I continually receive these Wordfence Alert emails from the Wordfence plugin, except they are 100% wrong.
The two anomalies that Wordfence refuse to accept are:
- We have BLOCKED all access to the login page by IP Address via .htaccess file
- Using another plugin, we have changed the name of the login page.
I genuinely want Wordfence to acknowedge and resolve the issue. It is not imagined or a fault related to this web site. I have multiple web sites where we employ the same two security measures which has seen a dramatic reduction in server issues and login ussues, yet we continue to receive these alerts.
Am I to assume Wordfence use the tactic to encourage users of the free version to consider the paid version of their software?
I posted my concerns on the support forum at Wordfence, but after 3 weeks, hundreds of views, no response from Wordfence, yes I am sceptical of the alerts.
I am no expert on these matters but am I to assume that Wordfence is monitoring the wordpress admin by IP and not taking into account, the additional measured employed by the owner and responding with ‘standard alerts’.
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Final word: one colleague suggested I disable the Wordfence Alerts which I have now done but it does not answer or resolve why the alerts are sent.
Here is a copy of the alert and further down the page, a copy of my post at Wordfence.
[Wordfence Alert] www.domain.com User locked out from signing in
This email was sent from your website “domain” by the Wordfence plugin at Thursday 5th of November 2015 at 11:27:21 PM
The Wordfence administrative URL for this site is: http://www.domain.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=Wordfence
A user with IP address 18.104.22.168 has been locked out from the signing in or using the password recovery form for the following reason: Exceeded the maximum number of login failures which is: 20. The last username they tried to sign in with was: ‘xxxxxx’
User IP: 22.214.171.124
User hostname: lincloud.ebiron.com
User location: Turkey
Sceptical Wordfence Claims
I too liked Wordfence but I have to admit I have become very sceptical of Wordfence claims.
The best example I can offer is a web site where we have modified two very important security elements.
1. We have blocked access by IP address to the login page. No-one except my IP can even see the admin login page. Now I can hear everyone
saying that there are ways around this, which brings me to #2.
2. Using a clever plugin, I have changed the page name (file name) of the login page. Even if a user bypassed the IP security, they have no idea
where the login page is (/login-xyz-456).
So then, what has WordFence blocked when it sends me this email..
This email was sent from your website “XYZ” by the Wordfence plugin at Saturday 10th of October 2015 at 08:20:09 AM
The Wordfence administrative URL for this site is: http://www.xyz.com.au/wp-admin/admin.php?page=Wordfence
A user with IP address 126.96.36.199 has been locked out from the signing in or using the password recovery form for the following reason: Used
an invalid username ‘admin’ to try to sign in.
User IP: 188.8.131.52
User hostname: 181-160-215-189.baf.movistar.cl
User location: Concon, Chile
Not one blocked email either, hundreds. So what does it think its blocking?