WordPress is the most popular CMS and the number of installations keeps growing. The popularity of WordPress makes it an easy target for hackers.. To avoid such issues, you can protect your WordPress dashboard by restricting certain IP addressesss.
You can add the following code to your .htaccess file inside the wp-admin directory.
# Replace the below x.x.x.x with your IP address #
allow from x.x.x.x
deny from all
There are also plugins that serve the same purpose.
Plugins to restrict IP Address from WordPress Dashboard
WP ban allows you to block or ban specific IP address or an entire IP range. It will display a custom ban message when the banned IP/ range tries to visit your blog. It will also keep a record of how many times the restricted IP address or Ip ranges visit your blog.
1) Install and activate the WP Ban plugin.
2) On your WordPress dashboard, select the Ban menu under settings.
You can enter the IP address, IP address range, Banned message, etc. Once you are done customizing, save changes at the bottom.
IP Ban is a security plugin used for protecting websites from unwanted IP addresses or user agents. You can add IP addresses or user agents creating your own blacklist.
1) Install and activate IP Ban plugin.
2) On your WordPress dashboard, select the simple IP Ban menu under settings.
You can enter the IP address, User Agent List that you want to ban. You may specify a redirect url, when a user from a banned ip/user agent accesses your site, the user will be redirected to the specified URL.
You can also install plugins like Limit Login Attempts, Simple Security, etc to protect your WordPress dashboard. Limit Login Attempts plugin allows for you to block IP address from making further attempts after a particular limit is reached. Simple Security Plugin for WordPress is an Access Log to track Logins and Failed Login Attempts for the admin area of your WordPress website.
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