Shield Security for WordPress


You Can Trust Shield To Do Exactly What It Says It Will Do

We know you may have been let down in the past, but Shield is the WordPress Security solution that does what it says it’ll do – Protect Your Site.

All-In-One Shield Is Easy To Use

Your WP Security plugin must be easy to understand and easy to install/setup – Shield built for both beginners and advanced.

And importantly, it comes highly recommended
– Shield has the highest average rating for any WP Security plugin.

Its simple but powerful protection blocks attacks and suspicious activity, but won’t lock you out.

Shield is the must-have, free Security Solution for all your WordPress sites.

Shield Features You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Beautiful, Easy-To-Use Guided Wizards – help you configure Shield and run scans like a Pro
  • Limit Login Attempts / Block Automatic Brute-Force Bots – all automatically
  • Powerful Core File Scanners – automatically detects malicious file changes and hacks you’d never see
  • Automatic IP Black List – no need for you to manage IPs!
  • 2-Factor Authentication – including Google Authenticator and Email
  • Block 100% Automated Comments SPAM
  • Audit Trail & User Activity Logging
  • Firewall
  • Security Admin Users
  • Block REST API / XML-RPC
  • HTTP Headers
  • Automatic Updates Control
  • and much, much more…

Don’t Leave Your Site At Risk
If your site is vulnerable to attack, you’re putting your business and your reputation at serious risk. Getting hacked can mean you’re locked out of your site, client data stolen, your website defaced or offline, and Google will penalise you.

Why take the risk?

Download and install Shield now for FREE so that you have the most powerful WordPress security system working for you and protecting your site.

The New Shield Pro

From November 2017, Shield Security now has a Pro version for those that need to take their Security to the next level.

The Pro Extras:

  1. Exclusive customer email support.
  2. Plugin Vulnerability Scanner.
  3. Plugin / Themes Hack Detection Scanner.
  4. More Frequent Scans – as often as every hour.
  5. Protection for your WooCommerce customers (incl. Easy Digital Downloads & BuddyPress)
  6. Remember-Me 2-Factor Authentication.
  7. Powerful Password Policies.
  8. Import/Export of options across sites.
  9. Improved Audit Trail logging
  10. Exclusive early access to new security features
  11. Text customisations for your visitors.
  12. No manual Pro plugin downloads – we handle this all for you automatically.
  13. No license keys to manage – it’s all automatic!
  14. (coming soon) White Labelling
  15. (coming soon) Statistics and Reporting
  16. (coming soon) Select individual automatic plugin updates

Learn more on going Pro at our One Dollar Plugin store.

Our Mission

All the great features of how Shield protects your sites and your customers data are set out below in detail, but there are a few things about us, that you should know first:

  • We’re on a mission to liberate people who manage websites from unnecessarily repetitive work, and by 2022 we want to
    be saving our clients over 62.5 million hours per year (and we’d love you to join us in our quest)
  • We have three rules that apply to everything we do, and you’ll see these when you use our products or contact us for help:
  1. We make everything as simple and easy-to-use as possible (and no simpler!).
  2. We’re reliable – we make sure our products do what they promise.
  3. We take ownership for resolving problems – we will solve the problem, or point you towards the solution.

So, read on for the detail, or start protecting yourself, your clients and your clients‘ customers immediately by
downloading and installing Shield now

What makes the Shield different?

  • Powerful free security protection.
  • Easy-To-Setup User Interface.
  • It won’t break your website – you’ll never get that horrible,
    pit-of-your stomach feeling you get with other security plugins when your website doesn’t load anymore.
  • Super Admin Security – the only WordPress Security Plugin that protects against tampering.
  • Exclusive membership to a private security group where you can learn more about WordPress security.

Awesome Features

  • Blocks malicious URLs and requests
  • Blocks ALL automated spambot comments.
  • Hide your WordPress Admin and Login page.
  • Prevents brute force attacks on your login and any attempted automatic bot logins.
  • Verify user identity with email-based Two-Factor Authentication
  • Monitor login activity and restrict username sharin, with User Sessions Management
  • Review admin activity with a detailed Audit Trail Log
  • Turn on and turn off WordPress Automatic Updates separately for plugins, themes and Core
  • Easy to use kill switch to temporarily turn off all Firewall Features without disabling the plugin or even logging into WordPress.

Super Admin Security Protection

The only WordPress security plugin with a WordPress-independent security key to protect itself. more info

Audit Trail Activity Monitor

With the Audit Trail you can review all major actions that have taken place on your WordPress site, by all users.

Firewall Protection

Blocks all web requests to the site that violate the firewall security rules! more info

Brute Force Login Guard and Two-Factor Authentication

Provides effective security against Brute Force Hacking and email based Two-Factor Authenticated login. more info

Comment SPAM (Full replacement and upgrade from Akismet)

Blocks ALL automatic Bot-SPAM, and catches Human Comments SPAM without sending data to 3rd parties or charging subscription fees. more info

FABLE – Fully Automatic Black Listing Engine

No more manual IP Black lists. This plugin handles the blocking of IP addresses for hosts that are naughty.

WordPress Lock Down

Numerous security and protection mechanisms to lock down your WordPress admin area, such as blocking file edits and enforcing SSL.

Automatic Updates

Take back control of your WordPress Automatic Updates.

Shield Security Explained

The Shield is built to be highly reliable and easy to use by anyone!

Originally built off the WordPress Firewall 2, it now includes much more:

  • 9 effective and clear, Firewall blocking options – pick and choose for ultimate protection and compatibility.
  • Option: Ignore already logged-in Administrators so you don’t firewall yourself as you work on the site.
  • Option: IP Address Whitelist. So you can vet your own IP addresses and 3rd Party Services.
  • Option: Developer option for 3rd Party Services to dynamically add IP Addresses to whitelist
    (our plugin is built to work with others!) E.g. iControlWP.
  • Option: IP Address Blacklist so you can completely block sites/services based on their IP address.
  • Option: to easily turn on / off the whole firewall without disabling the whole plugin! (so simple, but important)
  • Recovery Option: You can use FTP to manually turn ON/OFF the Firewall. This means if you accidentally lock yourself out, you can forcefully turn off the firewall using FTP. You can also
    turn back on the firewall using the same method.
  • Performance: When the firewall is running it is processing EVERY page load. So your firewall checking needs to be fast.
    This plugin is written to cache settings and minimize database access: 1-3 database calls per page load.
  • Logging: Full logging of Firewall (and other options) to analyse and debug your traffic and settings.
  • Option: Email when firewall blocks a page access – with option to specify recipient.
  • Option: Email throttling. If you get hit by a bot you wont get 1000s of email… you can throttle how many emails are sent.
    useful for 3rd party services that connect to the site using other plugins.

Basic functionality is based on the principles employed by the WordPress Firewall 2 plugin.

Login and Identity Security Protection – Stops Brute Force Attacks

Note: Login Guard is a completely independent feature to the Firewall.

With the Login Guard this plugin will single-handedly prevent brute force login attacks on all your WordPress sites.

It doesn’t need IP Address Ban Lists (which are actually useless anyway), and instead puts hard limits on your WordPress site,
and force users to verify themselves when they login.

Three core security features provide layers to protect the WordPress Login system.

  1. Email-based 2-Factor Login Authentication based on IP address! (prevents brute force login attacks)
  2. Login Cooldown Interval – WordPress will only process 1 login per interval in seconds (prevents brute force login attacks)
  3. GASP Anti-Bot Login Form Protection – Adds 2 protection checks for all WordPress login attempts (prevents brute force login attacks using Bots)

These options alone will protect and secure your WordPress sites from nearly all forms of Brute Force login attacks.

And you hardly need to configure anything! Simply check the options to turn them on, set a cooldown interval and you’re instantly protected.

SPAM and Comments Filtering

As of version 1.6, this plugin integrates GASP Spambot Protection.

We have taken this functionality a level further and added the concept of unique, per-page visit, Comment Tokens.

Comment Tokens are unique keys that are created every time a page loads and they are uniquely generated based on 3 factors:

  1. The visitors IP address.
  2. The Page they are viewing
  3. A unique, random number, generated at the time the page is loaded.

This is all handle automatically and your users will not be affected – they’ll still just have a checkbox like the original GASP plugin.

These comment tokens are then embedded in the comment form and must be presented to your WordPress site when a comment is posted. The plugin
will then examine the token, the IP address from which the comment is coming, and page upon which the comment is being posted. They must
all match before the comment is accepted.

