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This plugin provides means to avert Brute-Force-Attacks on your Joomla-Installation. For this purpose, the plugin stores information on failed login attempts, so that when reaching a configurable number of such failed login attempts the attacker's IP address can be blocked. Furthermore, you can configure notifications about failed logins and blocked IP addresses, as well as a configurable (optionally even adaptive) delay for a failed login attempt.

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The component included in the package will allow you to view the blocked IP addresses and manage them, manage whitelists of IP addresses which will never be blocked, viewing failed log attempts and testing the notification.

New in Version 1.3.0:
- Allow showing IP address in blocked message
- Show hint to use reset password functionality
- small fixes

For a full list of changes in each version see the Changelog at

- pt-PT/pt-BR translations and various fixes by solrac (comproperty247(at)
- ca-ES translations by nouespai
- fr-FR translations by Flying_Lolo
- nl-NL translations and various fixes by Rob van Baal (info(at)
- es-ES translations by Aimagen (info(at)
- ru-RU translations by Raven (ravencrow(at)
- it-IT translations and various fixes by Stefano Buscaglia (info(at)
- old nl-NL translations by Agrusoft


This extension presumes that all brute force attacks come from a single IP address. That's just not typical of the attacks I see.

Ease of use

Not a problem to use.

Owner's reply: Hi and thanks for your review!
True, bfstop in its current form does not provide real protection against distributed attacks. I've also seen increased numbers of those, so there are some plans from my side to implement some countermeasures, see . If you have any further suggestions how this could be dealt with better, I would love to hear them!


Attackers get 3 knocks at my administrative login, and then they have to wait 5 minutes. Foils automated brute force attacks.

Ease of use

Simply install, and set 2 config options.

I used this to: Stop automated brute force attacks so my server logs don't fill up and become huge.

Nice plugin

Posted on 27 June 2015

Practical, everyone should use, BUT I would also like to see the password the user tried to use to login.

Ease of use

Weird the settings tab tests emails, weird the settings tab tests emails. If there are no settings it shouldn't have a title of settings

Owner's reply: Thanks for your review, and sorry for taking such a long time to get back to you on the points you mention.
As for seeing the password of the attempt, since I've also been asked this per mail already, I've asked an FAQ entry about it, see

Regarding the settings tab: The plan is to move all the settings there, see . Will be included in one of the next bfstop versions, probably 1.4!



Ease of use

As easy as counting 1-2-3..

I used this to: I use this for all my sites...
Owner's reply: Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review!
One quick question regarding your support rating - did you have any problems that weren't solved? In case of bugs or questions please open an issue at and I'll try my best to help!


Works perfectly

Ease of use

Very easy to use.


Self explainig

I used this to: Protect my site because i found many login tries in my logs.

A must have!

Posted on 28 March 2015

A must have for all Joomla sites!

Ease of use

Ease of Use

I used this to: I use this for all my sites.

Thanks a lot!

Should be a core feature

Posted on 11 March 2015
Ease of use
I used this to: This should be a core feature. After seeing how many failed login attempts were in my apache error logs, I installed this plugin and am shocked at how many failed logins it's caught in just the past half hour.

problems with 1.3

Posted on 07 March 2015
Ease of use
I used this to: I really liked this in joomla 2.5, but when I updated to Joomla 3.3, I installed the new version.Even after manually deleting all files and database tables there was an error on attempting to send an email notification 'class xxx not found in administrator/..../settings.php.
Owner's reply: Thanks for your review!
Regarding ease of use, any specific problems you had setting it up? If you have any suggestion regarding improving the usability, I'd be very glad to hear it (ideally you would report an issue on! Regarding support, I would also love to hear your suggestions on what I could improve - but please also consider that I'm writing (as well as giving support for) this plugin in my free time.

Ease of use

Setting are slightly ambiguous.

I used this to: All joomla websites published.

Should be Joomla core

Posted on 14 October 2014

I'm not sure what the likelihood is of someone actually succeeding in logging in to a site, but the idea scared me when I saw the number of attempts to access my site's Apache server. After The first day after installing BFStop, I got so many notices of failed attempts that I set it to send me only 1 message a day and to block the IP permanently after 5 failed attempts. Pretty much all attempts are to the usernames 'admin', 'administrator', or a variation of the url, so I suggest eliminating those even if you don't install BFStop. This extension is easy to understand and implement, and worked without a glitch for me.

Brute Force Stop

Bernhard Froehler
Last updated:
Jun 04 2015
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download
Uses updater:
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