my ip has been blocked at SiteGround three (3) times in about 24 hours and i am suspecting Defender.
i was doing a lot of testing with buddy press plugins amongst others so it is hard to be certain, but my recollection is leading me to believe that Defender was the last i was using on the first two occasions i got blocked.
the third was when i awoke and visited my site first thing this morning and i had auto scan scheduled for around 2am last night.
they quickly remove the block but the point is this is a HUGE inconvenience.
by block i mean i cannot access my email, website, cpanel or FTP.
i am on their “Cloud” plan not the GoGeek etc. shared.
support says it is very strange because their Cloud does not have automatic ip blocking only the shared (which i find kind of scary).
another note is that i can recall not being able to access the website or wp admin but when i went into FTP and deleted the .htaccess files Defender created i then got access.
i basically applied all the hardening EXCEPT the ones that instructed applying code to NGINX server such as “Prevent PHP execution” and “Prevent Information Disclosure”.
so my question really is,
can the hardening, scans, etc. that Defender applies cause such issues where my server would block my ip ?
one more thing is i am seeing all the hardening i applied as “resolved” even though i deleted the .htaccess files – but now the .htaccess files are back in FTP but empty (no code in them).
and i dare NOT even try to “revert” or apply them again in case i get locked out again.
your very kind assistance in this would be greatly appreciated.
support access granted if need be.
thanks in advance.