Furthermore, we place a cooldown (i.e. you must wait X seconds before you can post using that token) and an expiration on these comment tokens.
The reasons for this are:

  1. Cooldown means that a spambot cannot load a page, read the unique comment token and immediately re-post a comment to that page. It must wait
    a while. This has the effect of slowing down the spambots, and, if the spambots get it wrong, they’ve wasted that token – as tokens can only
    be used once.
  2. Expirations mean that a spambot cannot get the token and use it whenever it likes, it must use it within the specfied time.

This all combines to make it much more difficult for spambots (and also human spammers as they have to now wait) to work their dirty magic 🙂


See FAQs.Note: When you enable the plugin, the firewall is not automatically turned on. This plugin contains various different sections of
protection for your site and you should choose which you need based on your own requirements.

Why do we do this? It’s simple: performance and optimization – there is no reason to automatically turn on features for people that don’t
need it as each site and set of requirements is different.

This plugin should install as any other respository plugin.

  1. Browse to Plugins -> Add Plugin
  2. Search: Shield
  3. Click Install
  4. Click to Activate.

A new menu item will appear on the left-hand side called ‚Shield‘.


Please see the dedicated help centre for details on features and some FAQs.

Installation Instructions

See FAQs.Note: When you enable the plugin, the firewall is not automatically turned on. This plugin contains various different sections of
protection for your site and you should choose which you need based on your own requirements.

Why do we do this? It’s simple: performance and optimization – there is no reason to automatically turn on features for people that don’t
need it as each site and set of requirements is different.

This plugin should install as any other respository plugin.

  1. Browse to Plugins -> Add Plugin
  2. Search: Shield
  3. Click Install
  4. Click to Activate.

A new menu item will appear on the left-hand side called ‚Shield‘.

How does the Shield compare with other WordPress Security Plugins?

Easy – we’re just better! 😉

We don’t have a premium version and we offer full support – see our Reviews for our users‘ opinions!

Secondly, we don’t modify a single core WordPress or web hosting file. This is important and explains why randomly you upgrade your security plugin and your site dies.

Ideally you shouldn’t use this along side other Anti-SPAM plugins or security plugins. If there is a feature you need, please feel free to suggest it in the support forums.

My server has a firewall, why do I need this plugin?

This plugin is an application layer firewall, not a server/network firewall. It is designed to interpret web calls to your site to
look for attempts to circumvent it and gain unauthorized access.

Your network firewall is designed to restrict access to your server based on certain types of network traffic. The Shield
is designed to restrict access to your site, based on certain type of web calls.

How does the IP Whitelist work?

Any IP address that is on the whitelist will not be subject to any of the firewall processing. This setting takes priority over all other settings.

Does the IP Whitelist support IP ranges?

Yes. To specify a range you use CIDR notation. E.g. ABC.DEF.GHJ.KMP/16

I want to black list an IP address, where can I do that?

You can’t. The plugin runs an automatic black list IP system so you don’t need to maintain any manual lists.

I’ve locked myself out from my own site!

This happens when any the following 3 conditions are met:

  • you have added your IP address to the firewall blacklist,
  • you have enabled 2 factor authentication and email doesn’t work on your site (and you haven’t chosen the override option)

You can completely turn OFF (and ON) the Shield by creating a special file in the plugin folder.

Here’s how:

  1. Open up an FTP connection to your site, browse to the plugin folder /wp-content/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/
  2. Create a new file in here called: „forceOff“.
  3. Load any page on your WordPress site.
  4. After this, you’ll find your Shield has been switched off.

If you want to turn the firewall on in the same way, create a file called „forceOn“.

Remember: If you leave one of these files on the server, it will override your on/off settings, so you should delete it when you no longer need it.

Which takes precedence… whitelist or blacklist?

Whitelist. So if you have the same address in both lists, it’ll be whitelisted and allowed to pass before the blacklist comes into effect.

What changes go into each version?

The changelog outlines the main changes for each release. We group changes by minor release „Series“. Changes in smaller „point“ releases are highlighted
using (v.1) notation. So for example, version 4.4.1 will have changelog items appended with (v.1)

Can I assist with development?

Yes! We actively develop our plugin on Github and the best thing you can do is submit pull request and bug reports which we’ll review.

How does the pages/parameters whitelist work?

It is a comma-separated list of pages and parameters. A NEW LINE should be taken for each new page name and its associated parameters.

The first entry on each line (before the first comma) is the page name. The rest of the items on the line are the parameters.

The following are some simple examples to illustrate:

edit.php, featured

On the edit.php page, the parameter with the name ‚featured‘ will be ignored.

admin.php, url, param01, password

Any parameters that are passed to the page ending in ‚admin.php‘ with the names ‚url‘, ‚param01‘ and ‚password‘ will
be excluded from the firewall processing.

*, url, param, password

Putting a star first means that these exclusions apply to all pages. So for every page that is accessed, all the parameters
that are url, param and password will be ignored by the firewall.

How does the login cooldown work?

When enabled the plugin will prevent more than 1 login attempt to your site every „so-many“ seconds. So if you enable a login cooldown
of 60 seconds, only 1 login attempt will be processed every 60 seconds. If you login incorrectly, you wont be able to attempt another
login for a further 60 seconds.

More Info:

How does the GASP Login Guard work?

This is best described on the blog

How does the 2-factor authentication work?

2-Factor Authentication is best described here.

I’m getting an update message although I have auto update enabled?

The Automatic (Background) WordPress updates happens on a WordPress schedule – it doesn’t happen immediately when an update is detected.
You can either manually upgrade, or WordPress will handle it in due course.

How can I remove the WordPress admin footer message that displays my IP address?

You can add some custom code to your functions.php exactly as the following:

add_filter( 'icwp_wpsf_print_admin_ip_footer', '__return_false' );
How can I change the text/html in the Plugin Badge?

Use the following filter and return the HTML/Text you wish to display:

add_filter( 'icwp_shield_plugin_badge_text', 'your_function_to_return_text' );
How can I change the roles for login notification emails?

Use the following filter and return the role in the function:

add_filter( 'icwp_wpsf-login-notification-email-role', 'your_function_to_return_role' );

Possible options are: network_admin, administrator, editor, author, contributor, subscriber


Deliver more than promised

If you are looking for a security plugin, a firewall, a way to prevent users to trash their own site, a astonishing support, than you’re in the right place. Shield Security just delivers all that and even more.

We had an issue related with the plugin and our website and after banging my head to the wall I contacted support. Honestly I should have done it in the first place because I would save my self from wasting time and gray cells.

Support just solved the issue, after listening and understanding our reality and not standard infrastructure. They did it in a matter of a blink of the eye. WOW!!

We are using Shield Security on our sites and on our client sites, and we could not be more satisfied. This is a must have plugin if you are serious about your work, your site and your client sites.

Comprehensive security, fantastic support

Shield Security handles virtually all major security concerns for a self-hosted WordPress site. The interface is well-designed and easy to navigate, and options are clearly labelled. While the plugin itself is of the highest quality, the support is incredible — fast, friendly, and responsive. I cannot recommend this plugin highly enough.


Absolutely love it. And the pro version is really cheap and great.

Read all 744 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Shield Security for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Shield Security for WordPress” has been translated into 7 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Shield Security for WordPress” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


Our policy was to never restrict security features to Pro upgrades. This has now changed.

Shield Pro brings exclusive features to the serious webmaster to maximise site security. You’ll also have access to our email technical support team.
If you don’t want to support the work, no problem! You can still continue to use Shield Security and its free features in-full.

You can go Pro for just $1/month.

6.6.0 – Current Release

Released: 19th March, 2018Release Notes

6.6 Series

Released: 19th March, 2018Release Notes

6.5 Series

Released: 5th March, 2018Release Notes

  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Plugin Guard better handles the case where a plugin/theme has been entirely renamed/removed.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Attempts to access the XML-RPC system when it’s disabled will now result in a transgression increment in the IP Black List
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Try to prevent black listing the server’s own public IP address where visitor IP address detection is not correctly configured.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Provisional support for not processing 2FA logins for Woocommerce Social Login plugin.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Plugin Guard better handles ignoring Plugins/Themes
  • (v.0) FIXED: A few small bugs

6.4 Series

Released: 26th February, 2018Release Notes

6.3 Series

Released: 12th February, 2018Release Notes

6.2 Series

Released: 31st January, 2018Release Notes

  • (v.2) FIXED: Fix for IP Manager PHP error.
  • (v.2) IMPROVED: Two-factor verification email.
  • (v.1) FIXED: Bug where administrator login email notification setting is not being honoured.
  • (v.1) IMPROVED: If a site is having trouble with database creation, User Sessions wont lock you out.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Major overhaul of the Shield User Sessions system.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Link the Security Admin authentication with the new Sessions system.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Major overhaul to plugin’s user meta data storage, limiting to a single DB entry for all data.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Ability to increase frequency of file system scans up to once every hour.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Add a „remember me“ option, to allow users to skip Multi-factor authentication for a set number of days.

