Brute force attacks are a common occurrence and a nightmare for any website owner. Once an intruder breaks into your admin area, they might hijack your site, inject malware, or steal your users’ personal information. Therefore, it’s worth learning about WordPress brute force protection to keep your site secure.
A brute force attack typically involves bots attempting to log in to your site by testing countless username and password combinations in hopes of guessing a correct combination. Fortunately, there are several preventative measures you can take to disrupt such malicious activities.
This article will discuss five ways you can implement WordPress brute force protection on your site. Let’s jump right in!
Tactics for WordPress brute force protection
Here are the five tactics that we’ll cover:
- Hide your login page
- Use two-factor authentication
- Use a WordPress firewall
- Update WordPress regularly
- Use a strong password
1. Hide your WordPress login page
Your WordPress login page is where you enter your credentials each time you want to access your admin dashboard. For instance, if you want to log in to yourdomain.com, you can typically do so at yourdomain.com/wp-login.php. It’s a default URL structure in WordPress, which, unfortunately, intruders can guess easily.
One way to make hackers’ lives more difficult is to change your default WordPress login URL to something less obvious. However, we would not recommend doing it manually, as messing with your .php files could break your site (unless you’re an expert).
Fortunately, you can use a plugin such as WPS Hide Login, which enables you to rename your login URL without touching any core files. You can also return to your default settings at any time by deactivating the plugin.
You can follow our guide on how to hide the login page with WPS Hide Login to set this up.
Note that this technique alone is not enough to protect your site from brute force attacks. However, it can be highly effective combined with the precautions below.
2. Add two-factor authentication (2FA) to your site
Once you’ve hidden your login page, it’s worth adding two-factor authentication (2FA) to secure your site. This method prevents unauthorized access, thanks to additional verification steps users must complete before logging in.
For instance, suppose an intruder got hold of your credentials. With 2FA measures in place, you would have an extra security layer protecting your site from unauthorized access, such as confirming a user’s identity with a code sent to them via email or SMS. It’s unlikely that the hacker will have all these details at hand, which spares you from a potential break-in.
You can implement this method with trusted security plugins such as miniOrange. This handy tool offers multiple options, such as verification
This article was written by John Hughes and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.