File Protection Comparison

There are multiple ways to protect WordPress media files with our Prevent Direct Access (PDA) Gold, Password Protect WordPress (PPWP) Pro, Protect WordPress Pages & Posts (PPP), and their extensions, namely:

Here are a comprehensive file protection comparison using 5 popular solutions:

 PDA GoldPDA Gold & AR extensionPDA Gold & PPP GoldPDA Gold & PPWP ProPPWP Pro & SR extension
PROTECTION METHOD
Supported file typesAll file typesAll file typesAll file typesAll file typesAll file types
Protect files outside of Media Library
Protect all files under a folder
Protect HTML files in WordPress.com
Protect page content
FILE PERMISSION CHECKING
Require users to log in
Redirect to "No Access" page
Protected with a password form
FILE PERMISSION RESTRICTION
Limit access by time or click
Grant access based on IP adresses
Grant access based on referrer URLs
Block file downloads
Apply watermark