6.1 Series

Released: 15th January, 2018Release Notes

  • (v.1) FIXED: Verify link missing from the two-factor authentication verification email.
  • (v.0) ADDED: 3x more Shield Wizards: Multi-factor Authentication, Core File Scanning, Unrecognised File Scanning.
  • (v.0) ADDED: You can now use regular expressions for file exclusions in the ‚Unrecognised File Scanner‘.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: File Scanner email notifications now link to the appropriate scanner wizard directly.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Plugin options pages restyling.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Plugin refactoring and improvements.

6.0 Series

Released: 18th December, 2017

  • (v.0) ADDED: All-new Shield Welcome and Setup Wizard – more helpful guided wizards to come.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Shield options import and export
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] In conjunction with import/export – Shield Security Network: automated options syncing.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Going forward, new features and options will support only PHP 5.4+. Existing features will remain unaffected.

5.20 Series

Released: 11th December, 2017

  • (v.0) IMPROVED: [PRO] Audit Trail length are configurable. Length for free is 50 entries (the original unpaginated limit)
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Large redesign of options sections to be more intuitive and cleaner
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Added dedicated help section for each module.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Certain modules have an new Actions centre, such a Audit Trail viewer and User Sessions manager
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Audit Trails are now ajax-paginated. You can browse through all your audit trail entries
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: User session tables are also ajax-paginated.

5.19 Series

Released: 4th December, 2017

  • (v.1) FIXED: Plugin Vulnerabilities scan for premium plugins.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Automated WordPress plugins vulnerability scanner with auto updates email notifications
  • (v.0) ADDED: Added Google reCAPTCHA support for register/forget password pages.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Support for Multi-Factor Authentication for WooCommerce and other 3rd party plugins.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Bot-protection/Google reCAPTCHA support for BuddyPress register pages.

5.18 Series

Released: 27th November, 2017

  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Invisible Google reCAPTCHA option.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Support for Google reCAPTCHA themes – light and dark.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENT: Google reCAPTCHA is more reliable and configurable.

5.17 Series

Released: 23rd November, 2017

  • (v.0) ADDED: Shield Security goes Pro! Added new options and extras to premium clients.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENT: Fix and improvement to Google reCAPTCHA.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Support for Woocommerce and Easy Digital Downloads login/registration form protection.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Ability to customise most user-facing texts.
  • (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Extra IP Transgression signal.

5.16 Series

Released: 16th October, 2017

With this release, we fixed a clash of options for Google reCAPTCHA. Every attempt was made to ensure no interruption to your existing settings, but please check to ensure your reCAPTCHA settings are as you expect them to be.

  • (v.4) FIX: Error with incorrect/unprefixed database table name used in SQL query.
  • (v.3) IMPROVEMENT: Tweak to the Visitor IP Auto-detection to better ensure CloudFlare IP addresses are ignored.
  • (v.3) IMPROVEMENT: Plugin Badge will now stay closed when a visitor closes it.
  • (v.2) FIX: Removed some namespace parsing that broke on sites with PHP 5.2.
  • (v.1) FIX: 404 page displayed for password reset request when Login URL is renamed.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENT: Much better auto-detection of valid request/visitor IP addresses.
  • (v.0) FIX: Clashing of reCAPTCHA options for Comments and Login Protection.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENT: Statistic Reporting database management and pruning.
  • (v.0) FIX: Various system fixes and improvements.

5.15 Series

Released: 21st September, 2017

  • (v.1) FIX: Processing AJAX requests from the Network Admin side of WordPress.
  • (v.1) IMPROVEMENTS: Better handling of file exclusions in the Hack Guard module.
  • (v.1) IMPROVEMENTS: Better handling of fatal errors in loading Shield where some core files are missing.
  • (v.0) ADDED: New HTTP Security Header: Referrer Policy.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Supports paths for file exclusions in the Unrecognised File Scanner.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Better interception of unintentional redirects to the hidden Login URL (e.g. /wp-admin/customize.php).
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Better handling of email sending entries in the Audit Trail.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Improved (tabbed) display of Audit Trail.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Better generation & handling of the One Time Password for email-based two-factor authentication.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Some code clean up and refactoring.

5.14 Series

Released: 9th September, 2017

  • (v.0) ADDED: Option for administrators to manually override and set the source of the visitor IP address.
  • (v.0) UPDATED: In-plugin documentation links to updated and revised helpdesk articles/blogs.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Strip out any non-alphanumeric characters uses in the generation of Google Authenticator URLs.
  • (v.0) FIX: Shield now ignores any requests sent to Rest API URIs with respect to Shield user sessions.

5.13 Series

Released: 15th August, 2017

  • (v.2) IMPROVEMENTS: Small adjustment to handling of Shield User sessions in conjunction with WordPress sessions.
  • (v.2) FIX: Restore display of help links for options.
  • (v.1) FIX: PHP 5.2 incompatibility.
  • (v.0) ADDED: New option for Unrecognised File Scanner to scan the Uploads folder for JS and PHP files.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Option to provide custom list of files to be excluded from the Unrecognised File Scanner.

5.12 Series

Released: 3rd August, 2017

  • (v.2) IMPROVEMENTS: Improved support for Windows IIS hosting for Unrecognised File Scanner
  • (v.2) CHANGED: Removed the email-based 2FA automatic login link.
  • (v.2) FIX: Potential bug with Shield not recognising plugin configuration updates and not rebuilding options accordingly.
  • (v.1) ADDED: A few more exclusions for the Unrecognised File Scanner
  • (v.1) FIX: Fix for Fatal error.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Unrecognised File Scanner release. Automatically detect and delete
    any files present in core WordPress directories that aren’t part of your core installation.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Updated Firewall rules for SQL under the ‚Aggressive‘ rule set.

5.11 Series

Released: 26th July, 2017

  • (v.1) FIX: JSON syntax
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Final preparation for Shield Central release.

5.10 Series

Released: 19th June, 2017

  • (v.2) FIXED: Fatal error with GASP + Password Reset.
  • (v.2) FIXED: Fatal error with failing reCAPTCHA HTTP requests.
  • (v.1) IMPROVEMENTS: Further preparation for Shield Central release.
  • (v.0) ADDED: More in-depth reporting and statistics gathering – options for reports will be made available
    in a later release.

5.9 Series

Released: 31st May, 2017

  • (v.0) ADDED: Help Videos for 1 or 2 modules. More to come and just testing format and uptake.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Special handling for WP Fastest Cache.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: Configuration for automatic self-update for the Shield plugin has been removed.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: No longer remove an existing user session when accessed from another IP address. Just redirect.
    Protects existing, legitimate sessions from being forcefully expired.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Danish string translation.

5.8 Series

Released: 7th April, 2017

  • (v.2) IMPROVEMENTS: The core file scanner now works more reliably for international WordPress installations.
  • (v.2) CHANGE: Login Cooldown now uses only the flag file as an indicator of login times.
  • (v.2) CHANGE: Filter to allow for changing the two factor timeout period, from 5 (minutes). Filter: icwp-wpsf-login_intent_timeout
  • (v.2) CHANGE: Changed timeout for two-factor authentication email to 5 minutes to account for slower email-sending providers.
  • (v.2) CHANGE: Added further clarification to the Login Notification email indicating that two-factor authentication was pending.
  • (v.1) FIXED: Fixed a couple of bugs with the Login Authentication Portal, for certain edge cases.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: Major overhaul of Two-Factor / Multi-Factor Login Authentication.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: Introduction of Login Authentication Portal for improved Multi-Factor Authentication.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Option to choose between two-factor or multi-factor login authentication.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Administrators can remove Google Authenticator from another user’s profile.
  • (v.0) ADDED: When Security Admin is active, only Security Admins may remove Google Authenticator from other admins.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: Yubikey login authentication is now managed directly from the User Profile screen, as with Google Authenticator.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: Email-based login authentication no longer uses a separate database table.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Core file scanning now adequately handles Windows/Unix new lines during scan.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Certain crons weren’t setup correctly.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Further preparation for Shield Central release.

