No unauthorized access to WordPress Admin

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How to prevent your WordPress to be hacked, having unauthorized access to your admin panel?

Keep WordPress core up-to-date

By default, WordPress’s automatic update is only for minor versions. So it can just from 5.2.0 to 5.2.x, not to 5.3.0… shit!

You need to add it in wp-config.php (at top of the file before lines about MySQL settings)

define('WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true);

Keep plugins up-to-date

It’s very weird because you need to modify your template to activate it …

WTF… template not core?

Core developers = asshole! - sycured

Create child theme

Never, never, never modify the official theme directly, you need to use a child theme.

I let you read official documentation

Activate automatic update

You need to add two lines in functions.php

add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_true' );
add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_true' );

U2F and OTP for all users

2FA rule the world and we use it right now to let hackers outside of wp-admin.


It’s an open-source plugin: Two-Factor


All configuration is inside each user’s account:

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I recommend you use the same settings to have the best security…
After taking this screenshot, I added my 2 others U2F keys.

SSO when you can

SSO can be used to unify the login method but keep in mind: U2F & OTP must be activated at the SSO provider level.


It’s another open-source plugin: OpenID Connect Generic Client


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Error in log

This is an example of failure to authenticate to the WordPress, no authorized access

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In this configuration, you need to create users in your WordPress using the same email address which connects to SSO: no automatic registration/synchronization.


You have a better security level without high compute cost.
I prefer the SSO way due to having the possibility to force OTP/U2F.