403 Error With WordPress Stating You Are Blacklisted And You Can’t Login: Three Step Fix

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I was almost in a panic today when I got the following WordPress 403 Error:

Your Internet Protocol address is listed on a blacklist of addresses involved in malicious or illegal activity. See the listing below for more details on specific blacklists and removal procedures..

“Due to a real problem with a third party blacklist that Bad Behavior uses, users we’re sent a false positive and effectivley locked out of the WordPress account…”

THANKFULLY, the Bad Behavior people are on the ball and rectified this immediately.

You can download the patch and fine more about the issue here:


To fix your problem follow the following steps:

1. Get the patch from above and unzip it to your computer
2. FTP into the site where you are hosting WordPress
3. Copy the files contained in the patch over-top of your other Bad Behavior files in the wp-content/plugins folder

That’s it!  Try logging on again!

Best regards fellow WordPressers, Press on!


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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