Being a blogger, our site is everything for us, and if it isn’t secure then we lose not only our blog or website but also, our hard work, reputation (if the hacker misuses it), business etc. This post is about a plugin which can provide security from intruders who try to break your website through brute force technique (i.e., different combinations of password).
Limit login attempts is a WordPress plugin which is free of cost, yet a valuable one as it provides security to your WordPress website.
Why is Limit Login attempts plugin needed?
We should always carefully allocate budget to our plugin section in our wp blog or site else we would end up self-screwing the site which we are trying to protect. But, this plugin is not any other plugin which might not be useful because it provides security for your blog from intruders or Hackers who are trying to access your website.
How can this protect me?
As the name suggests, this plugin would try to limit the number of failure login attempts to your blog so that people don’t actually reach your account or intrude into your account. How do they do that? You can set this filter yourself i.e., you can modify the settings to block a user through their IP address temporarily if they enter the wrong password more than thrice.
Blocking IP is referred to as Lockout and if more than three lockouts occur through same IP address then it can be permanently blocked.
Can a free tool provide me security?
It is still true that some of the precious items are still FREE and this plugin also comes under that category. The creator of the plugin wanted to service the bloggers through their limit login attempts plugin. I have been using this plugin since some time and I am amazed to see that how many intruders are trying to log in into my WordPress account.
Please find those details in the below screen shot. If you have noticed, my site had 62 lockouts due to wrong login attempts and through Limit login attempts plugin I successfully blocked those intruders. The IP and username information hackers used to log in would be provided to you in the plugin.
Steps to use this plugin
- Install the plugin – Limit Login Attempts
- Activate the plugin
- You can access the plugin using -> WordPress Menu -> Settings -> Limit Login Attempts.
- Set up the parameters for the plugin to start blocking users temporarily and permanently
- Number of allowed entries – 4 is OK
- Number of minutes after every lockout (temporary blocking) – 20 min
- After consecutive lockouts, what should be the lockout time. – 24 hrs after 4 lockouts
- You can set a notify option after a given number of lockouts.
- That’s it done, Sit back and relax.
Warning: You have to be careful when you are logging into your WordPress account through your id from another machine where you have to type your password because if you make any typos and enter the wrong password you will also be considered as an intruder and would be locked out.
Do share your experience after using this plugin with me through comments 🙂
Your site is very secure now compared to before.
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Bye… Take care…Tags: blogging tips and tricks, secure blogging, wordpress plugins