Security and spam plugins for Wordpress

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I have two Wordpress sites with Inmotion. Like everyone, I get heaps of comment spam, which is mostly sorted by Wordpress and a spam filter I use. But it seems to be increasing slowly, so I have been reading about spam filtering and security generally, and I would just like a little advice please.

1. Some people say I should use a security plugin (such as Sucuri or Wordfence), but I would have thought that Inmotion already has adequate security features. Does Inmotion recommend use of a security plugin? Do other Wordpress site owners use one?

2. Do the free versions of plugins offer enough security for a small personal site? (I'm not keen on paying what they cost.)


3. Wordpress itself offers Akismet for spam filtering, and Jetpack provides security and also spam filtering. Are these the best plugins for these purposes?

4. Do these plugins slow Wordpress sites much?

Thanks for any advice.

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Alyssa K
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Hello Anonymous, 

Thank you for your question regarding WordPress security plugins. It is generally recommended to use plugins to secure your website and reduce spam. Jetpack and Wordfence are two of the most common and the features available in their free versions are typically enough for most users. The plugins themselves should not slow down your site noticeably. 

Thanks, 

Alyssa K. 

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Alyssa K
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Hello Anonymous, 

Thank you for your question regarding WordPress security plugins. It is generally recommended to use plugins to secure your website and reduce spam. Jetpack and Wordfence are two of the most common and the features available in their free versions are typically enough for most users. The plugins themselves should not slow down your site noticeably. 

Thanks, 

Alyssa K.