Sucuri Security Settings – Configuring Notifications, Scans, and More

Posted OnSep 2, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

In this section of the guide to the Sucuri Security plugin, we will take a look at the General Settings and Notification Settings.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard navigate to Sucuri Security -> Settings.

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Most of the tools in this plugin can be used without a specific configuration, but the core features require an API key to communicate with Sucuri services. The key is generated using the Administrator’s e-mail and the domain of this site. Click here for details on how to generate a Sucuri API key.

Below is an overview of each option.

General Settings

A. API Key If an API Key has already been generated it will be displayed here. Click the Remove button to remove the API Key (not recommended).
B. Last Scanning The last date the scan was run is displayed here. Click the Force Scan button to perform a scan of your site files.
C. Notify Events To The Administrator’s email address is displayed here. Clicking the email hyperlink opens your mail program, such as Microsoft Outlook and puts the email address in the To field of a new email form. In order to change the email address, you will need to go to Settings -> General.
D. Alerts per Hour Select how often you want alerts sent out per hour from the dropdown list.

  • Maximum 5 per hour (default)
  • Maximum 10 per hour
  • Maximum 20 per hour
  • Maximum 40 per hour
  • Maximum 80 per hour
  • Maximum 160 per hour
  • Unlimited

Once your selection has been made, click the Change button on the far right to save this change.

E. Consider brute-force after Select what you consider to be a brute-force attack on your site from the dropdown list.

  • 30 failed logins per hour (default)
  • 60 failed logins per hour
  • 120 failed logins per hour
  • 240 failed logins per hour
  • 480 failed logins per hour

Once your selection has been made, click the Change button on the far right to save this change.

F. Verify SSL Cert Select if you want to verify or stop the SSL Cert from the dropdown list.

  • Verify peer’s cert (default)
  • Stop peer’s cert verification

Once your selection has been made, click the Change button on the far right to save this change.

G. Scanning Frequey Select the scanning frequency from the dropdown list.

  • Every three hours (3 hours) (default)
  • Twice daily (12 hours)
  • Once daily (24 hours)
  • Never (not recommended)

Once your selection has been made, click the Change button on the far right to save this change.

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Notification Settings

It is recommended that you review the settings for each item listed on this Tab. Each one determines different scenarios when or if an email is sent to the Administrator based on certain conditions.

For example, placing a check mark in the Enable email alerts for new user registration check box will send an email to the Administrator each time a new user registers on the site.

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Once your selections have been made, click the Save button on the top right to save the changes.

Ignore Notifications

Below is a list of registered Post Types, since the email notifications for new site content were enabled (see Notification Settings above. An email alert will be sent if any of the file(s) listed below are changed.

If you don’t want to receive email notifications on any of the types listed below, click the Ignore button located at the far right of the appropriate file.

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The next step in the guide will focus on Sucuri Security: Getting the Most from Site Info.

 

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