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WordPress Simple Firewall

Complete and Simple WordPress Security. Unrestricted, Easy, No Premium Features.

Please see the new help centre for details on features and some FAQs.

My server has a firewall, why do I need this plugin?

This plugin is more of an application firewall, rather than a server/network firewall. It is designed to interpret web calls to your site to look for and find attempts to circumvent it and gain unauthorized access or cause damage.

Your network firewall is designed to restrict access to your server based on certain types of network traffic. The WordPress Simple Firewall is designed to restrict access to your site, based on certain type of web calls.

How does the IP Whitelist work?

Any IP address that is on the whitelist will not be subject to any of the firewall scanning/processing. This setting takes priority over all other settings.

Does the IP Whitelist/Blacklist support IP ranges?

Yes. To specify a range you do something like: 192.168.1.10-192.168.1.20

I've locked myself out from my own site!

This happens when any the following 3 conditions are met:

  • you have added your IP address to the firewall blacklist,
  • you have enabled 2 factor authentication and email doesn't work on your site (and you haven't chosen the override option)

You can completely turn OFF (and ON) the WordPress Simple Firewall by creating a special file in the plugin folder.

Here's how:

  1. Open up an FTP connection to your site, browse to the plugin folder /wp-content/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/
  2. Create a new file in here called: "forceOff".
  3. Load any page on your WordPress site.
  4. After this, you'll find your WordPress Simple Firewall has been switched off.

If you want to turn the firewall on in the same way, create a file called "forceOn".

Remember: If you leave one of these files on the server, it will override your on/off settings, so you should delete it when you no longer need it.

Which takes precedence... whitelist or blacklist?

Whitelist. So if you have the same address in both lists, it'll be whitelisted and allowed to pass before the blacklist comes into effect.

How does the pages/parameters whitelist work?

It is a comma-separated list of pages and parameters. A NEW LINE should be taken for each new page name and its associated parameters.

The first entry on each line (before the first comma) is the page name. The rest of the items on the line are the parameters.

The following are some simple examples to illustrate:

edit.php, featured

On the edit.php page, the parameter with the name 'featured' will be ignored.

admin.php, url, param01, password

Any parameters that are passed to the page ending in 'admin.php' with the names 'url', 'param01' and 'password' will be excluded from the firewall processing.

*, url, param, password

Putting a star first means that these exclusions apply to all pages. So for every page that is accessed, all the parameters that are url, param and password will be ignored by the firewall.

How does the login cooldown work?

When enabled the plugin will prevent more than 1 login attempt to your site every "so-many" seconds. So if you enable a login cooldown of 60 seconds, only 1 login attempt will be processed every 60 seconds. If you login incorrectly, you wont be able to attempt another login for a further 60 seconds.

More Info: http://icwp.io/2t

How does the GASP login protection work?

This is best described on the blog: http://icwp.io/2u

How does the 2-factor authentication work?

Best described here: http://icwp.io/2v

I'm getting an update message although I have auto update enabled?

The Automatic (Background) WordPress updates happens on a WordPress schedule - it doesn't happen immediately when an update is detected. You can either manually upgrade, or WordPress will handle it in due course.

Requires: 3.2.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.9.1
Last Updated: 2014-7-1
Downloads: 61,593

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