5.7 Series

  • (v.3) FIXED: Attempt to improve the Google Authenticator flow for more reliable activation.
  • (v.2) IMPROVEMENTS: More admin notices when saving Google Authenticator settings.
  • (v.2) IMPROVEMENTS: Further preparation for Shield Central release.
  • (v.1) Skipped
  • (v.0) ADDED: Shortcode for displaying plugin badge in pages/posts.
  • (v.0) CHANGE: Enabled JS eval() for the Content Security Policy by default.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Replace YAML configuration files with JSON.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Preparation for Shield Central release.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Security Admin notices are more refined and optimized.
  • (v.0) IMPROVEMENTS: Removed unnecessary files/code.

5.6 Series

  • (v.2) CHANGE: Fix an instance where the hidden Login URL would be leaded.
  • (v.1) CHANGE: Replaying of Yubikey one-time-passwords is no longer permitted.
  • (v.1) ADDED: Filter for login form GASP fields.
  • (v.1) ADDED: Filter for comment form GASP fields.
  • (v.1) CHANGE: Improved compatibility of HTTP Headers with WP Super Cache.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Option to disable anonymous Rest API access. WordPress v4.7+ only. Note that if another plugin
    or service authenticates the request it will be honoured, whether anonymous or not.

5.5 Series

  • (v.6) IMPROVED: Fixed possible leak of the Login URL from the ‚Hide WP Login URL‘ feature.
  • (v.5) ADDED: Ability to add custom protocols to the domains (apart from http/s) to the Content Security Policy
  • (v.5) FIXED: Bug where automatic update emails would contain empty plugins.
  • (v.5) FIXED: Javascript scope on GASP form elements.
  • (v.5) FIXED: Various fixes and code improvements.
  • (v.4) FIXED: Bug with data cleaning/storage that caused stored options to balloon resulting in database timeouts. (only certain options affected)
  • (v.4) IMPROVED: Sometimes „anti-virus“ scanners scared normal, everyday hard-working folk by identifying a Shield file as being a virus, because they’re not very clever – reduced chances of this.
  • (v.3) ADDED: Fix for WordPress Multisite where the correct database prefix wasn’t being used.
  • (v.2) ADDED: Filter to allow modification of the email footer
  • (v.2) ADDED: Block auto-updates on Shield itself if PHP < 5.3 and new version is v6.0+
  • (v.2) FIXED: Missing Link
  • (v.2) FIXED: Plugin Installation ID wasn’t always being set
  • (v.2) TRANSLATIONS: Dutch (56%)
  • (v.1) ADDED: Built-in forceful protection in the form of a wp_die() against the (currently) un-patched W3 Total Cache XSS vulnerability more info
  • (v.1) IMPROVED: Better XMLRPC Lockdown – prevents ANY XMLRPC command processing.
  • (v.1) IMPROVED: Make certain strings translatable
  • (v.1) IMPROVED: Wrap-up certain login form elements into spans/divs to allow styling etc.
  • (v.1) IMPROVED: PHP Version number cleaning during stats tracking.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Options and statistics tracking ability. Over time we are looking to share statistics and performance metrics of Shield.
  • (v.0) IMPROVED: Performance for options loading, especially for web hosts that don’t permit file writing
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Numerous fixes and code improvements.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Removed query that deletes old GASP comment tokens on normal page loads.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Google reCAPTCHA is now based on the locale of the website, not auto-detected.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Now URL encodes the username in the link for two-factor authentication by email.
  • (v.0) FIXED: If the xmlrpc.php has been deleted, this is now ignore by the file scanner
  • (v.0) TRANSLATIONS: Dutch (38%), Portuguese (32%)

5.4 Series

  • (v.5) CHANGED: User Management module is no-longer enabled by default on clean installations
  • (v.5) CHANGED: Made the GASP checkbox for Login protection clickable by label. Thanks Aubrey!
  • (v.5) CHANGED: Shield Statistics only shows for WordPress admins (instead of all users)
  • (v.5) FIXED: Added a couple of guards to ensure data is of the correct format to prevent spurious errors
  • (v.5) FIXED: Bug where automatic file repair links from emails we’re not working.
  • (v.4) SKIPPED.
  • (v.3) FIXED: Various fixes and improvements
  • (v.3) CHANGED: Lots of cleaning of old code.
  • (v.3) REMOVED: Various old, unused options, and the force_ssl_login option as it’s deprecated by WordPress Core
  • (v.3) TRANSLATIONS: Dutch (36%), Swedish (35%)
  • (v.3) FIXED: Various fixes and improvements
  • (v.3) CHANGED: Lots of cleaning of old code.
  • (v.3) REMOVED: Various old, unused options, and the force_ssl_login option as it’s deprecated by WordPress Core
  • (v.3) TRANSLATIONS: Dutch (36%), Swedish (35%)
  • (v.2) ADDED: A guard around certain modules like, User Sessions, to ensure the DB has been initiated properly before use.
  • (v.2) ADDED: Exclusion for Swedish license files that don’t exist in the SVN repo.
  • (v.2) ADDED: Parameter exclusion for reCAPTCHA.
  • (v.2) CHANGED: HTTP Security Headers module is enabled by default on new installs.
  • (v.1) FIXED: Nasty bug that caused an infinite loop bug in some configurations.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Per-site plugin statistics gathering – summary display on admin dashboard.
  • (v.0) ADDED: HTML class to the „I’m a human“ checkbox field.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Ability to change minimum user role for login notification emails with use of add_filter(). See FAQs.
  • (v.0) REMOVED: Option ‚Prevent Remote Login‘ causes more trouble with than it’s worth with too many hosting configurations.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: For websites that don’t run WP Crons correctly, added code for automatic database cleaning.
  • (v.0) CLEANED: Removed Twig render code as it was never being used.

5.3 Series

  • (v.2) IMPROVED: HTTP Security Headers Content Security Policy now supports specifying HTTPS for domains/hosts.
  • (v.2) FIXED: Human Comment SPAM Feature didn’t fire under certain circumstances.
  • (v.2) FIXED: Fixed parsing of Human Comment SPAM dictionary words.
  • (v.1) TRANSLATIONS: Dutch (32%)
  • (v.0) ADDED: New Feature – HTTP Security Headers.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Prevent renaming WP Login to „/login“

5.2 Series

  • (v.0) ADDED: Guard against core file scanner and automatic WordPress updates clashing.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Logic for brute force login checking is improved – they all run before username/password checking
  • (v.0) FIXED: Certain older versions of PHP don’t like combined IPv4 and IPv6 filter flags
  • (v.0) FIXED: Google reCAPTCHA for WordPress sites that have restrictive settings for sockets etc.
  • (v.0) REMOVED: Plugin vulnerabilities scanner. It’s out-of-date and unsuitable.

5.1 Series

  • (v.0) FIXED: Improved compatibility with bbPress.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Optimizations around options and definitions (storing fewer options data)
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Improved styling and responsiveness of plugin badge.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Ability to programmatically export/import options – further preparation for iControlWP+Shield integration.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Issue where Core automatic updates would fail, but notification email was sent anyway

5.0 Series

  • (v.3) FIXED: Issue with setting session cookies with PHP 7
  • (v.2) FIXED: Rename WordPress Login URL bug
  • (v.2) CHANGED: reCAPTCHA text usage corrected throughout plugin.
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Removed the whole ‚wp-content‘ directory from the Core File Scanner feature.
  • (v.1) CHANGED: A WordPress filter to change the plugin badge text content (see FAQ)
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Tweaked the plugin badge styling.
  • (v.1) CHANGED: All emails sent by the plugin contain the name of the site and the current plugin version in the email footer.
  • (v.1) ADDED: In-plugin links to blogs and info articles for Google ReCaptcha and Google Authenticator
  • (v.0) NEW: WordPress Simple Firewall plugin has been re-branded and is called Shield
  • (v.0) ADDED: NEW feature – Google ReCaptcha for Comment SPAM and Login protection.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Support for this plugin is now Premium. Added Premium Support page that links to Helpdesk.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Refactor of comment spam code.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Core File Scanner now handles the odd Hungarian distribution.

4.17 Series

Released: 17th February, 2016

  • (v.0) ADDED: NEW feature – Google Authenticator Login option.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Core File Scanner now includes an automatic link to repair files (you must be logged in as admin for this link to work!).
  • (v.0) ADDED: NEW – if you already have a logged-in session and you open the login screen, you’ll be provided with a link to go straight to the admin area.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Email-based Two-Factor Authentication is now stateless/session-less – it will not check validity per-page load.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Changes to the email-based authentication system – now only 1 option and it no longer locks to IP or browser.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Various efficiency improvements including reduced SQL updates.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Email system is improved and now send emails from the default WordPress sender. This may be changed with filter.

