Wordpress securityWordPress security from iThemes provides essential security for any WordPress site that is unobtrusive and easy to use, even for the novice webmaster. Provided free of charge ($80 value) for any WordPress site hosted with Hosting And Designs L.L.C.

iThemes Security Pro provides a list of important tasks to do to make your site secure with either simple “on” “off” options or slightly more clicking involved as you decide how you want your site security tweaked just to your liking!

Most important security steps are highlighted in red while less urgent security is in yellow. You will be able to defend your site against vulnerabilities you might not even know existed such as brute force protection, file change detection and also security recommendations such as strong password enforcement and hiding or changing default settings.

A new feature being offered is the Dashboard Widget which allows quick access to security stats and temporarily whitelisting IP’s for example without having to navigate to the plugin’s settings.

iThemes security ProAnother new feature is iThemes’ ability to determine if any changes were made to the core WordPress installation files to determine if any changes were malicious.

A feature that is currently still in the works is blocking spam or brute force attacks from specific countries. You will be able to block IP addresses by country called Geo-IP banning.

A feature that Hosting And Designs L.L.C. likes about iThemes Security Pro is the insistence of a strong admin password that can also be strengthened with a “Two Factor Authentication” that sets up a strong password AND a second code sent to a smartphone. The password and code are required to┬ábe able to log in to the WordPress admin account which ads an extra layer of security.

Malware scanningMalware scanning is also included (which requires a couple extra steps to setup) as part of the free WordPress security software. Malware is difficult to detect without the right software and can be used to obtain sensitive information and wreck havoc with any website. Malware scanning can be scheduled on a regular basis to analyze your site and identify malicious content, phishing software or even suspicious code.

Hosting And Designs L.L.C. does not believe server and website security should be expensive. All VPS hosting plans and dedicated servers that use WordPress have access to WordPress security form iThemes if they choose. Along with off-server ftp backups, all clients should have a more secure site and frequent backups included as part of our services to our clients.

For more information please visit the iThemes WordPress security site.