this plugin.
To summarize what it does, is when somebody will enter the wrong credentials to log in multiple times then the IP address will be blocked.
By default, you can try as many times as you want and that’s a big risk for brute force attacks.
With a brute force attack, hackers will automatically try a whole lot of different combinations in microseconds. They can relatively easily crack the password of websites that way.
And of course, you want to prevent it. So therefore, you need the limit login attempts reloaded plugin. It has over 2,000,000 active installations and a very high star rating, five out of five stars.
So, this plugin offers a great way to prevent your website from brute force attacks.
Stream notification WordPress plugin
So now let me show you the next plugin and I’ll show you what it does. And that’s the Stream plugin and I have also made a separate tutorial about it.
But to summarize it, the Stream plugin makes it very easy to set up alerts so you can get notified whenever things happen on your website, so for example when somebody logs in into the WordPress dashboard. You can set an alert so that you will be notified by e-mail.
It’s a free plugin as I already mentioned, and it also has a very high star rating. The Stream plugin has more then 70,000 active installations so it’s very popular.
WPS Hide Login WordPress plugin
Now let’s go to the next plugin. That’s the third and last plugin that I will discuss in this tutorial. It’s the free WPS hide login plugin and what this plugin will do is make it very easy for you to change the URL of the login page to the WordPress dashboard.
So by default all the WordPress websites have the same URL to go to the login page and that’s the URL followed by /wp-admin.
But with this plugin you can set up a different URL to the login page of your WordPress dashboard.
So instead of /wp-admin, you can change it to anything you want.
Most hackers will go after the /wp-admin login because that’s the most used.
If you change it then of course chances are way less that you are being hacked.
As I mentioned the plugin is free and you can download it from the WordPress dashboard.
If you want to know how to set up the alerts, make sure to check out the separate tutorials that I have made about these plugins.
Let me summarize it again. The first one is the limit login attempts reloaded plugin. You can use this to set limits to the login attempts by IP address.
The second plugin is the Stream plugin and you can set up alerts to be notified whenever specific actions happens on your website, for example when somebody logs in the WordPress dashboard of your website.
The last one is the WPS Hide login plugin and with this one you can change the URL of the login page for your website. So instead of /wp-admin you can change it to something else.
Check out this tutorial to learn wich free basic plugins to install for any WordPress website.
For security reasons and performance of your site it’s recommended to keep your themes and plugins updated.
It’s also possible to set up a password to view your website with a protected URL in SiteGround.
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Thanks, and I hope to see you back in the next tutorial!