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WordPress Simple Security Firewall

Complete and Easy-To-Use WordPress Security. Unrestricted Access. No Premium Features.

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

How does the Simple Security Firewall compare with other WordPress Security Plugins?

Simple, we're just better! ;)

We don't have a pay-wall - there is no premium version. You get everything that we develop on this plugin.

Secondly, we don't modify a single core WordPress or web hosting file. This is important and explains why randomly you upgrade your security plugin and your site dies.

Ideally you shouldn't use this along side other Anti-SPAM plugins or security plugins. If there is a feature you need, please feel free to suggest it in the support forums.

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

This plugin is an application layer firewall, not a server/network firewall. It is designed to interpret web calls to your site to look for attempts to circumvent it and gain unauthorized access.

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 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.

What changes go into each version?

The changelog outlines the main changes for each release. We group changes by minor release "Series". Changes in smaller "point" releases are highlighted using (v.1) notation. So for example, version 4.4.1 will have changelog items appended with (v.1)

Can I assist with development?

Yes! We actively develop our plugin on Github and the best thing you can do is submit pull request and bug reports which we'll review.

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

How does the 2-factor authentication work?

2-Factor Authentication is best described here.

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: 4.2
Last Updated: 2015-2-27
Active Installs: 10,000+

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Support

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