• Sun. Apr 18th, 2021

Block Brute Force Attacks To Your Websites

This weeks Plugin of the Week is a great up and coming security plugin for WordPress. This plugin is a relatively unknown plugin that is gaining considerable ground. While it has been out for a while, since about April of this year, it has not seen a large number of downloads until July and a considerable jump in October of this year.

Today we are talking about the Brute Protect Plugin.

BruteProtect

Plugin Version: 1.0.0.2b

WordPress Compatability: 3.8

Last Updated: 10-30-2013

Authors: Sam HotchkissRocco TripaldiStephen Quirk

Average 5-Star Rating: 5

 

BruteProtect is a cloud-powered Brute Force attack prevention plugin. We leverage the millions of WordPress sites to identify and block malicious IPs

 

BruteProtect tracks failed login attempts across all installed users of the plugin.  If any single IP has too many failed attempts in a short period of time, they are blocked from logging in to any site with this plugin installed. Once you install the plugin, you will need to get a free BruteProtect API key, which you can do directly from your WordPress dashboard.

 

This allows you to protect yourself against traditional brute force attacks AND distributed brute force attacks that use many servers and many IPs

 

Why we love BroteProtect

 

We love the concept that this plugin brings to the security world, Cloud Security. This perhaps has become a new niche in the security community and this plugin does its best to create security that not only affects one site but many.

 

For instance, we get a ton of login attempts to pages we do not even have public access for. This means that we also ban a ton of ip addresses simply based upon these attempts being intrusive and failing.

 

Using BruteProtect means that those users and ip address that are “banned” by the Brute Protect plugin will not be able to access our site AND any other site running the BruteProtect. plugin.

 

This means that now those systems cannot simply move from one site to another hoping to gain access. If you have a hundred websites with Brute Protect in place then you have effectively protected each site from the same user in one shot. This also helps other site owners by protecting them as well.

 

This plugin makes security a cloud based issue. This has the added benefit of taking away some of the processing power from your own website. Letting the Brute Force server take the brunt of having to process the bad guys.

 

As if this were not enough, the developers are providing top notch support for this plugin. With 20 of 24 support issues having been addressed over the last few months means they are keeping up to date and on top of things.

 

Having only 18k downloads for this plugin as of today seems quite low for such a plugin. We will be testing it further to make sure there are no major conflicts with other security options we use. You too should download it and check it out for yourself.

 

Grab BruteProtect from the WordPress.Org Repository here:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/bruteprotect/

Derek Wood

Derek is a Online Web Professional. He works with clients and customers in order to implement Web-Based solutions for businesses. These include websites, SEO, marketing, and company branding. His own company, Shadow Dragon Unlimited has been providing these services to local businesses in his Western Massachusetts area and online since 2003.