Hi Martin, In the case of white listing IP address, this …

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Comment on Beware New WordPress Security Theat: The WordPress Misinformation Virus by Paul G..

Hi Martin,

In the case of white listing IP address, this may open you up to problems if your web hosting server doesn’t report the correct IP address of the visitor. If somehow this is compromised, then yes, a visitor could “pretend” to be from your IP address.

The likelihood of this is incredibly small though since its nature is more complex. WordPress security starts with closing the most obvious holes in your environment and ensuring that logged-in users and administrators have been correctly validated and are entirely legitimate. This will stop by far and away the largest majority of potential problems.

The minority of remaining threats will come down to poor security practices, mis-configured web hosts and servers, and direct, concentrated attacks on *you* in particular.

The role of this plugin is to ensure that your WordPress site is sured-up against the majority of threats you’re likely to face.

I hope that helps.
Paul

Paul G. Also Commented

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That’s great! I’m glad it made sense to you. We have since put in an automated system for blocking IPs:
https://www.icontrolwp.com/2015/08/wordpress-security-plugin-update-automatically-block-malicious-visitors/


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Absolutely Nick! There are a lot of contradictions out there in our behaviours towards security… all we can do is educate and try and stay on top it all…


Beware New WordPress Security Theat: The WordPress Misinformation Virus
Hi Fiona,

If you don’t have the server management skills, I would recommend either making use of a really good web host who knows what they’re doing, or hire someone to do it for you. Cheap hosts, with poor security principles and bad server management will likely let you down badly in the long run.

CloudFlare cannot protect you against poorly managed hosting…

Thanks!
Paul.


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This is something that you’ll have to test with your particular installation(s) and configuration. Aggressive page caching will probably affect this functionality, but that is the double-edged sword that is “caching”.

I’d be interested to hear what you find with your tests.

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