4.16 Series

Released: 20th January, 2016

  • (v.2) CHANGED: Further changes and improvements to the Core File Scanner.
  • (v.2) CHANGED: Improvements to the automatic black list system for failed login attempts.
  • (v.2) TRANSLATIONS: Turkish (100%)
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Improved the contents of the Core File Scanner notification email with links to original source files.
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Now also excluding the /wp-content/languages/ directory since translations may update independently.
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Handles the special case of old index.php files
  • (v.0) ADDED: Feature: Automatically scans WordPress Core files and detects alterations from the default WordPress Core File data
  • (v.0) ADDED: Feature: to automatically attempt to repair/replace WordPress Core files that are discovered which have been altered.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Option to toggle the Plugin Vulnerabilities cron.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Two-Factor Authentication links now honour the WordPress ‚redirect_to‘ parameter.

4.15 Series

Released: 6th January, 2016

  • (v.0) ADDED: New and updated Firewall rules as well as a new ‚Aggressive‘ option that looks for additional request data. Disabled by default, but may cause an increase in false positives.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Improved and optimized Firewall processing.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Issue where automatic update notification emails are sent out without any update notices (probably due to failed updates).
  • (v.0) FIXED: Small conflict with WP Login Rename and other security plugins.
  • (v.0) TRANSLATIONS: Czech (91%), Finnish (98%), Turkish (98%).

4.14 Series

Released: 20th November, 2015

  • (v.2) ADDED: User notice message displayed when the ‚Theme My Login‘ plugin is active and you try to rename your login URL – It is not compatible.
  • (v.1) ADDED: Added WordPress filter option to specify URL instead of present a 404 when Rename WP Login is active. more info
  • (v.1) ADDED: Added ‚Unique Plugin Installation ID‘ to be utilized in the future.
  • (v.1) FIXED: WordPress Comments bug where some comments didn’t pass through the SPAM filters in a certain scenario.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Custom Automatic Update Notifications Email that runs separately to the in-built WordPress core notification email.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Filter to remove the admin area IP address footer text
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Added native support for PayPal return links – whitelisting „verify_sign“ parameter.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Tweak patterns for matching on ‚WordPress terms‘.
  • (v.0) TRANSLATIONS: Danish (100%), Czech (92%), Turkish (92%), Finnish (88%),
  • (v.0) FIXED: Small bugs and readying for WordPress 4.4

4.13 Series

Released: 22nd October, 2015

  • (v.0) NEW: Added option to block the modification, addition/promotion and deletion of WordPress administrators users within the ‚Security Admin‘ module.
  • (v.0) NEW: Renamed ‚Admin Access‘ module to ‚Security Admin‘.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Simplified and consolidated the use of cookies for User Session – sets and removes cookies better to reduce their usage.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Simplified and consolidated the use of cookies for Two Factor Login Authentication.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Cleaned up some Comment SPAM filtering code.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Comments Filter doesn’t use cookies unless a session cookie for the visitor already exists.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: IP Manager Automatic Black List – default black list duration is now 1 minute & default transgressions limit is 10
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Improvements to the database create queries: use MySQL Engine defaults (instead of MyISAM); use WordPress dbDelta() for updates.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Various code optimizations and cleaning.

4.12 Series

Released: 10th October, 2015

  • (v.0) NEW: Option to completely disable the XML-RPC system. more info
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Logged-in users are automatically forwarded to the WordPress admin only if they are Administrators.

4.11 Series

Released: 5th October, 2015

  • (v.0) NEW: Ability to now completely block the update/changing of certain WordPress site options. more info
  • (v.0) FIXED: Various small bugs with the IP Manager UI ajax.
  • (v.0) FIXED: Uncaught PHP Exception when a site’s hosting isn’t properly configured to handle IPv6 addresses.
  • (v.0) TRANSLATIONS: Danish – 57%, Czech – 100%, Finnish – 94%

4.10 Series

Released: 23rd August, 2015

  • (v.4) REFACTOR: Notifications system is more reliable and most notices can be hidden/closed (at least for the current page load as some notices are persistent).
  • (v.4) REMOVED: The old manual black list option has been completely removed – in favour of the automatic black list system.
  • (v.4) CHANGED: Revised the order of certain hooks being created to avoid the possibility of pluggable.php not being loaded for PHP Shutdown.
  • (v.4) CHANGED: The presence of IP addresses in the IP Whitelist will force the IP Manager feature to be enabled.
  • (v.4) CHANGED: We now make an attempt to prevent the caching of WordPress wp_die() pages that we generate. (compatible with at least W3TC, Super Cache)
  • (v.4) TRANSLATIONS: Turkish – 100%, Danish – 3%

  • (v.3) FIXED: Another PHP 5.2 incompatibility.

  • (v.2) ADDED: White Listing UI to the IP Manager – CIDR ranges are supported (also automatically migrates IPs, except ranges, from legacy to new)
  • (v.2) ADDED: Returned the black marking of failed WP login attempts to the automatic black list system
  • (v.2) ADDED: Using a 3rd party API service: – to find the server’s own IP address so we can ensure it’s not used in the black lists
  • (v.2) CHANGED: AJAX calls are handled more robustly with actual error messages where possible.
  • (v.2) FIXED: A few black list processing bugs.

  • (v.1) ADDED: UI to view and remove IP address from Automatic Black List Engine.

  • (v.1) FIX: Removed transgression counting on failed logins – WP data is inconsistent.
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Original legacy white list now takes priority over new auto black list
  • (v.1) CHANGED: Default transgressions limit is now 7
  • (v.1) ADDED: Ability to reset plugin options to default using ‚reset‘ flag file. more info
  • (v.0) NEW FEATURE: ‚FABLE‘ – Fully Automatic Black Listing Engine.

Simply put, FABLE will automatically block all malicious traffic by IP, based on their activity. This Security Plugin will track malicious behaviour
and count all transgressions that visitors make against the site. Once a particular visitor exceeds the specified number transgressions, FABLE
will outright block any access they have to your WordPress site.

What makes the FABLE system better?

  • Hands Free – Automatic. No more need for maintaining manual black lists.
  • Loads first before other plugins.
  • Automatic pruning. Based on expiration time you specify, older IP address will be removed.
  • Increased Performance. With automatic pruning, IP look-up tables remain small and concise so page load times for legitimate visitors is minimally affected.
  • Adaptive. It wont just block based on 1 misdemeanour – instead you may allow any given visitor grace to legitimately get things wrong (like login passwords).
  • Intelligent. With an fully integrated plugin such as this, it uses login failure attempts, spam comment attempts, login brute force attempts to capture malicious visitors.

Which actions will trigger an ABLE transgression?

  • Attempt to login with an invalid username/password combination
  • Any attempt to login while the login cooldown system is in-effect
  • Any login attempt that trips the GASP Login protection system
  • Any login attempt with a username that doesn’t exist
  • Any attempt to access /wp-admin/, /login/, or wp-login.php while the Rename WP Login setting is active
  • Any comment that gets labelled as SPAM by the plugin
  • Failed attempt to authenticate with the plugin’s Admin Access Protection module
  • Any trigger of a Firewall block rule

4.9 Series

Released: 7th July, 2015

  • (v.8) CHANGED: Firewall, User Sessions and Lockdown Feature Modules are now enabled by default for new installations.
  • (v.8) FIX: Some server email programs can’t handle colons (:) in the email subject (because supporting all characters would be waaay too radical man).
  • (v.8) ADDED: Function to better get the WordPress home URL to prevent interference from other plugins.
  • (v.8) CHANGED: Updated Text For Author Scan Block feature.
  • (v.7) CHANGED: How author query blocking works to be more reliable and stricter – only runs when users are not logged in, and it will DIE instead of redirect.
  • (v.6) ADDED: New Option: prevent detection of usernames using the ?author=N query. (location under section: Lockdown -> Obscurity)
  • (v.6) FIXED: Infinite redirect loop logic prevents redirect for rejected comment SPAM that’s posted in bulk. This results in email notifications for spam comments.
  • (v.5) ADDED: The plugin will load itself first before all other plugins
  • (v.5) FIXED: No longer using parse_url() to determine the request URL as it’s too inconsistent and unreliable.
  • (v.4) FIX: Audit Trail Viewer display issue with non-escaped HTML (Thanks Chris!)
  • (v.4) ADDED: An admin warning for sites with PHP version less than 5.3.2 (future versions will require this as a minimum)
  • (v.4) TRANSLATIONS: Danish – 6%, Spanish – 76%
  • (v.3) ADDED: Further checking for availability of certain PHP/server data before enabling the rename WordPress login feature
  • (v.3) ADDED: Option to add the Plugin Badge as a Widget to your side-bar or page footer, or any other widget area.
  • (v.3) TRANSLATIONS: Polish – 100%
  • (v.2) ADDED: Email notifications sent out to report email address on a daily cron. more info
  • (v.2) FIX: Work around a WordPress inline plugin update Javascript bug.
  • (v.1) FIX: Fix syntax support for earlier versions of PHP.
  • (v.0) FEATURE: Plugin Vulnerabilities Detection: If you’re running plugins with known vulnerabilities you will be warned – more info

4.8 Series

Released: 21st June, 2015

  • (v.0) FEATURE: Admin Access Restriction Areas – Restrict access to certain WordPress areas and functionality to Administrators with the Admin Access key.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Admin Access Restriction Area – Plugins. You can now restrict access to certain Plugin actions – activate, install, update, delete.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Admin Access Restriction Area – Themes. You can now restrict access to certain Theme actions – activate, install, update, delete.
  • (v.0) ADDED: Admin Access Restriction Area – Pages/Post. You can now restrict access to certain Page/Post actions – Create/Edit, Publish, Delete.

