Did you know that WordPress powers 26 percent of the web?
It’s true. WordPress is one of the web’s premier publishing platforms and content management systems.
It’s easy to learn, intuitive, user-friendly and allows you to create a professional looking website even if you lack any formal web design skills. So it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
Unfortunately, this also makes it a prime target for cyber criminals.
But you can improve the security of your WordPress site significantly by using a plugin called Login LockDown.
Preventing Brute Force Attacks
Hackers tend to go for the low-hanging fruit and will naturally take the path of least resistance. As a result, one of the most common types of attacks is a brute force attack.
Cloudways explains, “A brute force attack is the simplest method to gain access to a site or server (or anything that is password protected). It tries various combinations of usernames and passwords again and again until it gets in. This repetitive action is like an army attacking a fort.”
But if you can protect your legal site against plugin vulnerabilities and brute force attacks, you’re accounting for more than 70 percent of the security problem. So this should obviously be a point of emphasis. If you can accomplish that, you should be in pretty good shape.
Using Login LockDown
That’s where Login LockDown comes in. It’s a plugin that was specifically designed to stop hackers from gaining access to your WordPress site and implements simple yet effective tactics for doing so.
Here’s how it works.
You determine how many login attempts you’ll give a particular user before they’re locked out. The default will block someone for an hour after three failed login attempts within a five minute period.
It also records the user’s IP address and timestamps every failed login attempt. This means that you will have a record of any questionable behavior for easy reference and makes it easier to trace the activity.
The developer also explains, “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.”
It’s really quite ingenious. If anything seems out of place and a hacker tries to gain unauthorized entry to your legal site, they’ll be locked out. Besides that, there’s always a trail to trace any nefarious activity.
The best part is that it’s super easy to install and use. At the moment, it has over 200,000 installs and a 4.5 rating, meaning that this plugin is both popular and well-trusted.
Protecting Your Legal Site
With brute force attacks being such a major concern, this plugin is an excellent solution. It gives you a much higher level of administrative control where you can keep close tabs on who’s trying to login to your WordPress site.
So if you have yet to implement a formal defense system, this is certainly something to consider and can spare you a lot of headaches in the future.