WordPress Brute-Force Attack Prevention Plugins

In this tutorial, we explore WordPress plugins that can help prevent your WordPress website from brute-force attacks.

WordPress Brute-Force Attack Protection PluginsThis tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, we explore a number of WordPress plugins that can help prevent your WordPress website from being subjected to malicious brute-force attacks.

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WordPress Brute-Force Attack Protection Plugins

Brute force attacks on your site attempt to guess your login information by simply trying to log in over and over again. Since this is usually done by automated software, the attack can be very persistent.

Your first line of protection is to ensure that your WordPress Admin login information can’t be easily guessed. This is typically done through password security.

To learn more about password security, see the tutorial below:

After going through the above tutorials, make sure to use one of the plugins listed below to temporarily lock out bots from attempting to log into your site.

Premium WordPress Brute-Force Attack Prevention Plugins

Here are some of the premium WordPress plugins that provide advanced brute-force attack and security features.

iThemes Security Pro

iThemes Security Pro

(iThemes Security Pro)

iThemes Security Pro is a comprehensive WordPress security plugin that prevents WordPress hacks, WordPress security breaches, WordPress malware and more.

Some of the main features of this plugin include:

  • WordPress Brute Force Protection
  • WordPress Security Grade Report
  • File Change Detection
  • 404 Detection
  • Strong Password Enforcement
  • Lock Out Bad Users (locks users out if they have too many failed login attempts or generate too many 404 errors)
  • Away Mode (makes the WordPress dashboard inaccessible during specific hours so no one else can sneak in and attempt to make changes).
  • Hide Login & Admin (changes the default URL of your WordPress login area so attackers won’t know where to look.)
  • Schedule Database Backups
  • Email Notifications
  • WordPress two-factor authentication
  • WordPress Malware Scanning
  • And more!

For more details on the security features provided by this plugin, go here: iThemes Security Pro

WP Shields-Up

WP Shields Up - Stealth WordPress Security Plugin

(WP Shields-Up – Stealth WordPress Security Plugin)

Many newbie hackers use low sophisticated methods like scanning websites for vulnerabilities and deploying basic exploits to take control. many of these methods can be deployed as easily as looking through your site code to see what themes or plugins your site is running and downloading free scripts that can take advantage of known vulnerabilities and help them break into your site.

By default, this information about WordPress is available for anyone to see ...

(By default, this information about WordPress is available for anyone to see …)

WP Shields-Up is a ‘stealth’ security plugin that hides your WordPress site from hackers and bots by disguising information about WordPress that is normally visible to users, such as what WordPress themes and plugins are installed on your site, what version of WordPress you are using, etc.

WP Shields-Up hides WordPress information from online scanning tools!

(WP Shields-Up hides WordPress information from online scanning tools!)

Once installed, WP Shields-Up performs a number of security fixes on your site, including:

  • Blocks direct access to PHP Files
  • Disables Directory Browsing
  • Removes “Tell Tale” elements of WordPress
  • Moves and hides login areas
  • Hides information about WordPress plugins and themes
  • and more.

WP Shields-Up automatically performs a number of security fixes on your site

(WP Shields-Up automatically performs a number of security fixes on your site)

WP-Shields-Up performs one-click security fixes automatically and can be easily installed and activated on your WordPress site.

To learn more about this plugin, go here:

SecureScanPro

SecureScanPro - WordPress Security Software

(SecureScanPro – WordPress Plugin)

Many WordPress plugins address some but not all areas of WordPress security. One WordPress security plugin that seems to do a comprehensive job of scanning, fixing and preventing issues that could lead to hackers accessing your site files and damaging your site is SecureScanPro.

SecureScanPro is easy to install and easy to use and does a great job of addressing most of the security areas and fixing the issues that WordPress users need to address.

To learn more about this plugin, go here:

If you don’t want to invest in a premium security ‘brute-force’ attack prevention plugin like WP Shields-UP or SecureScanPro, then use one of the free plugins below.

Free WordPress Brute-Force Attack Prevention Plugins

Jetpack

Jetpack by WordPress.com

(Jetpack by WordPress.com)

Although the Jetpack plugin offers premium security features that require a paid upgrade, it is a free WordPress plugin that provides brute force attack protection as part of its free modules …

Jetpack Brute force attack protection

(Jetpack Brute force attack protection)

Once enabled, Jetpack will block any suspicious-looking activities on your site …

Jetpack Dashboard Security activity

(Jetpack Dashboard Security activity)

Learn more about using the Jetpack plugin here:

Login Security Solution

Login Security Solution Plugin

(Login Security Solution)

Login Security Solution provides a simple, yet fairly robust way to lock down login security for WordPress installations.

