We had this question pop-up today at Wealthy Affiliate where a member was asking whether there are any WordPress plugins that can be installed that will prevent hacking. The answer is "NO", and in-fact, Plugins are the main reason that Websites get hacked in the first place. With every plugin that is installed on your website, this gives a potential hacker an entrance point where they can attack your website. My suggestion to prevent this is to install the least amount of plugins possible. Obviously all websites need plugins to extend the functionality of the site, but do no go "Plugin Crazy". A site can function very well with 5 plugins or less and certainly no more than 10. So what if your site does get hacked? Well, if you are hosting your website here at Wealthy Affiliate on our state-of-the-art hosting platform then we'll not only detect the hacking attempt, we'll remove any malicious code that was added to your site and we will patch up your website so you are no longer vulnerable. This is part of our PREMIUM website monitoring that all premium members have by default on ALL websites hosted at WA. The best part is that we do this quietly in the background and only notify you if absolutely necessary. Every day we fix many websites to keep them up and running without anyone knowing. NO other web host does this. If you were hosting a website with another web host and you got hacked they would most likely just delete your website (content and all). Plugins are not a solution for stoping hacking attempts, the more plugins you have, the more at risk you are to get hacked. Carson
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mama2karsten Premium
Thank you so much for the above info... I had know idea that WA hosting had ant-hacking benefits, nice to know you have our backs...
magistudios Premium
Well said Carson.. :)

There are a plethora of reasons why you want to limit the use of WordPress plugins on your site and here are a few that I think are important to mention:

* They make your site load longer
Whenever you add a plugin, it adds another 'task' for your site to do when every single person visits your site.

* They give access to your database
This is THE reason why most sites get hacked as the database (let's call it the guts of your site) is the inner workings of your site and can then be altered in whatever way the hacker wants.

* Improper code structure
Code can become very unstable when it is not written in the same high quality as WordPress thus can break your site

I know it is hard to (sometimes) resist the temptation of fancy pants bells and whistles that plugins can come with. But at the end of the day..
does it REALLY provide an awesome user experience?
Thanks for the reminder! So much to remember and it all seems important. Sure have appreciated the patience and support through all the babysteps. It is finally starting to be Fun! Sherry M
Sherion Premium
I was told by another member here that this is what the Akismet was for. I think it is best I just not answer any questions anymore. If someone tells me something and the source I got it from seemed reliable then I usually feel safe to pass that on. So, then it seems I misguided someone by accident. I will go back refer him to this post.

Thanks for all you do Carson. I know you take care of us.
Carson Premium
Askimet is a great and reliable plugin that prevents and helps to block spam comments. However, it does not prevent a hacker from trying to access your site. Perhaps you got spam and hacking mixed up.

I should also mention that we monitor and delete spam comments too. If spam comments build up on your site I'm they can actually bring your site down or make it ultra slow to load. This is another perk of being a WA Premium member and hosting your sites with us!
Sherion Premium
You know what Carson I think I did get them mixed up then. I was probably thinking of spam. I know that my Akismet blocks a lot of spam to my site. I was able to locate the guy and send him your post here last night. Thanks Carson.
splashduck Premium
Thanks Carson. I never knew about any of this. You and Kyle do an amazing job of looking after our interests. Thank you. Robbie :)