Support » Plugin: WP GEO Website Protection (by SiteGuarding.com) » Works well but can have unintended effects

  • Still giving false positives even my own Facebook links get identified as the Russian Federation!
    So can’t recommend at version 1.9 but with a bit of bug fixing could be very useful. Unfortunately as the page presented stops real customers I can’t leave it active for further debugging by Siteguarding.
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    As a further update – it appears the unintentional IP blocking of UK addresses was caused by a caching issue. Siteguarding logged in and fixed locally. Apparently it will be included in their next official release I was using ver 1.9 and W3 Total Cache.
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    Ok I’ve revised my review. It appears that selecting the Russian Federation blocks some UK IP addresses though on an IP lookup and talk with Siteguarding confirmed they are Russian based which is confusing. Maybe it’s a proxy somehow? The banner presented is a little unfriendly and would be nice to be able to put our own text.
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    I’ve been using Siteguarding antivirus plugin in conjuntion with WP Total Security plugin for some time. In the Wp Total Security failed user login logs I see constant probing attempts trying to gain access to admin. These seem to be adaptive and make three attempts before waiting a number of hours and trying again. Hence they don’t always get automatically locked out. Using WP Total security WhoIs IP lookup tool they are almost always Ukranian based IPs and whilst I had been blacklisting individual ones as they keep changing a broader approach was needed.
    I realised that Siteguarding had this Geo Protection addon, and as a side effect of using their paid Antivirus it turns out I have a full version license.
    Having installed last night and blocked Ukrane based IPs I can see that 1) – I have no more probing failed login attempts in WP Total Security logs and 2) from the Geo logs I can see that certainly the Ukranian IP was attempting to access a library upload url.
    So for me it’s worked perfectly.
    Looking at previous reviews the comments seem a little unfair – the free version allows up to 15 countries to be blocked based on user selection and the Siteguarding url logo can be removed by unchecking the display Siteguarding logo box in settings.
    I’m not paid by them, but surely for everyone web security has to be a priority and this seems to provide a simple and useful addition to block known hacking countries.
    Wp Total Security have a similar paid addon and I would have been willing to pay for that but as I already have Siteguarding I went for that option.

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