Once installed and activated, the plugin requires users to have very strong passwords, repels brute force login attacks, prevents login information disclosures, expires idle sessions, notifies admins of attacks and breaches, permits administrators to disable logins for maintenance or emergency reasons, and allows admins to reset all passwords.

Some of the main features of this plugin include:

  • Blocks brute force and dictionary attacks without inconveniencing legitimate users or administrators.
  • Tracks IP addresses, usernames, and passwords.
  • Monitors logins made by form submissions, XML-RPC requests, and auth cookies.
  • If a login failure uses data matching a past failure, the plugin slows down response times. The more failures, the longer the delay. This limits attackers ability to effectively probe your site, so they’ll give up and go find an easier target.
  • If an account seems breached, the “user” is immediately logged out and forced to use WordPress’ password reset utility. This prevents any damage from being done and verifies the user’s identity. But if the user is coming in from an IP address they have used in the past, an email is sent to the user making sure it was them logging in. All without intervention by an administrator.
  • Administrators can be notified of attacks and breaches.

Login Security Solution goes to work as soon as the plugin is activated. It does this by checking your passwords against its own internal password policies to make sure that your passwords are strong and that your site’s admin login section is suitably protected from brute-force attacks …

Login Security Solution

If it detects vulnerabilities with your passwords, you are encouraged to force all users to reset their own passwords (or ignore the suggestion) …

Login Security Solution

Login Security solution provides comprehensive settings for configuring the plugin according to various Login Failure Policies, Password Policies, and Miscellaneous Policies options …

Login Security Solution

Additional security options include disabling users who are not administrators from being able to log in when the site is in Maintenance Mode and logging users out if it detects a specified period of inactivity (Idle Timeout) …

Login Security Solution

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Limit Login Attempts

Limit Login Attempts

(Limit Login Attempts WP Plugin)

This plugin limits the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using auth cookies.

By default, WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies. This allows passwords (or hashes) to be brute-force cracked with relative ease.

Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible …

Limit Login Attempts

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Login LockDown

Login Lockdown WP Plugin

(Login Lockdown Plugin)

Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range. This helps to prevent brute force password discovery.

Currently, the plugin defaults to a 1-hour lock out of an IP block after 3 failed login attempts within 5 minutes. This can be modified via the plugin Options panel (Settings > Login LockDown) …

Login Lockdown - WordPress Security Plugin

Note: Administrators can configure additional settings for this plugin from the Options panel, such as locking out users who enter invalid usernames, mask login errors and release locked out IP ranges manually.

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Simple Login Lockdown

Simple Login Lockdown Plugin For WordPress

(Simple Login Lockdown Plugin For WordPress)

Simple Login Lockdown performs in a similar  way as the other unauthorized login prevention plugins described above, but it is a far simpler plugin for protecting your WordPress site from brute-force login attacks.

The plugin adds a couple of security options to the Settings > Reading section of your WP admin area …

Simple Login LockDown

You can set the number of login attempts (defaults to five) and how long to block users for (defaults to one hour), then save your settings. Any attacker attempting to log in with the wrong access details will be locked out for the specified period after the specified number of failed attempts has been reached.

Note: If you happen to forget your password and make a failed login attempt yourself, the plugin will clear out the lockdown count data on successful login.

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

WP Login Security 2

WP Login Security 2 Plugin For WordPress

(WP Login Security 2 – WordPress Plugin)

WP Login Security 2 provides enhanced security by requiring users to whitelist their IP address.

If the IP address is not recognized, the plugin will send an email to the user with a link that contains a one-time key. The administrator can also be notified when this happens.

If a user logs in from a known IP address no further action is required.

Once installed and activated, the plugin can be accessed from the ‘Settings’ menu (Settings > WP Login Security 2) …

WP Login Security 2

The plugin works by comparing a user’s existing IP address to the last seen IP address each time a user logs in.

If the IP does not match or no IP addresses have been whitelisted, an email will be sent to the user’s registered email address (and the administrator’s too if this option has been specified). The user must then log in to their email and click the included link, which contains a one-time password.

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Chap Secure Login

Chap Secure Login WordPress Plugin

(Chap Secure Login – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin transmits your password encrypted to your server whenever you log into your WordPress site. This is useful if you need a secure login method but can’t use SSL or other secure protocols.

Once you activate the plugin, there is nothing else to configure. The only information that will be transmitted unencrypted is the username. Your password will be hidden with a random number generated by the session.

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Stealth Login Page

Stealth Login Page

(Stealth Login Page Plugin For WordPress)

Stealth Login Page takes a different approach to blocking unauthorized users and does not require your .htaccess file to be modified.

