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 Prevention 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 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 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 website is running and downloading free scripts that can take advantage of known vulnerabilities and help them break into the 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 – 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 WordPress Plugin

(Login Security Solution Plugin For WordPress)

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 - WordPress 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 WordPress Plugin

(Login Lockdown WP 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

(Simple Login Lockdown – WordPress 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

(WP Login Security 2)

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

(Chap Secure Login Plugin For WordPress)

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 - WordPress 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 Plugin Directory …

WordPress Plugins - Brute-Force Prevention

(WordPress Plugin Search – Brute-Force Prevention)

Search the WordPress 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.

Review: Prevent Malicious Cyber-Attacks On Your WP Blog By Botnets & Hackers With Blog DefenderThe sheer number of attacks on websites and blogs worldwide is massive, and things are 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 reported that over 162,000 WordPress-powered websites had been hacked.

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

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

(Screenshot image: BlogDefender website)

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

You may think that the information in your website is of no interest to hackers, but the reality is that every website is valuable to a malicious user.

If someone can discover a web software flaw, that website can then be employed to target more valued web sites.

The reality is that hackers are trying to break into your website right now. Whether they can be successful will depend on how hard you can make it for hackers to continue persisting until they can either discover how to get in, or give up and go look for a less secure target.

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

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

Website Security Check

(Hackertarget – WP Security Check Product image: Hackertarget.com)

You will see that the check will return various results and information about your website setup …

WordPress Security Check

(website security check results. Image source: Hackertarget.com)

It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you can freely access all of this information about your WordPress site, so can hackers.

Hackertarget - Website Security Scan

(Image source: BlogDefender website)

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 in your site are all potentially valuable information to hackers, as this informs them about potentially exploitable security weaknesses, especially in older versions.

Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way you can stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and make your site invisible to hackers and bots.

Blog Defender

Blog Defender Security Solution For WordPress Websites

Product Description

The product is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus WordPress security documentation in PDF and DOC formats.

Matt Garrett, the creator of the BlogDefender security suit developed BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress-driven blog he set up for his mother had been hacked into. This particular blog had literally nothing to offer, yet it still was hacked.

Matt only became aware of the event after being contacted by his host and seeing that a significant amount of suspicious activity had occurred inside the site, as well as the addition of a number of malicious files by whoever had broken into his site.

Blog Defender

(Product image source: BlogDefender website)

This simple example shows that every website is valuable to hackers.

Blog Defender shows you where potential security weaknesses in your web site are …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress

And then shows you how to fix these quickly …

Blog Defender WordPress Security Solution

Blog Defender – Plugins

The product suite includes 3 plugins:

Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” in the Blog Defender product suite provides automated backups …

Blog Defender

(Source: BlogDefender.com)

Pro Plugin #1 “Automated Backups” lets you do secure site, file and data backups to your server, third-party servers and popular cloud-based storage solutions using a number of backup methods, perform complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating websites to new domains or server locations), do bulk text string replacements in databases, perform auto database scans and repairs, and more.

Plugin #2 provides WordPress security …

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress

(Screenshot: BlogDefender.com)

This plugin provides a range of essential website protection functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).

Pro Plugin # 3 lets you scan your files and content to detect whether any of your files have been altered, and repair any problems it finds …

Blog Defender Security Suite For WordPress

(Screenshot image: BlogDefender.com)

Plugin #3 “WP Scan & Repair” also scans content to see if any malicious scripts have been inserted into your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your hard work without reciprocating the favor).

Videos

In addition to the plugins, the Blog Defender security product suite also includes a number of video training guides plus PDF/DOC documentation that show you exactly what you need to do to protect your site from malicious attacks …

Blog Defender

(Screenshot image: BlogDefender website)

For more details, visit the plugin site here:

Benefits

Here are just a few of the benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your website:

Really Easy To Install

The plugins included with Blog Defender are very easy to install. Just upload them to your Plugin folder via your WordPress administrator section and activate.

Really Simple And Easy To Follow

Blog Defender can be used as a training product that will walk you through the website security process and show you exactly what to do, including how to set everything up, and even which WordPress plugins you can use for free to get things done without paying for additional expenses.

Some additional plugin benefits include the following:

  • Protect your website from hackers, spammers, bad bots, data miners and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for their own personal and financial gain.
  • Prevent Your Info Products From Being Freely Distributed – If you’re a digital product creator (e.g. downloadable e-books, video training, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on free downloading sites.
  • Avoid A Tragic Situation – When a website is hacked, expect to go through a great deal of frustration and aggravation. It can take days to uncover problems and sort through the issues these have caused. In the meantime, your, websites can get suspended by your webhost, or even blacklisted by search engines. Additionally, your contacts could end up being spammed, your customer list and financial details could be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.

Plugin Features

Blog Defender provides many features to web site owners.

Blog Defender provides fixes for all of the following 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
  • Hide WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
  • Anti-Comment Spam
  • Monitoring Files
  • Monitor Links
  • Block Known Offenders
  • Automate Core WP Updates
  • WordPress Security Audit
  • Tighten Server Security
  • Kick Out Policy
  • Reputation Checking
  • And More …

Blog Defender uses a logical process to help secure your site, addressing hosting security, using scanning and detection tools to quickly identify risky themes and plugins, and then implementing website-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.

Blog Defender Security Product Suite For WordPress

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

Feedback From Users

Here are some of the testimonials and feedback plugin customers have submitted regarding the Blog Defender security suite:

”Great way to secure your blog!” JohnThornhill – www.johnthornhill.com

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“Sure wish I’d had this before I lost over a dozen blogs just recently!” Kathe Lucas – www.wackycentral.com

Plugin Tips

According to the product’s website, no websites or blogs using Blog Defender were hacked since Blog Defender’s release in 2012.

Matt Garrett 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.”

Cybersecurity is is a constant game of cat and mouse and all security solutions are only as good as the information and tools developers presently can access. The latest release of Blog Defender provides users with an easier WordPress security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, is quite inexpensive and it’s as good if not better than most web 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, 30 day, complete refund guarantee.

Product Licensing Pricing

Blog Defender is normally available with a personal license only for use 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: Pricing details of the Blog Defender product can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. The pricing above was current when this article was written. This may or may not be the actual price set by the plugin developer when you visit the site and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.

Check the plugin’s website for the current pricing:

Additional Info

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

Our Recommendation

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

WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting essential maintenance tasks like keeping your WordPress installation, plugins and themes up-to-date, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your website to attacks by hackers and bots.

Blog Defender helps you learn what’s going on in your site and where the vulnerabilities are, what hosting companies can and can’t do to help prevent your sites being hacked or compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and how to avoid major security risks without costly solutions.

Secure Your WP Blog From Bots And Hackers

For more information, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender WordPress Security Product Suite

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