Prevent Brute Force Attacks
We want to show you how to prevent brute force attacks on your WordPress sites as it can be attacked in a variety of ways. One of the more common is through a “brute force attack”. This is a hacking method that focuses on your login page and credentials. Brute force software will essentially guess your username and password with repeated login attempts through software. A brute force attack is a guessing game on the part of the attacker.
Since WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems online today it can be a target for brute force attacks. As a site administrator, you should take every precaution to protect your website. While it is impossible to protect against every hazard, you can take steps to make it harder to access your site in general.
Basic steps to protect your website include:
Use a strong password. Using a strong, uncommon password makes a huge difference. If you want your password to be hard to guess, you should create one that is easy to remember, but unique enough that a brute force script won’t be able to guess it in the first place.
User a different ‘admin’ username. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good WordPress admin password and username combination.
3. Use plugins that help prevent Brute Force Attacks. Many plugins have been created to help protect from these types of attacks. Many of these plugins are available for free from the WordPress Plugin Directory. Again, always keep your WordPress installation and plugins up to date.
4. Secure your wp-admin area. It’s a well known fact that using a SSL on your website not only helps with SEO but also with security. Once you have an ssl installed, you can force your admin area to use https very easily.
There is no doubt that your website and content are important to you, you want to protect your site while maintaining access for the general public. Brute force attacks threaten your content and you should be concerned about them. By using the above methods, either through better encryption or a combination of login protection with security plugins you’ll proactively deter most brute force attacks. WordPress also offers several plugins that can help protect your site against a brute force attack. Many of the essential security plugins will have login protection and brute force protection built into their functionality, including limiting login attempts.
So, do your research and protect your site at every level to prevent brute force attacks. Stronger encryption and security means that hackers have to work harder to get to your data and your site will stand up to most attacks with these steps.