Top 10 Best WordPress Security Plugins for Your Nonprofit Website

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Top 10 Best WordPress Security Plugins for Your Nonprofit Website

March 21, 2021

Ransomware. Data breaches. Malware.

If these cybercrime terms aren't familiar to you, they should be because your organization could be an easy target for getting hacked in 2021.

Hackers don't discriminate and they know most organizations have limited or no cybersecurity measures in place to protect against attacks. According to NTEN, more than 80% of nonprofits don’t have a strategy to deal with cyberattacks. This is usually due to staffing, limited budgets, or even misbelief among board members that there is nothing valuable to steal.

There are three reasons why your nonprofit’s WordPress website security matters and why it’s important to reduce the risk of a hack from happening in the first place:

  • Your website is an investment that’s worth protecting
  • Your website’s visitor data is gold to hackers
  • Getting your website hacked is an expensive problem

Because of these reasons, it's crucial to protect your organization's WordPress website from hackers by closing front and back doors.

In this article, you’re going to discover the 10 best WordPress plugins that will help close hidden pathways and lock down your website from common techniques hackers use to break into your website.

1. Sucuri Security

Scans and monitors user activity, login attempts, file changes; you can also harden WordPress and reset passwords. It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture. It offers its users a set of security features for their website, each designed to have a positive effect on their security posture. Pair it with their firewall platform for full protection from attacks.

2. MalCare Security

Syncs every part of your website with its server so nothing is ever missed with deep scans that run on MalCare’s own servers for zero overload on your server. Tracks every little change to precisely locate any malware. Its malware scanner uses powerful technology called Intelligent Signals in large numbers to dig through your website continuously for malware. If there is a security incident, you are the first to know about it.

 3. BlogVault Backups

With BlogVault, there a number of ways to backup your WordPress website. The BlogVault plugin allows you to schedule encrypted backups and make automated backups. It also allows you to backup offsite and store it in remote locations. It also includes incremental backups and cloud storage options like Google Drive with a single click.

4. Wordfence Security

Includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Their Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe from hackers.

5. 2FAS Light – Google Authenticator

Every time you log in to a WP-admin panel, 2FAS Light plugin checks if the device has already been trusted. In case the device has not been trusted, the user will be asked for a security code generated by Google Authenticator mobile app. Get instant protection from brute-force attacks, WordPress takeovers, phishing, and keylogger attacks.

6. WPScan

Scans your WordPress plugins daily against their WPScan WordPress Vulnerability Database to identify anything that’s vulnerable. It scans for known WordPress vulnerabilities, plugin vulnerabilities, and theme vulnerabilities. It also does additional security checks, and shows an icon on the Admin Toolbar with the total number of security vulnerabilities found. Finally, the plugin notifies you by mail when new security vulnerabilities are found.

7. Limit Login Attempts Reloaded

Stops brute-force attacks and optimizes your site performance by limiting the number of login attempts that are possible through the normal login as well as XMLRPC, Woocommerce, and custom login pages. It also will block an Internet address (IP) and/or username from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries has been reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.

8. Jetpack Security

Provides easy-to-use, comprehensive WordPress site security including backups, malware scanning, and spam protection. Real-time backups save every change and one-click restores get you back online quickly. Stay one step ahead of security threats with automated malware scanning and one-click fixes. Save hours of time by automatically clearing spam from comments and forms.

9. WP Activity Log

It's the most comprehensive real time user activity and monitoring log plugin. It helps thousands of WordPress administrators and security professionals keep an eye on what is happening on their websites. As a comprehensive & complete WordPress activity log solution, WP Activity Log does not just tell you that a post, a user profile, or an object was updated. It tells you exactly what was changed within the post, the user profile, or the object.

10. UpdraftPlus

Simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest-ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over three million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click. Backup into the cloud directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, and email.

By Chuck Spidell, the Nonprofit WordPress Security Expert who helps communications teams free up their time and lock down WordPress from getting hacked.