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Having repeated the mantra âMind your own businessâ over and again for most of my professional career, I have always urged businesses to keep focused and leave niche necessities in the hands of the experts. Today we look at the Sucuri Security WordPress plugin, which provides a host of security options in a single package.
Sucuri itself is a Delaware founded security company that has developed with the times and maintains a distributed team of security experts around the globe. Although relatively young as security companies go, it has built a formidable reputation among cutting-edge companies who live on the Internet (figuratively speaking).
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Installation of the Sucuri plugin is no different from any other WordPress plugin. It can be found either through a search from the plugin panel or directly uploaded as a package to your plugin directory. After that, it needs to be activated and then configured.
The command center of Sucuri Security is the Dashboard, which gives you a big-picture view of the status of your site. Here, there will list and log displays telling you everything from what has been going on recently all the way to recommendations.
Sucuri is great to keep your website safe and secure from attacks.
The first thing that the plugin will do is to perform a core integrity scan of your site. The plugin knows what files should be there and their compositions, so even if you personally have made any modifications to any site files such as the .httaccess the plugin will show an alert. Thatâs all good to know, and if youâre sure any changes were made by you, the warnings can be dismissed.
The scanner runs daily, and you can set the timings to run when appropriate for you.Â This is a useful configure-and-forget task you only need to perform once.
Aside from that, another major portion of the plugin is the option to toughen up your site, what Sucuri terms as âhardeningâ. This lets you choose from several options what level of security youâd like in certain areas.
For example, would you like to run traffic through Sucuri server firewalls? Some options such as the firewall service come at a price.
Do note though, that many good web hosts today already offer some of these services in partnership with security specialists already.
Sucuri partnership with popular hosting companies such as InMotion Hosting, A2 Hosting, GoDaddy, etc.
If youâre new to this and are still looking for good hosting options, check out our comprehensive list of web host reviews first.
One feature that Sucuri Security offers stands out and thatâs the fact that if youâve already run into problems, it doesnât just go âoh oh, too badâ. The plugin has a section that offers a list of measures that can be taken if youâve been hacked. For example, you can reset security keys, passwords or even entire plugins.
Sucuri works on a freemium model and currently offers 2 primary services,
You can find out the services and pricing differenceÂ here.
SucuriÂ is currently installed on over 300,000 WordPress sites, some of which are fairly strong and reputable ones. In fact, Yoast, one of the more successful WordPress SEO plugins protects its site with Sucuri. So do iThemes and WPBeginner.
Sucuri – Complete website security, CDN, DDoS protection.
To be honest, after running through Sucuri Security for WordPress, I personally feel a little underwhelmed. Although coming from a notable security company and offerings an easy-to-use product, it doesnât feel as comprehensive as some of the other offerings out there.
Thereâs no real âwowâ factor.
In fact, some of the security features Iâd expect from a good WordPress security plugin are missing, such as two-factor authentication for logins. Other features such as the Firewall require payment, and Sucuri isnât exactly the cheapest with prices starting at $10 per month. Even worse is that other reputable companies are offering some of those services for free.
Lastly, I feel a little uncomfortable that a security plugin goes so long between updates. At the time of review, it was 4 months since the plugin had an update (check out the first image above). While that might not be such a big deal for regular stuff, Iâd say itâs a lifetime for a security plugin.
Less comprehensive compare to others. Some features require payment while their competitors offer for free.