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[resolved] Tried to secure site and lost access to dashboard (7 posts)

  1. Jules Ober
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi - I was reading an article about how easy it is for hackers to get into WP and had noticed that many of the ip accessing my site were in Russia, so I went through WP tutorials to try to better secure my site. This was yesterday and today the site is viewable, but I can't access my dashboard (message says Page Not Found)
    I was gettting lots of spam, so activated AKISMET.
    I tried password protecting my admin folder, but this stopped the site from working, so removed the password.
    I changed permissions on wp-admin, & wp-includes to make them writable by me only.
    I installed MVIS Security Center (Plugin) and started going through their recommended changes.
    I have mucked things up somehow but don't know where!! Help!
    Wordpress is easy enough until you get into stuff like this. Aaaargh

  2. Aaron
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I would start by deactivating all plugins manually via FTP and try again.

  3. Jules Ober
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Aaron
    I de-activated all plugins via Cpanel but still no joy.

  4. shadez
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    could be the password protection thing you did.. what exactly did you do? any permission changes?

  5. Jules Ober
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I right clicked on my wp-admin folder and selected password protect. I went through the process of adding a password, but then my site was inaccessible, so I removed the password via the same route and the site was working again.

    I changed permissions on wp-admin, & wp-includes to make them writable by me only.

    I used the MVIS security Centre plugin to start to address some of the security issues it had detected. I think I only changed the permissions above. I can't quite remember and can't access the MVIS dashboard now that I'm locked out of my site's backend.

  6. shadez
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    check if file permission of /wp-admin is set to 755 and all files within (esp index.php) are set to 644.
    does /wp-login.php take you to dashboard instead of accessing via /wp-admin?

  7. Jules Ober
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    THANKS! The permissions for /wp-admin were 754 instead of 755. All fixed.

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