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  1. Jon Schear says:

    I’ve used this a couple times. Brought the usual load of 50 emails an hour about lockout notifications down to 0.

    Recaptcha is another good one, but much more difficult to implement.

  2. Han Balk says:

    I switched from LLA to Wordfence, because of all the extra security features it’s got.

    Every Operating System has a feature to limit login attempts. I know WordPress is a CMS and not an OS, But it is a mature CMS and the WordPress community would greatly benefit of a buitlin login limitation that’s enabled by default. A lot of WordPress sites are “vulnerable” for unlimited login attempts, because they’re not properly protected and the owners are not security aware.

    It can’t be that difficult to built in a login limitation and enable it by default in one of the forthcoming WordPress versions?

  3. Howard says:

    Limit Login Attempts has not been updated in a couple of years, and has some “holes” in it. I discovered this in my logs, where I found nearly 100 “lockouts” in a 10-minute period from the same IP. The lockouts were activated after the 2nd unsuccessful attempts, and were supposed to be for 72 hours. They were coming so fast that it was an effective DoS, and required some effort to get it stopped. It’s fairly obvious that the script kiddie has bypassed the lockout. The attacks from that IP address stopped when I was finally able to add it to the deny list in .htaccess.
    I still use LLA for the limited but useful information and notifications, but I don’t rely on it to keep my site secure.

  4. FranE says:

    I notice this functionality on some of my sites, even though they don’t have the plugin installed. Is it included in certain themes? Maybe Genesis?

    • WPBeginner Staff says:

      We are not aware of any themes including this functionality. Remember themes are not supposed to add functionality to your WordPress site. Functionality comes under plugins. May be it is something added by your web host?

  5. Grayhambo says:

    There appear to be some compatibility issues with this plugin with WP 4.0, as it hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. Can lock you out of the admin panel. If this happens, then you need to disable the plugin in the usual way, using something like cPanel access.

  6. Torben Heikel Vinther says:

    Sounds like a good and simple plugin, but why not use Better WP Security instead? BWS has a whole section about Limit Login Attempts AND many other security issues in one single plugin! In addition BWS was last updated 2013-8-24. Limit Login Attempts hasn’t been updated since 2012-6-1!

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Torben, there are a lot of plugins that offers this functionality. Limit Login Attempts is a simple plugin that does one thing and does it real well. That’s not to say that BWS is a bad solution. It’s a very good solution (over 1 million downloads on the plugin already proves that).

  7. abdelhafidcom says:

    what about login lookdown plugin ? is it useful ? should i replace with this plugin ?

    • wpbeginner says:

      @abdelhafidcom That’s also good. It does the same thing. It just hasn’t been updated in a while.

  8. AlbertAlbs says:

    Thanks for sharing this WordPress security information.

  9. ColeRuddick says:

    Excellent tip! As WordPress is the most widely used platform out there now, site security should be something all users are taking seriously and this plugin is a great help. Thanks for sharing!

  10. namaserajesh says:

    Agree with you, Limit Login Attempts is very good plugin to protect our WordPress blog.

  11. joeytribbiani says:

    I prefer Login Lock. It is officially compatible up to version 3.3.1

    • merrittsgret says:

       @joeytribbiani Login Lock effectively blocked everyone out of my site recently.  I’m switching to Limit Login Attempts.

  12. Alan says:

    Thanks for this!

  13. doug_eike says:

    I’ve been looking for ways to protect my blog, and your plugin suggestion looks as if it might be helpful. I’ll take a look at it. Thanks!

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