May 282012
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan
Plugin URL:https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

Plugin Author: Wordfence
WordPress profile: Wordfence

Plugin version: 7.0.5
Last updated: February 14, 2018 (6 days ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.9.4
Downloaded: 62,464,479
Rating: 5 (out of 5)


Description

THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS FIREWALL & SECURITY SCANNER

Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.

WORDPRESS FIREWALL

  • Web Application Firewall identifies and blocks malicious traffic. Built and maintained by a large team focused 100% on WordPress security.
  • [Premium] Real-time firewall rule and malware signature updates via the Threat Defense Feed (free version is delayed by 30 days).
  • [Premium] Real-time IP Blacklist blocks all requests from the most malicious IPs, protecting your site while reducing load.
  • Protects your site at the endpoint, enabling deep integration with WordPress. Unlike cloud alternatives does not break encryption, cannot be bypassed and cannot leak data.
  • Integrated malware scanner blocks requests that include malicious code or content.
  • Protection from brute force attacks by limiting login attempts, enforcing strong passwords and other login security measures.

WORDPRESS SECURITY SCANNER

  • Malware scanner checks core files, themes and plugins for malware, bad URLs, backdoors, SEO spam, malicious redirects and code injections.
  • [Premium] Real-time malware signature updates via the Threat Defense Feed (free version is delayed by 30 days).
  • Compares your core files, themes and plugins with what is in the WordPress.org repository, checking their integrity and reporting any changes to you.
  • Repair files that have changed by overwriting them with a pristine, original version. Delete any files that don’t belong easily within the Wordfence interface.
  • Checks your site for known security vulnerabilities and alerts you to any issues. Also alerts you to potential security issues when a plugin has been closed or abandoned.
  • Checks your content safety by scanning file contents, posts and comments for dangerous URLs and suspicious content.
  • [Premium] Checks to see if your site or IP have been blacklisted for malicious activity, generating spam or other security issue.

SECURITY TOOLS

  • With Live Traffic, monitor visits and hack attempts not shown in other analytics packages in real time; including origin, their IP address, the time of day and time spent on your site.
  • [Premium] Stop brute force attacks permanently by using two factor authentication, one of the most secure forms of remote system authentication available.
  • [Premium] Password Audit ensures your passwords are strong by simulating a hack attempt using our password auditing GPU cluster.
  • The free version of Wordfence includes an excellent comment spam filter. [Premium] An advanced comment spam filter is automatically enabled for premium customers.
  • Block attackers by IP or build advanced rules based on IP Range, Hostname, User Agent and Referrer. [Premium] Country blocking available with Wordfence Premium.


FAQ

Visit our website to access our official documentation which includes security feature descriptions, common solutions and comprehensive help.

Installation Instructions

Secure your website using the following steps to install Wordfence:

  1. Install Wordfence automatically or by uploading the ZIP file.
  2. Activate the Wordfence through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress. Wordfence is now activated.
  3. Go to the scan menu and start your first scan. Scheduled scanning will also be enabled.
  4. Once your first scan has completed, a list of threats will appear. Go through them one by one to secure your site.
  5. Visit the Wordfence options page to enter your email address so that you can receive email security alerts.
  6. Optionally, change your security level or adjust the advanced options to set individual scanning and protection options for your site.
  7. Click the “Live Traffic” menu option to watch your site activity in real-time. Situational awareness is an important part of website security.

To install the Wordfence on WordPress Multi-Site installations:

  1. Install Wordfence via the plugin directory or by uploading the ZIP file.
  2. Network Activate Wordfence. This step is important because until you network activate it, your sites will see the plugin option on their plugins menu. Once activated that option disappears.
  3. Now that Wordfence is network activated it will appear on your Network Admin menu. Wordfence will not appear on any individual site’s menu.
  4. Go to the “Scan” menu and start your first scan.
  5. Wordfence will do a scan of all files in your WordPress installation including those in the blogs.dir directory of your individual sites.
  6. Live Traffic will appear for ALL sites in your network. If you have a heavily trafficked system you may want to disable live traffic which will stop logging to the DB.
  7. Firewall rules and login rules apply to the WHOLE system. So if you fail a login on site1.example.com and site2.example.com it counts as 2 failures. Crawler traffic is counted between blogs, so if you hit three sites in the network, all the hits are totalled and that counts as the rate you’re accessing the system.

How does Wordfence Security protect sites from attackers?

The WordPress security plugin provides the best protection available for your website. Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, WordFence Firewall stops you from getting hacked. Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly about security issues or if your site is compromised. The Live Traffic view gives you real-time visibility into traffic and hack attempts on your website. A deep set of additional tools round out the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.

What features does Wordfence Premium enable?

We offer a Premium API key that gives you real-time updates to the Threat Defense Feed which includes a real-time IP blacklist, firewall rules and malware signatures. Premium support, country blocking, more frequent scans, password auditing, two-factor authentication and spam and spamvertising checks are also included. Click here to sign-up for Wordfence Premium now or simply install Wordfence free and start protecting your website.

