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 +====== How to Set Up and Use the WordFence Plugin for WordPress ======
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 +Wordfence is an excellent free security plugin for WordPress that offers various features that we will be setting up.
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 +===== Installation =====
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 +Installing WordFence is easy! Log into your **WordPress Dashboard**,​ click on plugins, click on add new, then search for WordFence and click install. Once it's installed click activate and you're ready to get started.
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 +===== Core File Scan =====
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 +One of the most useful features that WordFence has is it's **Core File Scanning**
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 +Before running a scan, let's go to options and change our settings to use very thorough scanning. Log in to your **WordPress Dashboard** and click on **Wordfence**,​ then **Options**. Once there, scroll down to **Scans to Include**.
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 +Make sure all boxes are checked except for **High Sensitivity** and **Exclude Files...**
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 +<note tip>You will not be able to use the public facing option unless you purchase a full license, but it is not needed for a Core File scan.</​note>​
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 +Once you have selected the options that you want, you can start a scan under **Wordfence > Scan**. ​ Just click **Start a Wordfence Scan**. The scan may take some time to be completed, depending on the size of your WordPress installation.
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 +Once the scan completes, you will be able to fix broken or corrupted files.
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 +=====Web Application Firewall =====
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 +Turning on the Web Application Firewall will stop malicious bots, crawlers and login attempts.
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 +Once you've enabled this, you should tune it to your desired settings.
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 +To enable it: check the box **Enable firewall**
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 +Next, adjust the firewall options to fit your needs.
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