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 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 website.

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 enabled on your WordPress site.

To learn more about this plugin, visit the site below:

SecureScanPro

SecureScanPro - WordPress Security Software

(SecureScanPro WP 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 For WordPress

(Login Security Solution Plugin)

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 Plugin

(Limit Login Attempts 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 WordPress Plugin

(Simple Login Lockdown)

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 Plugin For WordPress)

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 WP 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 WP Plugin

(Stealth Login Page WordPress Plugin)

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 Free Plugin Repository …

WordPress Plugins - Brute-Force Prevention

(WordPress Plugins – Brute-Force Prevention)

Search the WordPress Free Plugin Repository 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.

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Review: Prevent Bots & Hackers From Finding & Attacking Your Web SitesThe sheer number of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is massive, and the situation is getting worse.

It’s safe to assume that if you haven’t been hacked yet, then it’s only a matter of time.

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

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

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

(Image: BlogDefender site)

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

You may think that your website or blog has no significant value to hackers, but the reality is that to a hacker, all websites are an opportunity to profit or benefit at your expense.

If a malicious user can exploit a vulnerability that allows them to gain remote access of your site, your website can then be used to target larger and more valuable web sites.

The truth is that brute-force software bots are very likely searching for exploits and trying to break into your site as you are reading these very words. Whether they will break into your site successfully depends on how challenging you can make things for hackers to continue persisting until they either can discover how to get in, or give up and go look for an easier target.

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

Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your site through their WordPress security check …

Hackertarget - WP Security Scan

(Hackertarget – Website Security Scan Screenshot: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)

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

Hackertarget - WordPress Security Check

(Hackertarget – WP security scan results. 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 site, so can hackers.

Hackertarget - Website Security Check

(Source: BlogDefender site)

The ability 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 in your site can all be potentially useful information to hackers, as this can inform them about potential vulnerabilities, especially where site owners haven’t updated their files.

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

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs

Blog Defender Security Suite

Product Description

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

Matt Garrett, the developer of BlogDefender developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress site he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended by the hosting company. This site had literally no value to offer, yet it was still hacked.

Matt only became aware of this after being suspended by his host and noticing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred inside the server, as well as the addition of a number of phishing files designed to drive unsuspecting visitors to the site and steal their financial information.

Blog Defender

(Product image: BlogDefender site)

This example demonstrates that every website has value to hackers.

Blog Defender scans you website for security vulnerabilities …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

And then shows you how to quickly and easily fix these …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress Websites

WP Plugins

The product suite comes with three plugins for WordPress:

Plugin #1 in the product suite helps you schedule automated backups …

Blog Defender

(Screenshot image: BlogDefender website)

The “Automated Backups” plugin lets you do automated site and file backups to your server, external servers and leading cloud-based backup solutions using a number of backup methods, perform complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to different domains or server locations), search and replace text strings in your WordPress database, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.

Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …

Blog Defender

(Screenshot image: BlogDefender.com)

The “WP Security” plugin provides a range of vital site and file security functions (see “Features” section below).

Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” allows you to scan your plugins, themes, WP core files and content to detect if anything unusual in your source code or files has been modified, and repair the problem …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress Websites & Blogs

(Screenshot image: Blog Defender)

Plugin #3 “WordPress Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious URLs have been inserted into your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your content without providing anything of benefit in return).

Video Tutorials

In addition to the plugins, Blog Defender also includes seven video training modules and PDF/DOC documentation that will teach you exactly what to do to protect your website from malicious users …

Blog Defender WordPress Security Solution

(Screenshot image: Blog Defender)

More info:

Plugin Benefits

Here 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:

Be Up And Running In Very Little Time

The plugins included in the Blog Defender product suite are really easy to install. Simply upload them to your Plugin folder via your WP dashboard and activate.

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 things up, and even which WordPress plugins you can install for free to get the job done without incurring unnecessary expenses.

Some additional benefits include the following:

  • Protect your website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users attempting to ruin your business for personal and financial gain at your expense.
  • Protect Your Info Products – If your site sells information products (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video training, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on free downloading sites.
  • Avoid Getting Closed By Your Web Host And Delisted By Search Engines – When a website gets hacked, expect to go through a whole lot of inconvenience and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. During this time, your, sites can be suspended by your host, or even deindexed by search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal details and financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.

Features

Blog Defender was designed to lock down your site and keep your business safe and secure 24/7.

Blog Defender provides fixes for all of the following security areas:

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

Blog Defender provides a logical sequence of steps for securing your your WordPress installation, addressing potential hosting security issues, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then implementing website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress Websites

(Blog Defender security process. Image source: BlogDefender website)

Testimonials

Here are some of the testimonials plugin users have published about Blog Defender:

“You are literally walked through the process!” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.com

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”A top level force against hacker attacks!” Micheal Nicholas, Impact Info Marketing

Useful Tips

According to Matt Garrett’s site, no Blog Defender-protected websites have been hacked since Blog Defender was originally released.

Matt Garrett, the product developer also states on his site …

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

The war on hackers is an escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the knowledge and tools developers presently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender creates 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.

Plugin 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 no-risk, thirty day, full refund guarantee.

Plugin 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.. Price = $47.00.

Note: The price of the Blog Defender plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. The above reflects the current price when this review was published. This may or may not be the actual price set by the plugin author when you visit the plugin site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.

Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details:

Additional Plugin Information

For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.

Use These Plugins

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

WordPress is a very secure web platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like updating your WordPress installation, plugins and WordPress themes, tightening file and data protection and taking other necessary precautions can have disastrous consequences.

Adopting security procedures such as the one that Blog Defender provides, will help you learn what’s going on in your site and where the vulnerabilities are, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your websites 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 Malicious Cyber-Attacks On Your WP Websites By Bots & Hackers

For more details, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender

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