While WordPress remains one of the most popular content management systems on the web, its size and popularity unfortunately makes it a prime target for hackers and security breaches.
This means that safety and security are incredibly important and allowing users to safely login into a WordPress site is a crucial aspect of this. Achieving this can be done through login plugins that provide a complex and layered system to keep data safe.
However, the variety on offer for WordPress makes it hard to know where to start. Here we’ve bought together some of the best WordPress login to keep your site and users safe:
1. CreativeMinds Secure Login and Two-Factor Authentication Plugin
This secure login plugin for WordPress features two-factor authentication. This means that users need to go through a two-step process before they can login – for example, answering a security question after entering their username and password.
Users can complete the two-factor authentication in a variety of ways: through the Google authenticator app, a code sent to a mobile phone, or even a verification link through email.
Features of the plugin include setting a defined time before the user is automatically logged out, choosing which accounts need enhanced security, and much more.
Pricing: The plugin from CreativeMinds is available for $39 for one website and $79 for up to 5 websites. It comes with a one year license and support, as well as full documentation and helpful videos.
2. Shield Security
Shield Security also offers two-factor authentication, through e-mail and YubiKey. The plugin is fully customizable, with other features including a login attempt limit, reCaptcha, and the ability to set up an automatic IP blacklist. It has a total of 9 firewall blocking options and fully enforced SSL.
While it has all of these great features and more, one of the drawbacks of Shield Security is the limited two-factor authentication options. It does not include authentication through Google Authenticator, SMS, phone call, or QR code.
Pricing: Shield Security is a great option if you’re working to a tight budget. The standard plugin is free, and the Pro version that comes with a host of added extras is just $1 USD per month.
3. Limit Login Attempts
Developed by miniorange, their Limit Login Attempts plugin does exactly what you’d expect – it puts a hard limit on the amount of login attempts users can have before they are locked out of the account.
It enforces strong passwords to protect users from the get-go and helps to prevent brute force attacks from malware and hackers. While it doesn’t come with the bells and whistles of other login security plugins, Limit Login Attempts features also include anti-spam and automatic inactive user logout.
Pricing: Limit Login Attempts by miniorange is available for free here.
Wordfence is one of the big players in WordPress security plugins. It comes with a number of security features, not just secure login capability, including firewall protection and a security scanner that checks core files, plugins, and themes for malware.
Wordfence does come with two-factor authentication, with verification exclusively though smartphones.
Pricing: The basic version of Wordfence is free and available direct from WordPress. The premium version with added features currently retails for $99 per year, and you can pay extra for multi-site and multi-year licensing and support options.
DoLogin offers login security in the form of passwordless login. Instead, a link will be sent to the users e-mail and a passcode sent via free SMS. This acts as a different kind of two-factor authentication.
The plugin also allows you to set a limit on the amount of login attempts in a certain amount of time – for instance, the default is set to block attempts above six in ten minutes. DoLogin is designed to stop brute force attacks on your WordPress website.
Pricing: The great news is that DoLogin is available completely free of charge through WordPress, and is rated highly among its users.
6. iThemes Security
iThemes Security uses two-factor authentication in the form of a username and password with a verification code from Google authenticator.
One of the plus points of iThemes security is that it comes with very strong password enforcement, requiring users to have strong alphanumeric passwords. Admins can also change the default URL of the WordPress login to help keep your login page more secure.
Aside from login security, iThemes security comes with an additional 30 features including malware scanning.
Pricing: There are three pricing tiers for iThemes Security, and the license is renewed on a yearly basis. The Blogger license for one site is $80, the Small Business package costs $127 and licenses up to 10 sites, and the Gold option which allows use on an unlimited number of sites will cost $199. This gives you one year of access and support.
7. BulletProof Security
BulletProof Security comes with professional login security and monitoring, allowing you to keep track of who’s logging in to your WordPress site – a handy tool for keeping your site safe and secure.
The BulletProof Security plugin is highly rated among WordPress users and comes with a host of other features aside from login security, including anti-spam features and a malware scanner.
Pricing: The free version of BulletProof Security is available directly through the WordPress plugin directory. BulletProof Security Pro, the premium version of the plugin which comes with additional features and support, is $69.95. Additional info can be found here.
Final Thoughts on Login Security Plugins
There are some really excellent options when it comes to plugins that secure your WordPress logins. All of the plugins in this list are affordable, with extensive security features, and good support and documentation.
While the free version of any plugin will likely serve its purpose, it’s sometimes best to spend some cash to ensure you get the best products and support available on the current market.
For more info on the latest WordPress security trends and tips on how to keep your site safe, check out our blog post here.