How does the Wordfence WordPress Firewall protect websites?

  • Web Application Firewall stops you from getting hacked by identifying malicious traffic, blocking attackers before they can access your website.
  • Threat Defense Feed automatically updates firewall rules that protect you from the latest threats. Premium members receive the real-time version.
  • Block common WordPress security threats like fake Googlebots, malicious scans from hackers and botnets.

What checks does the Wordfence Security Scanner perform?

  • Scans core files, themes and plugins against WordPress.org repository versions to check their integrity. Verify security of your source.
  • See how files have changed. Optionally repair changed files that are security threats.
  • Scans for signatures of over 44,000 known malware variants that are known WordPress security threats.
  • Scans for many known backdoors that create security holes including C99, R57, RootShell, Crystal Shell, Matamu, Cybershell, W4cking, Sniper, Predator, Jackal, Phantasma, GFS, Dive, Dx and many more.
  • Continuously scans for malware and phishing URL’s including all URLs on the Google Safe Browsing List in all your comments, posts and files that are security threats.
  • Scans for heuristics of backdoors, trojans, suspicious code and other security issues.

What security monitoring features does Wordfence include?

  • See all your traffic in real-time, including robots, humans, 404 errors, logins and logouts and who is consuming most of your content. Enhances your situational awareness of which security threats your site is facing.
  • A real-time view of all traffic including automated bots that often constitute security threats that Javascript analytics packages never show you.
  • Real-time traffic includes reverse DNS and city-level geolocation. Know which geographic area security threats originate from.
  • Monitor your DNS security for unauthorized DNS changes.
  • Monitors disk space which is related to security because many DDoS attacks attempt to consume all disk space to create denial of service.

What login security features are included

  • See all your traffic in real-time, including robots, humans, 404 errors, logins and logouts and who is consuming most of your content. Enhances your situational awareness of which security threats your site is facing.
  • A real-time view of all traffic including automated bots that often constitute security threats that Javascript analytics packages never show you.
  • Real-time traffic includes reverse DNS and city-level geolocation. Know which geographic area security threats originate from.
  • Monitor your DNS security for unauthorized DNS changes.
  • Monitors disk space which is related to security because many DDoS attacks attempt to consume all disk space to create denial of service.

How will I be alerted if my site has a security problem?

Wordfence sends security alerts via email. Once you install Wordfence, you will configure a list of email addresses where security alerts will be sent. When you receive a security alert, make sure you deal with it promptly to ensure your site stays secure.

Do I need a security plugin like Wordfence if I’m using a cloud based firewall (WAF)?

Wordfence provides true endpoint security for your WordPress website. Unlike cloud based firewalls, Wordfence executes within the WordPress environment, giving it knowledge like whether the user is signed in, their identity and what access level they have. Wordfence uses the user’s access level in more than 80% of the firewall rules it uses to protect WordPress websites. Learn more about the Cloud WAF identity problem here. Additionally, cloud based firewalls can be bypassed, leaving your site exposed to attackers. Because Wordfence is an integral part of the endpoint (your WordPress website), it can’t be bypassed. Learn more about the Cloud WAF bypass problem here. To fully protect the investment you’ve made in your website you need to employ a defense in depth approach to security. Wordfence takes this approach.

What blocking features does Wordfence include?

  • Real-time blocking of known attackers. If another site using Wordfence is attacked and blocks the attacker, your site is automatically protected.
  • Block entire malicious networks. Includes advanced IP and Domain WHOIS to report malicious IP’s or networks and block entire networks using the firewall. Report WordPress security threats to network owner.
  • Rate limit or block WordPress security threats like aggressive crawlers, scrapers and bots doing security scans for vulnerabilities in your site.
  • Choose whether you want to block or throttle users and robots who break your WordPress security rules.
  • Premium users can also block countries and schedule scans for specific times and a higher frequency.

What differentiates Wordfence from other WordPress Security plugins?

  • Wordfence Security provides a WordPress Firewall developed specifically for WordPress and blocks attackers looking for vulnerabilities on your site. The Firewall is powered by our Threat Defense Feed which is continually updated as new threats emerge. Premium customers receive updates in real-time.
  • Wordfence verifies your website source code integrity against the official WordPress repository and shows you the changes.
  • Wordfence scans check all your files, comments and posts for URLs in Google’s Safe Browsing list. We are the only plugin to offer this very important security enhancement.
  • Wordfence scans do not consume large amounts of your bandwidth because all security scans happen on your web server which makes them very fast.
  • Wordfence fully supports WordPress Multi-Site which means you can security scan every blog in your Multi-Site installation with one click.
  • Wordfence includes Two-Factor authentication, the most secure way to stop brute force attackers in their tracks.
  • Wordfence fully supports IPv6 including giving you the ability to look up the location of IPv6 addresses, block IPv6 ranges, detect IPv6 country and do a whois lookup on IPv6 addresses and more.

Will Wordfence slow down my website?

No. Wordfence Security is extremely fast and uses techniques like caching its own configuration data to avoid database lookups and blocking malicious attacks that would slow down your site.

