How to Limit Login Attempts in WordPress: A Quick Guide for Beginners
All site owners, WordPress or otherwise, need to take certain measures to protect their site. Otherwise, their site is going to be at risk from hackers, spammers, and more. One easy way of stopping brute force attacks on your site is to implement limited login attempts. If a visitor’s login attempt fails a certain number of times, he would be blocked from attempting to log in for a certain amount of time. It sounds simple but it’s surprisingly effective. In this article, we are going to show you how to limit login attempts in WordPress. For this, we are going to be using a plugin.
How to Limit Login Attempts in WordPress?
First of all, you will have to install the Limit Login Attempts Reloaded Plugin. It’s a simple and easy-to-use plugin that is going to get things done without any hassle. If you aren’t sure how that is done, check out our helpful article on installing WordPress plugins. Once you’ve installed and activated it, use your Admin Sidebar to go to Settings>>Limit Login Attempts.
At the top, you will be able to see the statistics. Underneath that, you can alter the various options for the plugin. You can toggle the GDPR Compliance on and off, which is quite handy. Below that, you can set the number of retries allowed and the length of the lockout. You can also have the lockout time increase after a set number of retries. Underneath, you will be able to input the number of hours it takes for the retries to be reset.
Through the Notify on Lockout options, you can choose to have a lockout log. You can also have an email notification sent to you after a set number of lockouts.
If you scroll down, you will be able to enter users into the Whitelist or the Blacklist. Once you’re done setting everything up, just click on Save Changes and you’re good to go.
Now if you check, you will see that your site now limits login attempts as you’ve specified.
Wrapping it Up:
And that’s all there is to it. You should now know how to limit login attempts in WordPress without any issues. Using this plugin, you will be able to not only limit the login attempts but you can even assign the intervals to your liking. It’s easy to use and does its job effectively. We hope you found this article to be helpful. If you have anything to say, feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
WordPress security is no joke. Unless you take steps to ensure the security of your site, you leave yourself open to a lot of threats. For starters, you can take a look at our article on the best WordPress security plugins. We also have some other articles which can show you how to hide your WordPress login page and how to password protect a WordPress page or post.
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