Essentially what this plugin does, is it allows you to specify an “authorized code” or a ‘secondary’ password, which is then emailed to all registered users, and allows only those users who have this authorization code to access your site. Login requests must comply with the full login sequence or the request will be rejected …

Stealth Login Page

You can also specify a URL that users who fail to log in will be redirected to. This can be any URL you want to send blocked users to …

Stealth Login Page

Note: as suggested by the plugin developers themselves, this plugin does not replace the need for security “best practices,” such as a strong password and a secure web hosting environment. This is an additional layer of security, best combined with a login limiter such as Limit Login Attempts or Login Lockdown, described above.

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Additional WordPress Brute-Force Prevention Plugins

You can search for more WordPress Brute-Force Prevention plugins inside your WordPress dashboard (Plugins > Add New), or the WordPress Plugin Directory …

WordPress Plugin Search - Brute-Force Prevention

(WordPress Plugins – Brute-Force Prevention)

Search the WordPress Plugin Directory for Brute-Force prevention plugins below:

We hope that you have found this tutorial on plugins that will help protect your WordPress site from brute-force attacks useful.

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Blog Defender – WordPress Security Suite

Blog Defender is a suite of WordPress security plugins and tools, video tutorials, and WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats that helps prevent malicious attacks on WordPress websites and blogs by hackers and botnets.

WordPress Product Review: Make Your Blogs Invisible To Botnets And Hackers With Blog DefenderThe sheer number of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is rising, and it’s only going to get worse.

It’s safe to assume that if your website or blog hasn’t been hacked yet, then it’s inevitable that at some point in time someone will attempt to hack into your site.

On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com began reporting that over 162,000 legitimate WordPress web sites had been hacked.

Thousands of websites are attacked every year! Will yours be one of them?

Thousands of websites and blogs are hacked every year! Could your website be next?

(Source: Blog Defender)

According to the Cnet report,

“With some old-fashioned trickery, hackers were able to get more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered Web sites to mount a distributed-denial-of-service attack against another Web site.”

(Source: cnet.com/news/ddos-attack-is-launched-from-162000-wordpress-sites)

According to leading security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.

Every blog with a security vulnerability offers some value to hackers. Regardless of the type of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, website security is something you cannot afford to ignore. Corporate websites, personal blogs, government sites … even web sites owned by web security and anti-hacking experts can and have been targeted.

If a malicious user can discover a way to access and control your website or blog, the web site can then be employed as a “bot” to attack larger and more valued websites.

The harsh reality is that malicious bots are very likely trying to hack into your website at this very moment. Whether they can do this successfully will depend on how challenging you will make it for hackers to keep persisting until they can discover how to get access, or are forced to give up and decide to look for an easier target.

How Much Information About Your WordPress Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?

Do you own a WordPress site? If so, visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …

WP Security Scan

(Hackertarget – WP Security Check Product image source: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)

You will see that the scan will display a number of results and information about your WordPress site …

WP Security Check

(WP security check results. Product image source: Hackertarget.com)

It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you are able to access all of this information about your WordPress website, then so can hackers.

Hackertarget - WP Security Scan

(Product image: BlogDefender.com)

Being able to see what version of WordPress you are using, which plugins and themes you have installed, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories can be valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about any exploitable security weaknesses, especially where the owners haven’t updated their files.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop broadcasting all of this information about your website and protect against malicious attacks.

Blog Defender

Blog Defender

Product Description

The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.

Matt Garrett, the developer of BlogDefender began developing BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven site he set up for his mother had been hacked into. This site was new and had practically nothing of value to offer, yet it still was hacked.

Matt only became aware of this after being contacted by his host and observing that a significant amount of unusual activity had occurred inside his server, as well as the addition of several phishing files by whoever had broken into his mother’s site.

Blog Defender

(Screenshot source: BlogDefender site)

Matt’s experience illustrates the fact that every website is valuable to hackers.

Blog Defender shows you where the security weaknesses in your WordPress installation are …

Blog Defender WordPress Security Product Suite

And let’s you fix these quickly, easily and inexpensively …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

Plugins

Blog Defender includes 3 plugins:

Pro Plugin # 1 in the product suite provides automated backups …

Blog Defender

(Screenshot image: Blog Defender)

The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, third-party servers and popular cloud-based solutions using different backup methods (e.g. FTP), schedule full or partial backups, exclude tables or files from your backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to different domains or server locations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.

Pro Plugin # 2 provides your WP website with security …

Blog Defender

(Screenshot: BlogDefender site)

This plugin provides a range of essential site and file protection functions (see “Product Features” section below).

Plugin #3 lets you scan WordPress sites to detect whether anything unusual in your files has been altered, and fix problems …

Blog Defender

(Screenshot source: Blog Defender)

Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been added to your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your work without offering you anything of value in return).