What if my site has already been hacked?

Wordfence Security is able to repair core files, themes and plugins on sites where security is already compromised. You can follow this guide on how to clean a hacked website using Wordfence. However, please note that site security cannot be assured unless you do a full reinstall if your site has been hacked. We recommend you only use Wordfence Security to get your site into a running state in order to recover the data you need to do a full reinstall. If you need help repairing a hacked site, we offer an affordable, high-quality site cleaning service that includes a Premium key for a year.

Does Wordfence Security support IPv6?

Yes. We fully support IPv6 with all security functions including country blocking, range blocking, city lookup, whois lookup and all other security functions. If you are not running IPv6, Wordfence will work great on your site too. We are fully compatible with both IPv4 and IPv6 whether you run both or only one addressing scheme.

Does Wordfence Security support Multi-Site installations?

Yes. WordPress Multi-Site is fully supported. Using Wordfence you can scan every blog in your network for malware with one click. If one of your customers posts a page or post with a known malware URL that threatens your whole domain with being blacklisted by Google, we will alert you in the next scan.

What support options are available for Wordfence users?

Providing excellent customer service is very important to us. We offer help to all our customers whether you are using the Premium or free version of Wordfence. For help with the free version, you can post in our forum where we have dedicated staff responding to questions. If you need faster or more in-depth help, Premium customers can submit a support ticket to our Premium support team.

Where can I learn more about WordPress security?

Designed for every skill level, The WordPress Security Learning Center is dedicated to deepening users’ understanding of security best practices by providing free access to entry-level articles, in-depth articles, videos, industry survey results, graphics and more.


Screenshots:

  1. The dashboard gives you an overview of your site's security including notifications, attack statistics and Wordfence feature status.

    The dashboard gives you an overview of your site's security including notifications, attack statistics and Wordfence feature status.

  2. The firewall protects your site from common types of attacks and known security vulnerabilities.

    The firewall protects your site from common types of attacks and known security vulnerabilities.

  3. The Wordfence Security Scanner lets you know if your site has been compromised and alerts you to other security issues that need to be addressed.

    The Wordfence Security Scanner lets you know if your site has been compromised and alerts you to other security issues that need to be addressed.

  4. Wordfence is highly configurable, with a deep set of options available for each feature. High level scan options are shown above.

    Wordfence is highly configurable, with a deep set of options available for each feature. High level scan options are shown above.

  5. Brute Force Protection features protect you from password guessing attacks.

    Brute Force Protection features protect you from password guessing attacks.

  6. Block attackers by IP, Country, IP range, Hostname, Browser or Referrer.

    Block attackers by IP, Country, IP range, Hostname, Browser or Referrer.

  7. The Wordfence Live Traffic view shows you real-time activity on your site including bot traffic and exploit attempts.

    The Wordfence Live Traffic view shows you real-time activity on your site including bot traffic and exploit attempts.

  8. Take login security to the next level with Two Factor Authentication.

    Take login security to the next level with Two Factor Authentication.

  9. Audit the strength of your site passwords with our high performance GPU cluster.

    Audit the strength of your site passwords with our high performance GPU cluster.


Other notes:


Latest Change log entry:

  • Change: Live Traffic records are no longer created for hits initiated by WP-CLI (e.g., manually running cron).
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where the human/bot detection wasn’t functioning.


Tags:

antivirus, firewall, malware scanner, security, web application firewall


+ Jason's Comments

Wordfence security

Wordfence Security is my preferred solution. It has an easy and automated scanner that check for malicious code and can compare the WordPress, Theme and Plugins files with the original WordPress library, allow you to view the differences and revert to original version of file or delete it. Wordfence has a firewall preventing malicious scripts from operating, a built in traffic log which allows you to block bad IP addresses, a method to automatically limit fake crawlers and limit and block login attempts by hackers.

wordfence threat defence feed

Wordfence Premium

Wordfence Premium provides real time updates to the Firewall rules (blocking malicious scripts) & the IP blacklist (completely blocks known malicious IPs from accessing your website), provides front facing page scans and country blocking.

I offer Wordfence Premium upgrade for AUD $129 / year (RRP USD $99) - contact Jason.

Bundle with 12 month Maintenance plan and save 10% of the Maintenance plan and 15% of Wordfence premium upgrade - contact Jason.

I also recommend SSL Domain Security Certificate to encrypt all data communication between your visitors browser and the web server (browsers and Google search will give recognition to a secure connection).

Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.

SSL domain security certificate

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and recommend a schedule for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization.

Optimization is best applied together with website security and protection and backup and maintenance.

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I am a regular Wordfence user with more than 20 site installs with both free and premium versions installed. I don't recall having received any advance notice about this major interface change that just occurred over the last few days. Many users (including myself) are finding themselves being locked out of their own sites. Standard features that we relied upon or expected to find in certain places have been moved or modified. Some advance warning of this major overhaul would have been appreciated. Please explain as I am now seriously considering a move to another service.