Prevent WordPress brute force attacks with BruteProtect

When running a website, especially with the increase in brute force attacks against WordPress sites, it is important to protect yourself. Thankfully, BruteProtect will allow you to easily and automatically block attacks. As BruteProtect stores known attack sources in its database, many attacks are stopped before they even begin. In this article, we will show you how to prevent WordPress brute force attacks using BruteProtect.

Installing BruteProtect

  1. Begin by logging into your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Add New Plugins screen

    Next, hover over Plugins on the left side admin menu, and click on Add New.

  3. Enter BruteProtect in search box

    Inside the search box at the top right of the page, enter BruteProtect and press the Enter key on your keyboard to search the WordPress plugin directory.

  4. Plugin search results page

    You should now see your search results. To begin installing, click the Install Now button within the BruteProtect result.

  5. Plugin successfully installed message

    WordPress will now automatically handle the download and installation of the Brute Protect plugin. Once complete, click on Activate Plugin to ensure that the plugin is activated.

Configuring BruteProtect

BruteProtect is extremely easy to configure. In this section, we will walk you through fully configuring BruteProtect.

  1. BruteProtect API Key generation

    To begin configuration, click on the BruteProtect menu item to the left side of the screen. You will then be prompted to obtain an API key. Here, simply enter your email address and click Start protecting my site.

  2. BruteProtect installation step 2

    Next, BruteProtect will ask for permission to remotely update and monitor your site. Select the checkbox on this page and click Save Settings. Allowing remote access to their WordPress site can be scary for some people, but BruteProtect is owned by Automattic, the creators of WordPress, so there’s no need to worry. Your information is completely safe.

  3. BruteProtect dashboard

    While BruteProtect is now active and protecting your site, we like to be able to see stats directly from the dashboard. To do so, on the BruteProtect configuration screen, there is an access token field. To generate an access token, click on Generate your access token directly below the entry field.

  4. Connect BruteProtect to

    You should now see a page asking you to connect using your account. Click on the Connect with button.

  5. Authorize BruteProtect

    You will then be prompted to authorize BruteProtect to log you in using Click the Authorize button.

  6. Click Orange button

    You will now be presented with your access token. Copy the access token and store it in a safe place as you will need to enter it later. Then, click the orange button that says Thanks, I’ve copied my access token.

  7. BruteProtect dashboard with Access Token entered

    You should have been sent back to the BruteProtect configuration page. Within the Access Token field, enter your access token that you just received, and click Link this site.

BruteProtect dashboard

If these steps were followed correctly, you should now see that BruteProtect is fully working to prevent brute force attacks on your site, as well as statistics are being displayed.

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