Support » Plugin: BBQ Firewall » BBQ and BulletProof Security Pro

  • Resolved JD

    (@jutta0303)


    Hello,

    I have a question around how BBQ works with other security plugins—if it does at all. A few years back, our organization was running into some security issues with our websites and it was clear that we had to get something going that would secure our sites from attacks.

    At this point we found your plugin and started using it; like you describe it, it’s very lightweight and doesn’t require any attention at all except for regular version updates. At this time, we also found another plugin called BulletProof Security Pro—it’s a premium plugin and we installed it on all of our WordPress sites along with BBQ. It seems that both BBQ and BulletProof Security Pro offer an .htaccess firewall.

    I’m now wondering if you can tell me whether BBQ offers functionality that BulletProof Security Pro may not be offering. In other words, I want to make sure I’m not using plugins redundantly. We’re happy with BulletProof Security Pro and BBQ, but I’m wondering if BBQ may not be adding functionality to BulletProof Security Pro.

    Thank you for any thoughts you can provide!

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  • Plugin Author Jeff Starr

    (@specialk)

    Glad to help:

    1) “It seems that both BBQ and BulletProof Security Pro offer an .htaccess firewall.”

    Incorrect. BBQ uses absolutely no .htaccess whatsoever. It is entirely WP API / PHP.

    2) “I’m wondering if BBQ may not be adding functionality to BulletProof Security Pro.”

    BBQ provides its own unique firewall rules based on my research with nG-series Firewall (e.g., 7G Firewall et al). Other security plugins may provide similar rules but for the most part BBQ provides a unique set of patterns to protect your site against attacks.

    Let me know if I can provide any further infos, glad to do so.

    Thread Starter JD

    (@jutta0303)

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the super fast reply!

    1) Hah, thanks for setting me straight there. I don’t know what I was thinking; I got confused. You’re right, you do say that people that cannot use an .htaccess firewall, should use BBQ!

    Since we do use an .htaccess firewall (through BulletProof Security Pro), do you think we need BBQ as well?

    It does sound like BBQ does something different from BulletProof Security Pro, and could potentially add security to our sites.

    2) Thank you for that. I did just see in your FAQ mention “And yes, there is benefit to using BBQ with any other security plugin, including Wordfence. They protect against different threats, so using both means you are extra secure.” That makes me think, it is possible that it’s adding security to our site besides what BulletProof Security Pro is doing.

    3) How exactly does BBQ do what it does—if it doesn’t add code to the .htaccess file… how does it operate? I’m so curious now!

    Thank you again!!

    Plugin Author Jeff Starr

    (@specialk)

    1) “Since we do use an .htaccess firewall (through BulletProof Security Pro), do you think we need BBQ as well?”

    It’s not about the location/method of the firewall. It’s about the rules that are contained therein. Other plugins provide their own rules. BBQ likewise provides its own rules. There is gonna be some overlap but they are mostly different so you get extra protection.

    3) “How exactly does BBQ do what it does—if it doesn’t add code to the .htaccess file… how does it operate? I’m so curious now!”

    Basically it checks each request against a set of patterns. If any patterns match, the request is blocked.

    Thread Starter JD

    (@jutta0303)

    Alrighty, then! Thank you so much again, Jeff. Really appreciate your super fast feedback. I think that answers my questions!

    Plugin Author Jeff Starr

    (@specialk)

    Sure thing! Glad to help anytime.

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