One of the best features of the Security Press is the Firewall. We have created a group of 7 tests which harden the security of your WordPress Website by adding a Firewall to it.
To ensure your website overall functionality is not affected Security press only applies the changes above to your .htaccess file.
WP XML-RPC is basically an API for WordPress through which WordPress websites communicate to Mobile Apps , Desktop apps or other services. We advise disabling it if you are not using these features and functionality.
If your website has Mobile or Desktop apps using API services then you should not disable it else your Apps will not work.
By using this setting .htaccess will add a directive to disable the access to the WordPress xmlrpc.php file which is responsible for the XML-RPC functionality such as pingbacks in WordPress.
If its kept accessible then hackers can use the loop hole to use the various back doors to exploit pingback vulnerabilities in the WordPress XML-RPC .
This test also enhances performance of your website by reducing the load on your server by denying unwanted traffic hitting the XML-RPC API on your website
By default, an Apache server will allow the listing of the contents of a directory if it doesn’t contain an index.php file. This feature will prevent the listing of contents for all directories.
This feature will check if the User Agent information of a bot contains the string “Googlebot”. It will then perform a few tests to verify if the bot is legitimately from Google and if so it will allow the bot to proceed. If the bot fails the checks then the plugin will mark it as being a fake Googlebot and it will block it.
Hotlink protection prevents unauthorized website from directly linking or embedding files , usually its images. If you want stop other website to directly link images on your website you can enable this setting.
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