WordPress Brute-Force Attack Prevention Plugins

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

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WordPress Brute-Force 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.


WordPress Brute-Force Prevention 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 sites for vulnerabilities and deploying basic exploits to take control. many of these methods can be deployed as easily as looking through the website 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 - 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 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 - WordPress 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 WP Plugin

(Limit Login Attempts Plugin For WordPress)

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 Plugin For WordPress

(Login Lockdown – WordPress 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

(Simple Login Lockdown Plugin)

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 Plugin

(Chap Secure Login)

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 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 Plugin Search - 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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WordPress Product Review: Prevent Malicious Cyber-Attacks On Your WP Website By Hackers And BotnetsThe sheer number of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is massive, and things are getting worse.

It’s probably safe to assume that if your website or blog hasn’t been hacked yet, then it’s only a matter of time before someone attempts to hack into your site.

On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com reported that over 160,000+ legitimate WordPress-powered web sites had been hacked.

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

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

(Screenshot image: 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)

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

Every web site with a security vulnerability presents an opportunity to hackers. An unsecured website or blog offers hackers with a valuable platform for launching stealth attacks, spreading malware and as a source of information theft.

If someone can find a way to break in and control your blog, that web site can then be used as a “bot” to attack more valuable sites.

The truth is that brute-force software bots are probably trying to break into your site as you are reading this. Whether they will do this successfully depends on how hard you can make it for them to keep persisting until they either can work out a way to get in, or are forced to decide to look for a less protected target.

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

If you visit Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security check …

Hackertarget - WordPress Security Check

(WP Security Scan Screenshot: https://hackertarget.com/wordpress-security-scan)

You will see that the scan returns various results and details about your website …

Website Security Check

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

It should be obvious after using the tool shown above that if you are able to see all of this information about your site, then hackers can too.

WP Security Check

(Image source: BlogDefender site)

The ability to see which version of WordPress you are using, which plugins and themes you have installed on your site, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories on your server can all be potentially useful information to hackers, as this informs them about any security weaknesses, especially in older versions.

Fortunately, there is a solution that will stop broadcasting all of this information about your site and make your site invisible to hackers and bots.

Blog Defender WordPress Security Product Suite

Blog Defender Security Solution

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 the BlogDefender security suit began looking for a way to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven site he set up for his mother had been hacked into and suspended by its webhost. This blog had literally no value to offer, yet it was still targeted by hackers.

Matt only became aware of this after being informed by his host and seeing that a significant amount of unusual activity had taken place within his site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files designed to lure unsuspecting victims to the site and hijack Paypal account details.

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

(Screenshot: BlogDefender.com)

This example should be enough to convince you that all websites are valuable to hackers.

Blog Defender scans you web site for security holes …

Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress Sites

And let’s you easily fix these …

Blog Defender

WP Plugins

The Blog Defender security suite comes with three plugins:

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

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

(Screenshot: Blog Defender)

Plugin #1 lets you do automated site, file and data backups to your server, third-party servers and leading cloud-based backup solutions using different backup methods, perform complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to new domains or server locations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.

The second plugin provides your web site with security …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

(Product image: BlogDefender.com)

Plugin #2 “WP Security” provides a range of vital site security functions (see “Blog Defender Features” section below).

Plugin #3 scans your WordPress plugins, themes, WordPress core files and content to see if anything has been found, and fix any problems found …

Blog Defender Security Plugin

(Source: BlogDefender.com)

Pro Plugin # 3 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 people benefit from your hard work without providing you anything of value in return).

Blog Defender – Video Training

In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender suite of products also includes several step-by-step tutorial videos plus printable guides that will teach you exactly what to do to protect your website from hackers and bots …

Blog Defender WordPress Security Product Suite

(Image source: Blog Defender)

More info:


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

Ready To Use In Minutes

The plugins included with Blog Defender install just like every other WordPress plugin. Simply upload the plugin files to your Plugin folder via your administrator account and activate.

Simple And Easy To Follow

Blog Defender can be used as a training product that takes you through the website security process and shows you what to do, including how to set things up, and even which WordPress plugins you can install for free to get things done.

Additional benefits of this plugin include the following:

  • Protect your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data miners and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for personal and financial gain at your expense.
  • Helps Prevent Intellectual Property Theft – If you’re an info product author (e.g. downloadable e-books, videos, etc.), your work can be stolen and end up becoming freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
  • Avoid Getting Suspended By Your Web Host And Banned By Search Engines – When a website is hacked, expect to go through a whole lot of frustration and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through any issues these have caused. As a result, your, websites can be suspended by your webhost, or even blacklisted in search engines. In addition, hackers can spam your contact list and steal your personal or financial information, you could be fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.


Blog Defender provides many features to web site owners.

Blog Defender helps you fix all of the following security areas and vulnerabilities:

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

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

Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Websites & Blogs

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

Feedback From Users

Here are a couple of the testimonials plugin customers have written about the Blog Defender security suite:

”This is a seriously good product!” Simon Hodgkinson, www.hodgkinsonpublishing.com


”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, no websites or blogs protected by the product were hacked since Blog Defender’s release in 2012.

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 never-ending game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools that developers presently can harness. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier security solution that doesn’t need constant attention, won’t cost a fortune and it’s as good if not better than most 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 risk-free, thirty day, complete money-back guarantee.

Product Cost

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 cost to purchase Blog Defender depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. When we last checked, the product sells for the amounts shown above. This may or may not be the actual price set by the software seller when you visit the product site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.

Check the plugin’s website for the latest price:

Additional Info

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

What We Recommend

No matter what kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, you simply cannot ignore the importance of website security.

WordPress is a very secure platform, but neglecting basic 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 security policies such as the one Blog Defender provides, will help you learn what your security responsibilities are as a site owner, what hosting companies can and can’t do if your websites are compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major security risks without paying for costly solutions.

Prevent Malicious Cyberattacks On Your WordPress Websites From Hackers And Bots

For more information, check out the plugin here: Blog Defender


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