There is a common misconception that small websites are safe from the looming threat of cybercrime. In reality, more crime takes place online now than ever before. According to research put together by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), business owners lost 39 million dollars to cybercrime in 2018. That’s a 161 percent increase from 2017.

If you run a small blog or eCommerce store, there’s a chance that your WordPress website could fall victim to hackers. The results can be devastating. In 2017, 60 percent of businesses who fell victim to cybercrime were forced to close their business less than six months after the event. One attack from a scammer and you could compromise your website, your brand reputation, and your customer’s data. Similarly, if you have a simple blog, a hacker can get their hands on your subscriber list and spam your readers, which could cost you the trust of your fans.

Protecting your WordPress site can be a bit tricky. There are 50,000 WordPress plugins and dozens of different security tools in the marketplace. Where do you start? Well, let’s take a look. We want to give you a peek at five of the best plugins to keep your website secure in 2019.

1. Sucuri

Sucuri is an easy to use security solution for WordPress. This all-in-one tool gives you everything you need to keep your website safe and secure.

First, you’ll have access to their premium website monitoring feature. Sucuri can track and remove Malware that’s already on your website, or protect you from future hacks in real-time if a virus or malware is detected, you’ll receive a notification letting you know.

You can also use this plugin to back up a copy of your website in case of an emergency and get assistance in the event of a cyber attack. Sucuri comes with varying plans designed to help small, medium, and large businesses.

2. WordFence Security

The next plugin on this list is called Wordfence Security. Currently, this plugin has 3 million active installations on WordPress. Most other security solutions work on the cloud, meaning that you could be opened up to new vulnerabilities. WordFence works as what’s called an ‘endpoint firewall,’ which means that it operates from your server instead of the cloud.

You’ll have complete access to the live traffic on your website, including the visitor’s origin and IP address. If you find a network that concerns you, or it’s recognized in the real-time scanner, you can manually block that IP address to stop spam robots and malware from attaching to your website.

Wordfence features both a free and premium version. You can download and use the plugin right from your WordPress website.

3. VaultPress

VaultPress promises peace of mind, and that’s what you’ll get with this plugin. It features a backup service that automatically stores the posts, comments, media, and design of your website once a day. The best part about this feature is you’ll have unlimited storage space for your backups.

Other stellar functions of this website include their file scanning software. VaultPress seamlessly detects viruses, malware, and other security exploits and protects you in case of an attack.

VaultPress recently joined with the JetPack plugin to help you speed up your site as well as protecting it. Overall, this premium security tool is an excellent choice for those who want to keep their eCommerce storefront or blog safe from harm.

4. iThemes Security

iThemes Security is designed to help keep every facet of your WordPress site secure. For starts, you’ll have access to a scanner that keeps an eye out for spambots, which try to find vulnerabilities on your website.

You’ll also have access to a suite of tools that give you creative freedom over your WordPress login page. There’s a feature that allows you to change your login URL, so if a scammer tries to make it to your login page, they’ll get stumped.

It’s also possible to lock out users who try to exploit your website, or if they have ended up on a bot blacklist. Your actual users can feel comfortable knowing that you added in a feature that forces you to create long passwords for extra security. All of the tools here give you the ability to keep a careful eye on your website at all times.

5. All in One WP Security & Firewall

All in One WP Security & Firewall is the only plugin on this list that is 100 percent free. If you’re looking for a useful security plugin and on a tight budget, look no further. All In One is easy to install on your WordPress website, and even easier to use.

Once you install this plugin, you’ll have the option to customize your security and firewall to your liking. You’ll have protection against brute force attacks by locking users out after too many failed password attempts. You can even add notifications, so you’ll know precisely when an attempted hack occurs.

This plugin also allows you to add Google reCaptcha to your website so no bots can make it through and access your comments or data. If you’re unsure about an IP address, you can lock it down to keep that user from accessing your site for a set amount of time. This is an excellent plugin, especially considering that it’s free and doesn’t slow down your website.

Conclusion

Now that we took a look at these five plugins let’s talk about which one is the best. If you’re looking for a paid option, Sucuri is by far the most feature-rich of the security plugins. The price point is also affordable for the value provided. If you’re looking for a free option, you can’t go wrong with All In One. It gives you all of the necessary tools to security measures on your WordPress website.