Wordfence is a WordPress security plugin that helps you protect your website from security threats such as hacking, malware, DDOS and automatic password attempt attacks.
Thanks to the firewall, which filters all traffic to your website and prevents suspicious requests, the plugin that protects your site is actively used by 2 million users.
It scans all your WordPress core files, themes, plugins and deletes or remedies any malware that installs changes and suspicious codes into folders. Thanks to this plugin, it helps you clean a hacked WordPress site.
Wordfence Setup and Basic Settings in WordPress
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Wordfence Security add-on. After activation, it will add a new menu item labeled Wordfence to WordPress’ admin bar. By clicking on it, you can access the plugin’s dashboard.
This page provides an overview of the plugin’s security settings on your website. You will also see security notifications and statistics such as recent IP blocking, failed login attempts, total blocked attacks.
Scanning Your WordPress Site Using Wordfence
To scan your site for malware and code fragments, come to the Wordfence »Scan page. Then click the “Start a Wordfence Scan” button on the scan page that opens and wait for the scanning process to finish.
You can see the progress of the scan in the yellow box on the scanning page. Most of this information will be technical data. With it, you don’t have to worry about technical stuff. Let Wordfence do its job. After the scan is finished, Wordfence will show you the results.
Wordfence Firewall Settings
Wordfence comes with a software web page firewall. This is a firewall running through a PHP based application.
Wordfence firewall offers two levels of protection. Allows the basic level Wordfence firewall enabled by default to run as a WordPress plugin.
The second level of protection is called extended protection. It allows Wordfence to run before WordPress core, plugins, and themes. This offers much better protection against more advanced security threats.
Monitoring and Blocking Suspicious Activity Using Wordfence
Wordfence allows you to monitor the traffic movements live within its own structure. You can access this panel on the Wordfence »Live Traffic page. Here you can see the IP list of people and bots browsing your website.
On this page, you can block individual IPs or even entire networks.