The following steps can be used to secure (by password protection)
wp-login.php for all WordPress sites in your cPanel account. This will help deter this type of attack.
How to Password Protect the wp-login.php File
There are two (2) steps in accomplishing this. First you need to define a password in the
.wpadmin file, and then you activate the security in the
Step 1: Generate Password File & Uploading Via File Manager
One way to do this is to generate the file using the website linked below, and then upload it to your site via FTP or File Manager. In the directions below, we will use File Manager, but you could use FTP instead, for those of you familiar with FTP.
- Visit: http://www.htaccesstools.com/htpasswd-generator/
- Use the form to create the username and password.
- Login to cPanel in another window or tab.
- Click on File Manager.
- Select Home Directory.
- Check Show Hidden Files (dotfiles) if not already checked.
- Click on the Go button.
- Look for a
- If one exists, right click on it and select Code Edit to open the editor. Click on the Edit button to edit the file.
- If one does not exist, click on New File at the top of the page, and specify the name as
.wpadmin(with the dot at the front) and click on the Create New File button.
- Paste the code provided from the website in step 2.
- Click on the Save Changes button when complete.
- You can Close the file when finished.
Step 2: Update the .htaccess File
All domains under the home directory will share the common
.wpadmin file. (The command listed in Option B above creates the
/home/username/.wpadmin file due to the
The last step is to place the following code in the
ErrorDocument 401 "Unauthorized Access"
ErrorDocument 403 "Forbidden"
AuthName "Authorized Only"
Note: replace "username" above with your cPanel username.