This is the third time this problem has happened to me, but this time I tracked it to Wordfence. So I am hopeful of a solution, eventually.
I develop locally on XAMPP. Normally everything runs fine, sometimes weeks a time. Then one morning I’ll come in and be totally locked out of my local site with the familiar “Connected Reset” error message. Previously I would reinstall WP, reload from a backup, and manually replace my work since the last backup.
This time I managed to find references to WF on the net, and am VERY happy to report that renaming the wordfence directory allowed me to log in as normal. I like Wordfence. I love getting those email reports once in a while about what’s happening on my demo server up in the cloud.
For this problem:
– It occurs to me that I lost my home internet connection for a few minutes yesterday morning. That’s the only unusual thing that I can think of that might have triggered the problem. But the site worked fine for the rest of the day. Maybe something happened overnight? Maybe WF does a daily action when the timestamp passes midnight, and picked up the lost internet connection glitch? Just struggling for ideas here…
– I loaded wordfence assistant, disabled wordfence firewall as instructed, renamed the wordfence dir back to normal, and got Connection Reset lockout immediately. So the assistant is not working in my case. So probably I’ll have to delete the whole WF plugin and start the security config process over again.
But before I do that, can anything be done with my current WF directory to find out what settings actually blocked me out? What security settings I should beware of when I reconfigure it? Or maybe a fix for the assistant so that it lets me rename my wordfence directory to normal, to see what’s going on? Thank you
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