How to Install Wordfence Security – Firewall & Anti Malware
By James Flarakos | May 20, 2021
Keeping secure these days is a must, thats why we like to use WordFence Security for its Firewall and Anti Malware Features. This will stop a variety of things including local Brute Force Attacks, and Malware within your WordPress files.
Its one of the most advanced free plugins I have used for my Firewall and Malware scans. Its not only its ability to detect and protect you but also the options it gives you with the suspicious activity.
For a Video Tutorial click the link here.
Installing Wordfence Security Plugin
- To get the plugin installed you will need either download it through your WordPress Plugins section from your dashboard. Alternatively you can access it though thr WordPress WordFence Page here.
Setup Your Contact and Alerts Email
- Once downloaded, activate the plugin and you will be prompted to add an email for future contact and security alerts. Go ahead and fill this in and procced to the next window.
In the next window you can skip unless you have the paid version you will be using.
Configuring Your Settings
- First up on your dash board you will see your Firewall and Scan Option. From here you can manage both areas by selecting one or another. By default Wordfence has does most of the work for you. But I always suggest having a look through yourself to configure it to suit your site perfectly.
You can rate limit almost every type of visitor from crawlers to bots or humans. And they also have an excellent blocking system that we will get too next.
Live Traffic, Ban’s and Bad Login Attempts
- To check the live traffic and see who Wordfence has banned, or had attempted logins. Head to Tools, from the Wordfence option.
This will give you detailed information on who is login on or attempting too, what pages they tried to access and also a WHOIS option to back track their IP back to them and find out more information connected to this IP.
Not only can you block their IP but you can also block the whole network and anyone matching similar credentials.
You can also set the limit easily on how many times someone can try to log in, or forget his password. This is critical to stop local brute force attacks.
Blocking URL’s From Being Searched
- Another amazing feature on this plugin is to ban people by specific searches they try to you. For example I had many people trying to access my site through the XML-PRC file. I have since disabled that file and for a more detailed explanation on how to do this check out our other article on the Best Security Plugins.
Another solution for this is to simply ban that exact URL, as you can be pretty certain no normal customer would be searching for this after your site name.
Once added to the list anyone entering that URL will be immediately banned. Another tip is that on the same page you have the choice to whitelist specific IP’s that wont get banned for any reason. I highly recommend adding you IP in here in case you have too many bad login attempts, or you ban a URL that you infact need with out realising.
How to Install Wordfence Security Video Tutorial
For a Free Plugin, we highly recommend Wordfence. Running multiple blogs myself I needed a way to keep all of them secure from attacks, people guessing passwords and anything else they might throw at us. Wordfence Security plugin alerts you as soon as anything suspicious has happened via email and it is easy to setup multiple sites and all get relevant alerts individually.