All In One WP Security And Firewall User Login helps you setup the following options login lockdown, force logout, login retry and much more.
Last Updated: April 2, 2019
Latest News: I updated a link in the end of the documentation.
User login is important to sites for administrators. It is also import if you allow user registration via WP Users. This at the same time allows hackers to attack the login page via brute force. In the login page, the attackers will attempt to repeat the login by trying to guess the password. They will carry out this action until they succeed. This is considered a brute force attack. By enabling all or some of the following features in the plugin you will reduce and stop these forced attacks.
Apart from choosing strong passwords, monitoring and blocking IP addresses which are involved in repeated login failures in a short period of time is a very effective way to stop these types of attacks. Remember that constant attempts are you login page will also affect your servers performance.
Note: Currently the plugin does not support IPV6 addresses for login lock down. Please read the following forum post. This is something the developers are currently working on.
All In One WP Security And Firewall User Login
Step 1 ) Click on the WP Security -> User Login to set up the following security settings. See images below.
Note: Go to WP Security -> Dashboard -> Locked IP Addresses tab to see any IP addresses which is temporarily locked out due to the Login Lockdown feature.
- Login Lockdown
- Failed Login Records
- Force Logout
- Account Activity Logs
- Logged In Users
Step 2 ) Go to WP Security -> User Login -> Login Lockdown to set up the following options. See image below.
This will add another 20 points score towards your security meter. (Basic Security Level)
Login Lockdown Part 1
- Enable Login Lockdown Feature
- Allow Unlock Requests
- Max Login Attempts = If you get too many lockouts from your users login in, then you might consider enabling Allow Unlock Request.
- Login Retry Time Period (min)
- Time Length of Lockout (min)
Remember: Always check your Account Activity Logs and Logged In Users to know more about what’s happening on your sites admin panel. Checking Logged In Users can be handy. If anyone is logged in, you can notify them if you are going to carry out any updating on your site.
Step 2-a ) The following image allows you to set up the following options.
Login Lockdown Part 2
- Display Generic Error Message = Check the following steps Step 2-b ) and Step 2-c ) below for more information.
- Instantly Lockout Invalid Usernames
- Instantly Lockout Specific Usernames = In this example the following usernames have been added to the list admin, www, bpm-go, bpmgo. This features comes in handy when you keep getting too many strange usernames trying to log into your site.
- Notify By Email
- Click on Save Settings button once you have completed the set up.
Step 2-b ) The following image displays WordPress default error message.
Step 2-c ) The following image displays a generic message when the following feature Display Generic Error Message is enabled.
Step 2-c ) Go to WP Security -> User Login -> Login Lockdown -> Login Lockdown IP Whitelist Settings to set up the following options. See image below.
- Enable Login Lockdown IP Whitelist
- Enter Whitelisted IP Addresses
Troubleshooting Login Lockdown
The following error message is displayed when someone has been locked out of your site when the following feature Enable Login Lockdown Feature is enabled.
ERROR: Access from your IP address has been blocked for security reasons. Please contact the administrator.
Solution: (Provided by wpsolutions in the forum)
– manually deactivate this plugin via FTP or log into your server and temporarily rename the plugin’s folder. Then once you are logged into your site, you can rename the folder back to it’s original name and unlock your self from the “Locked IP Addresses” tab in the aiowps dashboard menu.
1) If you have the login white list feature enabled? Try editing the .htaccess file manually and delete the block of code for that feature. (look for the markers “#AIOWPS_LOGIN_WHITELIST_START/END”)
2) Using PHPMyAdmin, go to the “aiowps_permanent_block” table and check if your IP address is listed in it. If it is delete that row.
3) Do the same as step 2) above for the table called “aiowps_login_lockdown“
Failed Login Records
Step 3 ) Go to WP Security -> User Login -> Failed Login Records. The following image displays a record from a failed login. This options helps keep track of what is going on on the back end of your website. You can choose to delete all obsolete records.
Failed Login Records Information
- Login IP Range
- User ID
Step 3-a ) The following image Export to CSV and Delete All Failed Login Records allow you to carry out the following options.
- Export to a CSV file all login records.
- You can delete all failed login records.
Troubleshooting Failed Login Records
Q1 How do I fix the following fatal error message when I go to view the failed login records?
Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 134217728 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 90 bytes) in /sata1/home/users/malynrada/www/www.malyn-rada.gov.ua/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1889.
Solution: Check the following support thread for a possible solution.
Step 4 ) Go to WP Security -> User Login -> Force Logout. The following security option is very useful. If you don’t want your users to stay logged in for too long you can set the time here in minutes. I have set this up to 60 minutes “1 hour”. This will add another 5 points score towards your security meter. (Basic Security Level)
Account Activity Logs
Step 5 ) Go to WP Security -> User Login -> Account Activity Logs tab to check all the activities for the WordPress admin accounts registered in your website.
- You can export the log files into a CSV file.
Step 6 ) Go to WP Security -> User Login -> Current Logged In Users tab to check all the users that are currently logged into your website and allows you to Force Logout the user especially if you think or know it is a suspicious user. The following information is displayed for your purusal.
- User ID = Force Logout
- Login Name
- IP Address
Click on the following link User Registration to continue configuring the plugins settings.
If you have any questions please let me know
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