When it comes to choosing security products and services what is lacking is nearly any evidence that they are effective, while at the same time there is plenty that shows that many of them are not. For example, over at our main business we regularly have people asking if we offer one that will really protect their website from being hacked after the one they were using didn’t prevent their website from being hacked. So why would people being using those if there isn’t evidence that they work? One of the reasons we have heard from people we have dealt with that have had their websites hacked is that they are using products and services based on recommendation of others. Since those are not going to be based on evidence, since there is a dearth of that, not surprisingly a lot of that advice is quite bad. Take as an example of that bad advice, the most recent post on the blog of the Ninja Forms plugin, which is used on 1+ million websites. We ran across that while looking if they had released a post on the vulnerability fixed a couple of days ago, when were detailing that.
Right off the bat the post, 5 WordPress Security Plugins to Keep You Safe, puts forward the proposition that the Wordfence Security plugin is trustworthy, which seems to be disputed by reality. The post claims the Wordfence Security plugin is “one of the most trusted security plugins for WordPress”. They provide no evidence that it is trusted at all, much less one of the most trusted. Maybe by that they mean that it is tied for most popular and therefore it is trusted due to that, but that doesn’t mean it actually works at all or should be trusted (the security plugin it is tied for most popular with currently contains a vulnerability and is not needed). Near the end of their discussion of the plugin they again refer to it as “trustworthy”. [Read more]