All In One Security – Settings

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In this video I’m going to walk you through the All In One Security Settings page.

Here is where you can manage the .htaccess file, wp-config.php file, WP Meta Info and Import/Export.

Click on WP Security, then Settings.

Starting with the General Settings tab.  In the WP Security Plugin Box, it provides you with shortcuts to backup your database, .htaccess file, and your wp-config.php file.  You can also click on the .htaccess or wp-config.php file tabs to backup these files.  It is a good idea to back up all of these items in case you have any need to restore them at a later time.
If you think that a plugin on your site is broken due to a security feature you enabled, then click the Disable All Security Features button to turn off the security features of this plugin.  Take note that if you click on this, you will have to go back through all the items again to re-enable the items that you want turned on.
The Disable All Firewall Rules box is similar to the last one.  If you need to turn off all the firewall rules to see if any of them are causing issues on your website, you can quickly do it here.  It will remove all the rules from the .htaccess file.  If you’d like to re-enable the firewall, you will need to go back to the firewall tab and enable the items that you want turned on.
The Debug Settings box allows you to enable the debug logging.  Check the box to enable it.  Once you’re done troubleshooting, you should turn it back off.

The .htaccess file is a key component of your website’s security and it can be modified to implement various levels of protection.  It is important to keep a back-up copy!

Click the Backup .htaccess file button to make a back-up copy of the file in case you need to use the original file in the future.  It should save the file to your downloads folder.  I suggest moving it to another location on your hard drive where it’s easy to find.  Also a good idea to make a backup copy to a cloud or on an external drive.

Should the occasion arise where you need to restore the .htaccess file from a back-up, click the Select Your .htaccess File button, browse to the location that the file is saved, and select the .htaccess file. Click the Restore .htaccess File button to complete the restore.

The next tab is the wp-config.php File tab.  The wp-config file is one of the most important files of your website.  It has all the configuration information that allows your website to connect to the database and other critical components.

The first box allows you to backup this file.  Click the Backup wp-config.php File button to make a back-up copy of the wp-config.php file in case you need to use the original file in the future.  Be sure to save it where you can find it later and also make a backup copy if you can.

Should something happen to this file, you can restore it in this box.  Click the Select Your wp-config.php file button, browse to the location you saved your file and select it. Click the Restore wp-config.php File button to complete the restore.
The next tab is the WP Version info tab.  The WordPress Generator automatically adds some meta information inside the head tags of every page on your site’s front end.  This meta information shows which version of WordPress your site is currently running.  This can help hackers or crawlers see if you have an older version that has a known security issue.  This feature will allow you to remove the this meta information from your site’s pages.
Check this box if you want to remove the meta info produced by the WP Generator from all the pages.
Click the Save Settings button.
Here is the Import and Export tab.  This tab allows you to export or import your All In One WP Security & Firewall settings.  This can be useful if you wanted to save time by applying the settings from one site to another.
Click the Export AIOWPS Settings button to create an export file of all your current settings.

To import the settings into your site, click the Select Your Import Settings Files button and browse to the exported file.  Or you can copy and paste the contents of the file into the box below.

Note: If a setting relies on the current domain URL then it may not work correctly when imported into a different domain. You many need to make adjustments to the file prior to importing.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.


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