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Securing WordPress Lost Password: Concealing User Existence

WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) used by millions of websites around the world. While it is a powerful and versatile platform, it is also important to take steps to secure your WordPress site, especially against unauthorized access. One way to do this is to conceal the existence of users when they request a lost password.

By default, when a user requests a lost password in WordPress, they will be redirected to a page with an error message if they enter an incorrect username or email address. This error message reveals that the identifier does not exist, which could be used by malicious actors to compile lists of valid usernames or email addresses for nefarious purposes, such as phishing attacks or brute force password recovery attempts.

To conceal the existence of users when they request a lost password, you can use a plugin such as User Visibility. This plugin allows you to hide users from the login screen and the lost password form, making it more difficult for attackers to identify and target valid users.

To use the User Visibility plugin, simply install and activate it on your WordPress site. Once the plugin is activated, you can configure it to hide users from the login screen and the lost password form by going to Settings > User Visibility.

Once you have configured the User Visibility plugin, users will no longer be redirected to a page with an error message if they enter an incorrect username or email address when requesting a lost password. Instead, they will be redirected to a page with a generic message informing them that they will receive an email if the entered identifier exists.

This modification may impact the user experience, as a user who no longer remembers the email address used could be confused with this new message. However, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits of concealing the existence of users when they request a lost password. If you are concerned about the security of your WordPress site, it is a good idea to enable this feature.

Here is an example of how to use a copyright-free image in each paragraph of this article:

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WordPress login screen

By default, when a user requests a lost password in WordPress, they will be redirected to a page with an error message if they enter an incorrect username or email address.

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phishing email

This error message reveals that the identifier does not exist, which could be used by malicious actors to compile lists of valid usernames or email addresses for nefarious purposes, such as phishing attacks or brute force password recovery attempts.

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User Visibility plugin settings page

To conceal the existence of users when they request a lost password, you can use a plugin such as User Visibility.

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generic message informing the user that they will receive an email if the entered identifier exists

Once you have configured the User Visibility plugin, users will no longer be redirected to a page with an error message if they enter an incorrect username or email address when requesting a lost password. Instead, they will be redirected to a page with a generic message informing them that they will receive an email if the entered identifier exists.

Please note that these are just examples, and you can use any copyright-free images that are relevant to your article.

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