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How to protect wp-admin from third party access?

How can the wordpress administration panel and the login page wp-login.php be hidden such that only the website administrator can access it? Can the URL be rewritten through some mod_rewrite rule ...
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WordPress and Security

Are there some simple ways to beef up the security on a WordPress site?
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Using HTACCESS for Secret Access

I saw this post yesterday http://digwp.com/2011/01/simpler-login-url/ where a 'custom' word is used to direct the user from url.com/admin to url.com/wp-login.php and I'm asking (also did so in the ...
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Is there any way to rename or hide wp-login.php?

Any way to change the wp-login.php url? It seems insecure that everyone that's ever used Wordpress could easily see if your site is using it, and get right to the login page. There used to be a ...
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Setting WP Admin passwords to expire

I'm aware it's not a feature of Wordpress, but I was wondering if there was a way or a plug-in (haven't found one from searching) that allows me to force a user to change their password after a ...
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How can I lock down an old wordpress install I don't intend to update?

I am starting a new wordpress blog, and no longer updating an old one. The old one still gets 400-500 hits a day, so I would like to keep it up for archival purposes, as people still link to its posts....
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What may be causing failure of auto-install features in Wordpress (v3.0.3)?

What may be causing the installation errors I continue to get when trying to auto update anything in Wordpress? I've been manually upgrading everything for quite some time, and I've tried all sorts ...
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Best practices for securing a Buddypress installation?

A client of mine runs a Buddypress-based site (BP 1.2.6 on WP 3.0.2). We'd like to give users the ability to publish blogs of their own, but we don't want them to be able to execute PHP code (we make ...
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Prevent access or auto-delete readme.html, license.txt, wp-config-sample.php

Just a quick question that might help a tad bit with security. I noticed that the readme.html file has the version number listed. It reappears after each upgrade and so do the licence.txt, and wp-...
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Upgraded to latest version - 3.0.3 and Now I get a “sufficient permissions to access this page” error

The issue appeared immediately after upgrade. The only part of the application impacted is the sub-menu items under settings where it relates to a plug-in. The core application settings work, just ...
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Spam injected in w3 total cache page cache [closed]

I'm trying to fix a site which has been injected with external spam. After inspection I found out that the external content (so far just html advertising different kinds of drugs, no scripts) was in ...
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Any reason to be concerned by a wave of “zombie” blog signups?

I maintain a blog for a friend of mine. It's basically an aggregater of videos from other embeddable video sites, and provides a way for users to comment on those videos. Not really high-value ...
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404 errors when updating options in admin dashboard

Whenever I try to update my Permalink settings or use the Theme Editor to modify some file, I am redirected to a 404 page. This also happens when I update the All-In-One SEO Pack plugin's settings. ...
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Limiting sessions to one IP at a time

On a site with premium user account subscriptions, I'd like to be able to limit logins to one computer at a time. The most straightforward way to accomplish this would be to limit by IP, but I haven't ...
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Weird problems after recovery from security breach

The shared server that I used for hosting my WordPress website was hacked recently, and many of the index.php files, plugin files and uploads were deleted, with my MySQL databases untouched. But after ...
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Can I force a password change?

When I create a new user, I would like to force that user to change their password on first log in, can this be done?
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Options for restricting access to wp-admin

So i've installed a plug-in which allows me to enable two-factor authentication for my users. The problem is that to enable the plug-in i have to log in as that user and enable it via their profile ...
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Privilege escalation bugs in 2.9?

Are there any known privilege escalation bugs in WP 2.9 to be careful for?
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Does WP show me if I'm logged in from multiple locations?

Does word press show me if I'm logged in in another location? Related: Limiting sessions to one IP at a time
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Getting a List of Currently Available Roles on a WordPress Site?

When writing WordPress plugins there is often a need to set up options for which roles on the site have access to certain functionality or content. To do this a plugin dev needs to fetch the list of ...
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What's the difference between esc_* functions?

I've read Professional WordPress and it says: esc_html function is used for scrubbing data that contains HTML. This function encodes special characters into their HTML entities esc_attr ...
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Why do I need to check if wp_nonce_field() exists before using it

i dont really understand why the check if the nonce function exists before running it ... if ( function_exists('wp_nonce_field') ) wp_nonce_field('gmp_nonce_check'); i understand its for ...
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Steps to Take to Hide the Fact a Site is Using WordPress?

I have a website for which we are trying to be discreet about the fact that we are using WordPress. What steps can we take to make it less obvious?
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What's the easiest way to stop WP from ever logging me out

After a certain amount of time WP logs out all users and forces them to log back in again. For development environments on my local machine this is obnoxious and absolutely unnecessary. Is there an ...
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Uploading .webm format on WordPress results in security guidline breach and fail

I cannot upload the .webm video format on WordPress. This is after adding: AddType video/webm .webm into both: my .htaccess file (on the root folder of the WordPress installation) the mime type ...
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Security and .htaccess

About a month ago I started a WordPress blog on a hosted server related to a hobby. So, I am new to this at present. Since I'm concerned about security, one thing I did was to install the plugin WP ...
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Is there a way to force ssl on certain pages

I want to force a secure connection on some of my pages (ones with forms), but I don't want the whole site to work with ssl (slows it down) Is there a way to configure specific pages to require ssl?
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Can I rename the wp-admin folder?

Is it possible to rename the wp-admin folder? I know I could just rename it, but unless it's supported by the code lots of things would break. If I use a custom folder name, it will make it slightly ...
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What is the ideal setup to address security concerns?

I'm aware of the requirements WP has for certain directories and files to be writable. I'm also aware that making permissions too loose can open security holes. Finally, I know that the user that (...
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Secure WordPress paid plug-in

I want to create a WordPress plug-in but also want to ensure that the plugin can only be used after it has been activated with a serial key that should be unique for each domain. What is the best way ...