Smart Security Tools

Plugin includes integration of VirusTotal and Sucuri Free Security Scanners (shows malware on the website and blacklisting status on major security related websites). Plugin includes database based Security Log that can log different event types you can use to detemerime problems, potential attacks and exploits, IP’s used for access, referers, user agents… You can ban IP’s from Security Log.

 

Security Advisor will help you get started

Plugin offers tips on what you need to improve on your website. Based on the status of tips on this panel, plugin will calculate security percentage. It is important to follow all recommended tips and as much as you need optional tips.

Collection of easy to use security tweaks

General tweaks are easy to set up, and you can solve many security issues directly with these. Some of these tweaks, if active will also log security events into database.

List of general tweaks
  • Remove X-Pingback Header (v2.7)
  • Remove XML-RPC Pingback methods (v2.7)
  • Remove script and styles versions (v2.0)
  • Prevent access to banned IP’s (v1.5)
  • Prevent SQL injections
  • Prevent too long URL’s
  • Simple registration honeypot
  • Remove errors from login screen
  • Restrict username length
  • Remove username from comments CSS classes
  • Remove WordPress version
  • Remove RSD link
  • Remove WLW manifest link
  • Disable XML-RPC

Collection of powerful .htaccess enhancements

Most important security features are implemented using .htaccess file in the WordPress root directory. This is available only for Apache (and LiteSpeed) based web servers.

List of .htaccess tweaks
  • Deny POST requests using HTTP 0.9 or 1.0 (v2.2)
  • Prevent WordPress installation directory browsing
  • Disable the Server Signature on server error pages
  • Deny all comments requests with no valid referer
  • Prevent access to WordPress root system files
  • Ban access to IP’s banned in Security Log
  • Ban access to additional listed IP’s
  • Limit body size of a single request and file upload size
  • Prevent access to XML-RPC due to Pingback Vulnerability
  • Disable Trace and Track request methods
  • Blacklist Query Strings using listed rules
  • Blacklist Request Strings using listed rules
  • Blacklist User Agents using listed rules

Security Log adds two database tables to log all sorts of security related events. For each event you will get information about user (or visitor), IP, user agent, referer and other information depending on event that can help you track sources of new security probes or attacks. You can ban IP addresses through the security log panel.

Analyze security logs for IP’s thread level

Since version 1.5 of the plugin, new panel is added where you can see aggregated log results for individual IP’s with estimated threat level based on number of logged events and events type. This will help you decide if the IP should be banned. Some of the actions logged are potentially malicious and they are marked in the plugin settings.

List of events types logged by plugin
  • Login / Logout / Login Error
  • User Profile / Password Changed
  • Registration / Registration Honeypot
  • SQL Injection URL / Too Long URL
  • Error 404 – PHP, Query, Web File, Media, Script
  • Plugin Activated / Deactivated
  • Plugin / Theme / Core Upgrade Completed
  • Access Robots.txt File
Additional log options to identify event source
  • IP Geolocation
  • IP WhoIS

Security emails notification system

Plugin can send daily and weekly digest emails with overview of logged events and IP’s. Also, some events can generate email notifications. Most important notification is malicious alert email sent when number of logged malicious events reaches set number in specified time period (200 events in the past 30 minutes is default).

Other Plugin Features Included

  • User accounts registration control
  • Save user last activity time and page
  • WordPress toolbar Security Menu
  • Change ‘admin’ username if exists
  • Change any username
  • Export and Import settings
  • Support for Multisite WordPress mode