4.7 Series

Released: 29th April, 2015

  • (v.7) FIXED: The text used to explain why some comments were marked as spam was broken.
  • (v.7) FIXED: Group sign-up form now honours your SSL setting.
  • (v.7) TRANSLATIONS: Spanish – 74%, Russian – 91%, Turkish – 94%, Polish- 95%, Finnish – 100%
  • (v.6) FIXED: Verifying ability to send/receive email doesn’t complete if Admin Access Protection is turned on.
  • (v.6) FIXED: GASP Login Protection feature breaks because certain key options aren’t initialized when the feature is enabled.
  • (v.6) FIXED: Some „more info“ links were empty.
  • (v.4) ADDED: Email Sending Verification when enabling two-factor authentication – this ensures your site can send (and you can receive) emails.
  • (v.4) ADDED: Section Summaries – each option tab contains a small text summary outlining the purpose and recommendation for each.
  • (v.4) CHANGED: The Admin Access Key input is now a password field.
  • (v.4) CHANGED: Custom Login URL now works with or without trailing slash.
  • (v.4) CHANGED: Streamlining and improvement of PHP UI templates
  • (v.4) ADDED: Implemented TWIG for templates (not yet activated)
  • (v.4) TRANSLATIONS: Romanian (100%), Spanish-Spain (63%)
  • (v.3) ADDED: Integrated protection against 2x RevSlider vulnerabilities (Local File Include and Arbitrary File Upload)
  • (v.3) CHANGED: Reverted the addition of Permalinks/Rewrite rules flushing, in case this is a problem for some.
  • (v.2) UPDATED/FIX: Major fixes and improvements to the rename wp-login.php feature.
  • (v.2) TRANSLATIONS: Mexican-Spanish (61%), Arabic (38%)
  • (v.1) FIX: Silence warnings from filesystem touch() command.
  • (v.1) TRANSLATIONS: Polish (100%), Finnish (100%), Czech (73%), Arabic (34%)
  • (v.0) UPDATED: Options page user interface re-design.
  • (v.0) FIX: Audit trail time now reflects the user’s timezone correctly.
  • (v.0) FIX: Better compatibility with BBPress.
  • (v.0) UPDATED: Underlying plugin code improvements.
  • (v.0) TRANSLATIONS: Russian (100%), Czech (70%), Polish (97%)

4.6 Series

Released: 10th April, 2015

  • (v.3) SECURITY: Added protection against XSS vulnerability in WordPress comments. Learn More – Note: This is not a vulnerability with the Firewall plugin.
  • (v.3) SECURITY: Added extra precautions to WordPress URL redirects. Learn More.
  • (v.3) TRANSLATIONS: Russian (70%), Czech (67%)
  • (v.2) FIX: Bug with the database table verification logic.
  • (v.2) TRANSLATIONS: Russian (New- 54%), Romanian (100%), Turkish (89%), Czech (53%)
  • (v.1) FIX: XMLRPC compatibility logic was preventing other non-XMLRPC related code from running.
  • (v.1) UPDATED: Plugin Badge styling
  • (v.1) UPDATED: Updated Czech(41%) and Spanish (60%) translations
  • (v.0) ADDED: New feature that displays the last login time for all users on the users listing page (User Management feature must be enabled).
  • (v.0) ADDED: Completely optional promotional Plugin Badge option – help us promote the plugin and reassure your site visitors at the same time. Learn More
  • (v.0) UPDATED: Updated Czech(38%) translations

4.5 Series

Released: 6th March, 2015

  • (v.5) CHANGED: Updated Finnish (100%), Czech (16%) translations
  • (v.5) CHANGED: Change logs now more clearly display changes between versions
  • (v.5) FIX: Small translation coverage
  • (v.4) ADDED: New and updated language translations including Polish (100%), Finnish
  • (v.4) FIX: Better string translation coverage for menus etc.
  • (v.3) ADDED: New and updated language translations including Polish, Czech and German
  • (v.3) CHANGED: Only set the plugin cookie if necessary
  • (v.2) CHANGED: Attempt to resolve DB errors related to transient options reported on WP Engine
  • (v.1) ADDED: New feature- GASP Login Protection can now be applied to lost password form – enabled by default
  • (v.0) ADDED: New feature- GASP Login Protection can now be applied to user registrations – enabled by default

4.4 Series

Released: 21st February, 2015

  • (v.2) ADDED: Romanian Translation.
  • (v.2) ADDED: A plugin minimum-requirements processing system.
  • (v.2) IMPROVED: The WordPress admin-UI code is simpler and cleaner.
  • (v.1) ADDED: Significant performance enhancement in plugin loading times (up to 50% reduction).
  • (v.0) CHANGED: The ‚Prevent Remote Login‘ option now tries to detect web hosting server compatibility before allowing it to be enabled.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: More lax in finding the ‚forceOff‘ file when users are trying to turn off the firewall.
  • (v.0) CHANGED: Parsing the URL no longer outputs warnings that might interfere with response headers.

4.3 Series

Released: 15th January, 2015

  • (v.6) FIXES: More thorough validation of whitelisted IP addresses
  • (v.5) FIXES: Some hosting environments need absolute file paths for PHP include()/require()
  • (v.5) CHANGED: Streamlined the detection of whitelisting and added in-plugin notification if you are whitelisted
  • (v.4) FIXES: Work around for cases where PHP can’t successfully run parse_url()
  • (v.2) IMPROVED: Refactoring for better code organisation
  • ADDED: New Feature – Rename WP Login Page.
  • ADDED: UI indicators on whether plugins will be automatically updated in the plugins listing.
  • CHANGED: IP Address WhiteList is now global for the whole plugin, and can be accessed under the „Dashboard“ area
  • IMPROVED: Firewall processing code is simplified and more efficient.


Released: 22th December, 2014

  • FIXED: Changes to how feature specifications are read from disk to prevent .tmp file build up.


Released: 12th December, 2014

  • ADDED: Audit Trail Auto Cleaning – default cleans out entries older than 30 days.
  • FIXED: Various small bug fixes and code cleaning.


Released: 24th November, 2014

  • FIXED: Fixed small logic bug which prevented deactivation of the plugin on the UI.


Released: 19th November, 2014

  • IMPROVED: User Sessions are simplified.
  • UPDATED: a few translation files based on the latest available contributions.


  • ADDED: Self-correcting database table validation – if the structure of a database table isn’t what is expected, it’ll be re-created.


  • WARNING: Due to new IPv6 support, all databases tables will be rebuilt – all active user sessions will be destroyed.
  • ADDED: Preliminary support for IPv6 addresses throughout. We don’t support whitelist ranges but IPv6 addresses are handled much more reliably in general.
  • ADDED: New audit trail concept added called „immutable“ that represents entries that will never be deleted – such entries would usually involve actions taken on the audit trail itself.
  • FIXED: Support for audit trail events with longer names.
  • IMPROVED: Comments Filtering – It now honours the WordPress settings for previously approved comment authors and never filters such comments.
  • REMOVED: Option to enable GASP Comments Filtering for logged-in users has been completely removed – this reduces plugin options complexity. All logged-in users by-pass all comments filtering.
  • FIXED: Prevention against plugin redirect loops under certain conditions.
  • FIXED: IP whitelisting wasn’t working under certain cases.


  • ADDED: New Feature – Audit Trail
  • ADDED: Audit Trail options include: Plugins, Themes, Email, WordPress Core, Posts/Pages, Shield plugin
  • FIXED: Full and proper cleanup of plugin options, crons, and databases upon deactivation.
  • REMOVED: Firewall Log. This is no longer an option and is instead integrated into the „Shield“ Audit Trail.


