This article explains how you can lock down
.htaccess. However, it might be a better option to protect the xmlrpc-php endpoint instead, filtering out the unwanted traffic.
xmlrpc.php endpoint can be misused as an endpoint for brute-force attacks.
If you do not use
xmlrpc.php for any integrations, you might as well disable it completely. Adding these lines to your
.htaccess file will disallow access to the endpoint for everyone.
~/public/.htaccess file and add:
<Files xmlrpc.php> Require all denied </Files>
xmlrpc.php is required by some plugins, like Jetpack.