Blog Defender – Video Training

In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender security suite also includes 7 videos plus written documentation that show you exactly what to do to protect your site from malicious users …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs

(Image source: BlogDefender website)

Go here to learn more about this plugin:

Benefits

Below we have listed just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:

Quick And Simple To Install And Set Up

The plugins included with Blog Defender are quite easy to install. Simply upload the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your admin section and activate.

Really Simple And Easy To Follow

Blog Defender is an easy-to-follow DIY training product that will take you through the website security process and show you what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which free plugins to use to get the job done inexpensively.

Some additional benefits include the following:

  • Protect your site from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data mining tools and malicious users whose aims is to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
  • Protects Intellectual Property From Being Stolen – If your site sells a digital product (e.g. downloadable ebooks, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
  • Avoid Getting Blacklisted By Search Engines – When a site has been hacked, expect to go through a great deal of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. In the meantime, your, websites can get closed by your host, or even deindexed in search engines. Additionally, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your business details or financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.

Plugin Features

Blog Defender was created to keeps your site and your business safe and secure 24/7.

The product helps you fix the following security areas:

  • Webhost Security Advisory
  • WP Plugin Security Audits
  • Theme Security Audits
  • Anti Brute Force Security
  • Anti Cross-Site Scripting
  • WP Database Security
  • Nefarious Traffic Blocking
  • Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
  • Anti-Comment Spam
  • Monitor Files
  • Link Tracking
  • Known Offender Blocking
  • Automating Core Updates
  • WordPress Security Audit
  • Tightening Server Security
  • Kick Out Policy
  • Reputation Checking
  • And More …

Blog Defender uses a logical sequence of steps to help protect your your WordPress installation, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then helping you implement site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs

(Blog Defender security process. Product image: BlogDefender website)

Testimonials From Plugin Users

Here are a couple of the testimonials and comments that users have provided for the Blog Defender product:

”Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re too small or not important enough to be hacked! I’ve found out that I’ve had bots in the backend of my sites, making alterations and changing things around, so there’s no telling what damage they’ve caused. I’ve had my main blog for over 3 years now, and the thought of losing all the hard work I’ve put into it is just devastating, not to mention costly! I have a shared hosting plan, so of course once they can get into one site, they can also access the others. Luckily, I now have the procedures detailed within Blog Defender in place so that I can prevent the majority of this ever happening again. Once you’ve secured one site it gets a lot quicker to secure all subsequent sites. With Blog Defender, you get easy-to-follow videos, along with a detailed checklist that you can downloadf. You are literally walked through the process of securing your blog against hackers, which has given me real peace of mind. This is a growing issue that all website owners are facing; so it isn’t going to go away. Prevention is better than cure, particularly as some of the nastier hacks around can literally ruin your business. So do yourself a favour – get your sites protected now, before it’s too late.” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.com

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”Since working with blogs, I… like many others, have been concerned about how to handle the constant threat of blog attacks. After having a look at Blog Defender you can’t help but become most aware of the vulnerable areas all bloggers need to protect. Blog Defender is viable WordPress blog security prevention system that offers video instruction along with 3 software plugins that are free to download. The instruction shows the optimum settings on how to use the free plugins that will allow you top level force against blog hacker attacks.” Micheal Nicholas, Impact Info Marketing

Plugin Tips

According to the plugin developer, since Blog Defender was first released in 2012, no websites using Blog Defender were hacked.

Matt also states on his site, however …

“With the volume of attacks nowadays … we probably won’t hold forever, so we’ve been busy creating even tougher WordPress security.”

Cybersecurity is is a constant game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers currently have access to. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, doesn’t cost a fortune and it’s as good if not better than many premium security products or services currently being offered at a higher price.

Support

The product is well-supported, can be used by both Mac and PC users, is compatible with the latest WordPress release and is backed by a risk-free, thirty day, 100% money-back guarantee.

Product Pricing

Blog Defender is normally available for personal use only on unlimited sites. When we last checked, however, it was also being sold with Developer rights, allowing users to secure client sites as well.. Cost = $47.00.

Note: Current pricing for Blog Defender can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The above reflects the current pricing at the time this review was published. This may not be the actual pricing set by the product developer when you visit the product site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after you’ve purchased.

Check the plugin’s website for the current pricing details here:

Additional Information

For help documentation and tutorials, FAQs, customer help desk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.

Get This Product

Regardless of the kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, web security is something you simply cannot ignore.

WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting simple maintenance tasks like updating your WordPress installation, plugins and themes, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to malicious by hackers and bots.

Adopting a security procedure such as the one Blog Defender provides, will help you understand what’s going on in your site and where the security holes are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your sites are hacked or compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major security risks without paying a lot of money.

Prevent Bots And Hackers From Finding Your Websites

To learn more, visit the plugin website here: Blog Defender

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