  • ADDED: Better admin notifications for events such as options saving etc.
  • CHANGE: Some plugin styling to highlight features and options better.
  • FIXED: Small bug with options default values.


  • ADDED: A warning message on the WordPress admin if the „forceOff“ override is active.
  • CHANGED: The ‚forceOff‘ system is now temporary – i.e. it doesn’t save the configuration, and so once this file is removed, the plugin returns to the settings specified.
  • CHANGED: The ‚forceOn‘ option is now removed.
  • FIXED: Problems with certain hosting environments reading in files with the „.yaml“ extension – support ref
  • FIXED: Small issue where when the file system paths change, some variables don’t update properly.


  • CHANGED: Plugin features are now configured using YAML – no more in-PHP configuration.
  • REMOVED: A few options from User Sessions Management as they were unnecessary.
  • CHANGED: Database storing tables now have consistent naming.
  • FIXED: Issue with User Sessions Management where ‚0‘ was specified for session length, resulting in lock out.
  • FIXED: Firewall log gathering.
  • FIXED: Various PHP warning notices.


  • ADDED: Option to limit number of simultaneous sessions per WordPress user login name (User Management section)


  • ADDED: Option to send notification when an administrator user logs in successfully (under User Management menu).
  • CHANGED: Refactoring for how GET and POST data is retrieved


  • FIXED: Custom Comment Filter message problem when using more than one substitution. ref


  • ADDED: Options to allow by-pass XML-RPC so as to be compatible with WordPress iPhone/Android apps.
  • UPDATED: Login screen message when you’re forced logged-out due to 2-factor auth failure on IP or cookie.
  • CHANGED: Tweaked method for setting admin access protection on/off
  • CHANGED: comment filtering code refactoring.
  • FIXED: Options that were „multiple selects“ weren’t saving correctly


  • FIX: Where some comments would fail GASP comment token checking.


  • FIX: Logout URL parameters are now generated correctly so that the correct messages are shown.
  • CHANGED: small optimizations and code refactoring.
  • UPDATED: a few translation files based on the latest available contributions.


  • FIX: issue with login cooldown timeouts not being updated where admin access restriction is in place.


  • FIX: auto-updates feature not loading
  • FIX: simplified implementation of login protection feature to reduce possibility for bugs/lock-outs
  • FIX: auto-forwarding for wp-login.php was preventing user logout


  • ADDED: option to check the logged-in user session only on WordPress admin pages (now the default setting)
  • ADDED: option to auto-forward to the WordPress dashboard when you go to wp-login.php and you’re already logged in.
  • ADDED: message to login screen when no user session is found
  • CHANGED: does not verify session when performing AJAX request. (need to build appropriate AJAX response)
  • FIX: for wp_login action not passing second argument


  • FEATURE: User Management. Phase 1 – create user sessions to track current and attempted logged in users.
  • CHANGED: MASSIVE plugin refactoring for better performance and faster, more reliable future development of features
  • ADDED: Obscurity Feature – ability to remove the WP Generator meta tag.
  • ADDED: ability to change user login session length in days
  • ADDED: ability to set session idle timeout in hours
  • ADDED: ability to lock session to a particular IP address (2-factor auth by IP is separate)
  • ADDED: ability to view active user sessions
  • ADDED: ability to view last page visited for active sessions
  • ADDED: ability to view last active time for active sessions
  • ADDED: ability to view failed or attempted logins in the past 48hrs
  • ADDED: Support for GASP login using WooCommerce
  • CHANGED: Admin Access Restriction now has a separate options/feature page
  • CHANGED: Admin styling to better see some selected options
  • ADDED: Support for WP Wall shoutbox plugin (does no GASP comment checks)
  • CHANGED: Removed support for upgrading from versions prior to 2.0
  • CHANGED: Removed support for importing from Firewall 2 plugin – to import, manually install plugin v2.6.6, import settings, then upgrade.


  • FIX: Improved compatibility with bbPress.


  • FIX: Could not enable Admin Access Protection feature on new installs due to too aggressive testing on security.


  • ENHANCED: Dashboard now shows a more visual summary of settings and removes duplicate options settings with links to sections.
  • ENHANCED: WordPress Lock Down options now also set the corresponding WordPress defines if they’re not already.


  • ADDED: More in-line plugin links to help/blog resources
  • ENHANCED: Admin Access Protection is further enhanced in 3 ways:
  1. More robust cookie values using MD5s
  2. Blocks plugin options updating right at the point of WordPress options update so nothing can rewrite the actual plugin options.
  3. Locks the current Admin Access session to your IP address – effectively only 1 Shield admin allowed at a time.


  • ENHANCED: Added option to completely reject a SPAM comment and redirect to the home page (so it doesn’t fill up your database with rubbish)
  • ADDED: Plugin now has an internal stats counter for spam and other significant plugin events.


  • ADDED: Plugin now installs with default SPAM blacklist.
  • ADDED: Now automatically checks and updates the SPAM blacklist when it’s older than 48hrs.
  • ENHANCED: Comment messages indicate where the SPAM content was found when marking human-based spam messages.


Major Features Release: Please review SPAM comments filtering options to determine where SPAM goes

  • FEATURE: Added Human SPAM comments filtering – replacement for Akismet that doesn’t use or send any data to 3rd party services. Uses Blacklist provided and maintained by Grant Hutchinson
  • ENHANCED: Two-Factor Login now automatically logs in the user to the admin area without them having to re-login again.
  • ENHANCED: Added ability to terminate all currently (two-factor) verified logins.
  • ENHANCED: Spam filter/scanning adds an explanation to the SPAM content to show why a message was filtered.
  • FIXES: For PHP warnings while in php strict mode.
  • CLEAN: Much cleaning up of code.


  • FEATURE: Added option to try and exclude search engine bots from firewall checking option – OFF by default.


  • FEATURE: Added ‚PHP Code‘ Firewall checking option.


  • IMPROVED: Handling and logic of two-factor authentication and user roles/levels


  • FEATURE: Added ability to specify the particular WordPress user roles that are subject to 2-factor authentication. (Default: Contributors, Authors, Editors and Administrators)


  • FEATURE: Added ‚Lockdown‘ feature to force login to WordPress over SSL.
  • FEATURE: Added ‚Lockdown‘ feature to force WordPress Admin dashboard to be delivered over SSL.
  • FIX: Admin restricted access feature wasn’t disabled with the „forceOff“ option.


  • FIX: How WordPress Automatic/Background Updates filters worked was changed with WordPress 3.8.2.


  • UPDATED: Translations. And confirmed compatibility with WordPress 3.9


  • FEATURE: Option to Prevent Remote Posting to the WordPress Login system. Will check that the login form was submitted from the same site.


  • UPDATED: Translations and added some partials (Catalan, Persian)
  • FIX: for cleanup cron running on non-existent tables.


  • FEATURE: Two-Factor Authenticated Login using Yubikey One Time Passwords (OTP).


  • ADDED: Translations: Spanish, Italian, Turkish. (~15% complete)
  • UPDATED: Hebrew Translations (100%)


  • ADDED: Contextual help links for many options. More to come…
  • ADDED: More Portuguese (Brazil) translations (~80%)


  • ADDED: More strings to the translation set for better multilingual support
  • ADDED: Portuguese (Brazil) translations (~40%)
  • UPDATED: Hebrew Translations
  • FIXED: Automatic cleaning of database logs wasn’t actually working as expected. Should now be fixed.


  • NEW: Option to enable Two-Factor Authentication based on Cookie. In this way you can tie a user session to a single browser.
  • FIX: Better WordPress Multisite (WPMS) Support.


  • FIX: Automatic updating of itself.


  • ADDED: Hebrew Translations. Thanks Ahrale!
  • ADDED: Automatic trimming of the Firewall access log to 7 days – it just grows too large otherwise.
  • FIX: The previously added automatic clean up of old comments and login protect database entries was wiping out the valid login protect
    entries and was forcing users to re-login every 24hrs.
  • FIX: Some small bugs, errors, and PHPDoc Comments.


  • ADDED: Automatic cleaning of GASP Comments Filter and Login Protection database entries (older than 24hrs) using WordPress Cron (everyday @ 6am)
  • CHANGED: Huge code refactoring to allow for more easily use with other WordPress plugins.


  • ADDED: Email sending options for automatic update notifications – options to change the notification email address, or turn it off completely.


