Auto Updates, Privacy, and More in BruteProtect

Posted OnDec 3, 2014     CategoryPlugins, Users & Security     CommentsNo comment

In this section of the guide to the BruteProtect plugin, we will take a look at how to navigate the Dashboard, including updating WordPress Core, Themes, and Plugins, Whitelisting IPs and more.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard navigate to BruteProtect.

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Outlined below is what each aspect of the BruteProtect Dashboard does.

My BruteProtect

A. BruteProtect Working If a green check mark is displayed here, the plugin is working. If you do not have a green check mark, you will need to drill-down to determine what the issue is (invalid API Key?).
B. Total Blocked Attacks This area displays the total number of attacks that BruteProtect has blocked.
C. We Have News Click the Learn More hyperlink to view BruteProtect news articles.
D. Site Currently Up This area displays your site’s UpTime and any DownTime with logs outlining the issues.
E. Core Update This area displays any available updates to core files, such as WordPress files.

As you will notice, there is a line indicating that WordPress was updated to Version 4.0 manually.

When an update is available, BruteProtect offers you the following options:

  • Update Now
  • Auto Update
  • Manually Update
  • Ignore Updates

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Note: We recommend that prior to updating, the WordPress database and all associated WordPress files be backed-up.

F. Plugin Updates This area displays any available updates to installed plugins.

As you will notice, there is 1 update needed.

To update a plugin(s), place a check mark(s) in the appropriate check box(es) to mark them for an update. Click one of the following options:

  • Update Now
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Ignore

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Note: We recommend that prior to updating any plugin(s), the plugin folder of the selected plugin(s) be backed-up.

G. Theme Updates This area displays any available updates to installed themes.

As you will notice, there is 1 update needed.

To update a theme(s), place a check mark(s) in the appropriate check box(es) to mark them for an update. Click one of the following options:

  • Update Now
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Ignore

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Note: We recommend that prior to updating any theme(s), the theme folder of the selected theme(s) be backed-up.

H. Update All Use caution here:

Clicking the Update All button, updates everything.

This includes:

  • Any core files
  • Any plugins
  • Any themes

Note: This option is not recommended..

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API & Privacy Settings

I. Disconnect Site If you want to disconnect your site from BruteProtect, click this button.
J. API Key The API Key you created in the previous guide is displayed here. To remove the API Key, click the Remove API Key button.
K. Privacy Settings Keep this check box checked if you want to:

  • Remotely monitor your site’s uptime and scan for malware.
  • Remotely track the versions of WordPress, plugins, & themes you have installed.
  • Remotely update your site.

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Whitelist IP’s

This area allows you to enter IP’s that you will allow access from.

Enter one IPv4 per line, * (for wildcard).

For example, 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.*.* are valid, 192.168.* and 192.168.*.1 are invalid.

Click the Save IP Whitelist button to save any changes.

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WordPress Settings

From the dropdown list select to make the BruteProtect Dashboard Widget visible to:

  • All users who can see the Dashboard
  • Admins only

Click the Save Changes button.

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The Future

This area keeps you up-to-date with what’s new at BruteProtect.

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That’s it! Your site is now being protected by BruteProtect.

 


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