Five most popular WorPress security plugins

Cybersecurity issues

Simple and easy to manage features of the free and open-source content management system (CMS) WordPress makes it a much favoured platform for web developing. These features also attract cybercriminals to conduct malicious activities. Below given are five most popular WordPress security plugins based on their popularity.

Wordfence Security

It is one of the most downloaded WP security plugins with 1 million plus active installations.

The free and open source security plugin offers Premium Support, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing. It even checks if a website IP address is being used to Spamvertize.

A paid version is also available on this product. Experts say both versions offer tonnes of security features.

 W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache helps to increase server performance, reducing download times and promises to provide robust content delivery network (CDN) integration. It also has 1 million plus active users and is rusted by countless companies like: AT&T,, and more.

It’s a free plugin, though it offers paid assistance.

Sucuri Security

Sucuri Security offers website security, with specialization in WordPress Security.  Sucuri WordPress Security is free to all WordPress users. There are 200,000 plus active Sucuri installs.

The US-based company offers its users following key security features:

#Security Activity Auditing

#File Integrity Monitoring

#Remote Malware Scanning

#Blacklist Monitoring

#Effective Security Hardening

#Post-Hack Security Actions

#Security Notifications

#Website Firewall

User reviews suggests that the free version detects website for infections, but requires the paid version for removal.


AntiVirus for WordPress is a security plugin designed to protect blog or website against exploits, malware and spam injections. AntiVirus performs an automated daily scan of theme files and database tables. AntiVirus has over 100,000 installs in its credit.

According to WordPress website, AntiVirus offers following benefits

#Virus alert in the admin bar

#Cleaning up after plugin removal

#Translations into many languages

#Daily scan with email notifications

#Database tables and theme templates checks

#WordPress 3.x ready: both visually and technically

#Whitelist solution: Mark suspected cases as “no virus”

#Manual check of template files with alerts on suspected cases

#Optional: Google Safe Browsing for malware and phishing monitoring.

Sitesassure WP Malware Scanner

The Sitesassure WP Malware Scanner Plug-in scans and provides reports only. The user will get reports directly in the plug-in from the admin side of the website.  Users must purchase the malware removal plan.

It assures protection against Denial of Service Attacks, Cross-Site Scripting, SQL Injection, Directory Traversal, Remote File Inclusion, Spamming, Format String Attacks, Local File Inclusion and viruses.