In the Feature Spotlight posts, we will highlight a feature in the iThemes Security Pro plugin and share a bit about why we developed the feature, who the feature is for, and how to use the feature.
Today we will cover Away Mode, a cool feature to create “hours of operation” for your WordPress admin login.
Why Should I Use Away Mode?
Most of us start and stop are workdays at generally the same time every day. But, like most things online, our WordPress login is available 24 hrs a day.
So even though we aren’t going to be logging into our websites during our sleeping hours, hackers are still able to attempt their brute force attacks while we dream.
The WordPress login is the most attacked and potentially the most vulnerable part of any WordPress website. This is why it seems crazy that our WordPress login is active and open for business even when we aren’t.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could temporarily disable the WordPress logins during our off hours? Away mode provides a safe and easy way to lockdown your WordPress admin login during the hours you won’t be accessing it.
What is Away Mode?
The Away Mode feature in iThemes Security Pro allows you to set hours of operation for your WordPress login.
As we mentioned earlier, there are hours in the day that we know legitimate users won’t need access to our website’s backend. Away Mode allows us to disable access to the WordPress Dashboard for the specified period.
If an attacker tries to access your WP login while Away Mode is active, they will be redirected to your website’s homepage without ever having a chance to enter a username or password.
How to Set Up Away Mode in iThemes Security
To get started using Away Mode, enable the module on the main page of the security settings. Next, click the Configure Settings button to take a look at the Away Mode options.
Away Mode Schedule
The Away Mode module will display the time based on your WordPress timezone settings. If your the time displayed isn’t correct, be sure to update your website’ss time settings before creating an Away Mode schedule.
You will find 3 settings to help you configure your Away Mode schedule.
- Type of Restriction – You can have the option to set Away Mode as a single occurrence or to repeat daily.
This article was written by Michael Moore and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.