  • FIX: Small bug fix.
  • CHANGED: When running a force automatic updates process, tries to remove influence from other plugins and uses only this plugin’s automatic updates settings.
  • CHANGED: A bit of automatic updates code refactoring.


  • CHANGED: Changed all options to be disabled by default.
  • CHANGED: The option for admin notices will turn off all main admin notices except after you update options.


  • ADDED: Verified compatibility with WordPress 3.8


  • CHANGED: Certain filesystem calls are more compatible with restrictive hosting environments.
  • CHANGED: Plugin is now ready to integate with iControlWP automatic background updates system.
  • FIX: Login Protection Cooldown feature may not operate properly in certain scenarios.


  • IMPROVED: Improved logic for Firewall whitelisting for pages and parameters to ensure whitelisting rules are followed.
  • CHANGED: The whitelisting rule for posting pages/posts is only for the „content“ and the firewall checking will apply to all other page parameters.


  • FIX: When you run the Force Automatic Background Updates, it disables the plugins. This problem is now fixed.


  • FIX: A bug that prevented auto-updates of this plugin.
  • FIX: Not being able to hide translations and upgrade notices.
  • ADDED: Tweaks to auto-update feature to allow interfacing with the iControlWP service to customize the auto update system.


  • ADDED: A button that lets you run the WordPress Automatic Updates process on-demand (so you don’t have to wait for WordPress cron).
  • CHANGED: The plugin now sets more options to be turned on by default when the plugin is first activated.
  • CHANGED: A lot of optimizations and code refactoring.


  • FIX: Whoops, sorry, accidentally removed the option to toggle „disable file editing“. It’s back now.


  • CHANGED: WordPress filters used to programmatically update whitelists now update the Login Protection IP whitelist


  • ADDED: Localization capabilities. All we need now are translators! Go here to get started.
  • ADDED: Option to mask the WordPress version so the real version is never publicly visible.


  • CHANGED: Simplified the automatic WordPress Plugin updates into 1 filter for consistency


  • ADDED: Increased admin access security features – blocks the deactivation of itself if you’re not authenticated fully with the plugin.
  • ADDED: If you’re not authenticated with the plugin, the plugin listing view wont have ‚Deactivate‘ or ‚Edit‘ links.


  • ADDED: New WordPress Automatic Updates Configuration settings


  • ADDED: Notification of available plugin upgrade is now an option under the ‚Dashboard‘
  • CHANGED: Certain admin and upgrade notices now only appear when you’re authenticated with the plugin (if this is enabled)
  • FIXED: PHP Notice with undefined index.


  • ADDED: Feature- Access Key Restriction more info.
  • ADDED: Feature- WordPress Lockdown. Currently only provides 1 option, but more to come.


  • CHANGED: Reworked a lot of the plugin to optimize for further performance.
  • FIX: Potential infinite loop in processing firewall.


  • ADDED: Much more efficiency yet again in the loading/saving of the plugin options.


  • ADDED: Preliminary WordPress Multisite (WPMS/WPMU) Support.
  • CHANGED: The Firewall now kicks in on the ‚plugins_loaded‘ hook instead of as the actual firewall plugin is initialized (as a result
    of WP Multisite support).


  • REMOVED: Automatic upgrade option until I can ascertain what caused the plugin to auto-disable.


  • ADDED: Options to fully customize the text displayed by the GASP comments section.
  • ADDED: Option to include logged-in users in the GASP Comments Filter.


  • ADDED: A new section – ‚Comments Filtering‘ that will form the basis for filtering comments with SPAM etc.
  • ADDED: Option to add enhanced GASP based comments filtering to prevent SPAM bots posting comments to your site.


  • IMPROVED: Whitelist/Blacklist IP range processing to better cater for ranges when saving, with more thorough checking.
  • IMPROVED: Whitelist/Blacklist IP range processing for 32-bit systems.
  • FIXED: A bug with Whitelist/Blacklist IP checking.


  • FIXED: Quite a few bugs fixed.


  • FIXED: Typo error.


  • FIXED: Some of the firewall processors were saving unnecessary data.


  • CHANGED: The method for finding the client IP address is more thorough, in a bid to work with Proxy servers etc.
  • FIXED: PHP notice reported here:


  • FIXED: Bug fix where IP address didn’t show in email.
  • FIXED: Attempt to fix problem where update message never hides.


  • ADDED: A new IP whitelist on the Login Protect that lets you by-pass login protect rules for given IP addresses.
  • REMOVED: Firewall rule for wp-login.php and whitelisted IPs.


  • ADDED: The plugin now has an option to automatically upgrade itself when an update is detected – enabled by default.


  • ADDED: The plugin will now displays an admin notice when a plugin upgrade is available with a link to immediately update.
  • ADDED: Plugin collision: removes the main hook by ‚All In One WordPress Security‘. No need to have both plugins running.
  • ADDED: Improved Login Cooldown Feature- works more like email throttling as it now uses an extra filesystem-based level of protection.
  • FIXED: Login Cooldown Feature didn’t take effect in certain circumstances.


  • ADDED: All-new plugin options handling making them more efficient, easier to manage/update, using far fewer WordPress database options.
  • CHANGED: Huge improvements on database calls and efficiency in loading plugin options.
  • FIXED: Nonce implementation.


  • FIXED: Small compatibility issue with Quick Cache menu not showing.


  • ADDED: Email Throttle Feature – this will prevent you getting bombarded by 1000s of emails in case you’re hit by a bot.
  • ADDED: Another Firewall die() option. New option will print a message and uses the wp_die() function instead.
  • ADDED: Refactored and improved the logging system (upgrading will delete your current logs!).
  • ADDED: Option to separately log Login Protect features.
  • ADDED: Option to by-pass 2-factor authentication in the case sending the verification email fails
    (so you don’t get locked out if your hosting doesn’t support email!).
  • CHANGED: Login Protect checking now better logs out users immediately with a redirect.
  • CHANGED: We now escape the log data being printed – just in case there’s any HTML/JS etc in there we don’t want.
  • CHANGED: Optimized and cleaned a lot of the option caching code to improve reliability and performance (more to come).


  • FIX: Bug where the GASP Login protection was only working when you had 2-factor authentication enabled.


  • ADDED: Ability to import settings from WordPress Firewall 2 plugin options – note, doesn’t import page and variables whitelisting.
  • FIX: A reported bug – parameter values could also be arrays.


  • ADDED: New Feature – Option to add a checkbox that blocks automated SPAM Bots trying to log into your site.
  • ADDED: Added a clear user message when they verify their 2-factor authentication.
  • FIX: A few bugfixes and logic corrections.


  • CHANGED: Documentation on the dashboard, and the message after installing the firewall have been updated to be clearer and more informative.
  • FIX: A few bugfixes and logic corrections.


  • FIX: bugfix.


  • FIX: Some warnings and display bugs.


  • ADDED: New Feature – Login Wait Interval. To reduce the effectiveness of brute force login attacks, you can add an interval by
    which WordPress will wait before processing any more login attempts on a site.
  • CHANGED: Optimized some settings for performance.
  • CHANGED: Cleaned up the UI when the Firewall / Login Protect features are disabled (more to come).
  • CHANGED: Further code improvements (more to come).


  • ADDED: New Feature – Login Protect. Added 2-Factor Login Authentication for all users and their associated IP addresses.
  • CHANGED: The method for processing the IP address lists is improved.
  • CHANGED: Improved .htaccess rules (thanks MickeyRoush)
  • CHANGED: Mailing method now uses WP_MAIL
  • CHANGED: Lot’s of code improvements.


  • ADDED: Option to include Cookies in the firewall checking.


  • ADDED: Ability to whitelist particular pages and their parameters (see FAQ)
  • CHANGED: Quite a few improvements made to the reliability of the firewall processing.


  • FIX: Left test path in plugin.


  • ADDED: Option to completely ignore logged-in Administrators from the Firewall processing (they wont even trigger logging etc).
  • ADDED: Ability to (un)blacklist and (un)whitelist IP addresses directly from within the log.
  • ADDED: helpful link to IP WHOIS from within the log.


  • CHANGED: Logging now has its own dedicated database table.


  • Fix: Block notification emails weren’t showing the user-friendly IP Address format.


  • You can now specify IP ranges in whitelists and blacklists. To do this separate the start and end address with a hyphen (-) E.g. For everything between and, you would do:
  • You can now specify which email address to send the notification emails.
  • You can now add a comment to IP addresses in the whitelist/blacklist. To do this, write your IP address then type a SPACE and write whatever you want (don’t take a new line).
  • You can now set to delete ALL firewall settings when you deactivate the plugin.
  • Improved formatting of the firewall log.


  • First Release