May 13, 2019 by Paul G. | Blog, Releases, Shield Pro

WP Shield Security Pro – Release 7.4

Shield Image

Shield Security Pro 7.4 brings a few wonderful improvements to our ability to control WordPress users.

Until now Shield has helped us regain more control of user sessions and how they operate. But until now we’ve had no way to control user account from a higher level.

In this article, we’ll outline the added features you now have to control users and also some bonus options when it comes to users and comments they post to your site.

#1 Manually Suspend WordPress Users

Until now, WordPress user accounts are either on, or non-existent. There’s been no option to suspend user account such that they’re still on your site, but login isn’t permitted.

Shield 7.4 brings the option for any admin to suspend a user and prevent any further login. It doesn’t delete the user, or affect their posts or change any other aspect of the account.

It simply prevent authentication by that user and thereby no login is possible.

Only the admin may un-suspend these accounts.

#2 Automatically Suspend Inactive Users

The real power of security plugins like Shield is automation. Manually suspending an account is useful when it needs to be done at a certain point of time, but this doesn’t scale.

So you need the ability to suspend users once certain conditions are met – for example expired passwords, or inactivity.

Click here to learn more about this feature.

#3 Comments SPAM and Building Better Trust With Visitors

WordPress has this option available to help manage WordPress comments:

This works on the following simple principle:

  1. A person has previously posted one comment and it was approved by an admin.
  2. The approval whitelists this visitor as being trusted to post comments in the future.
  3. All future comments from this visitor/user will be automatically approved.

Sounds fair, right?

This presents a problem because there’s nothing to say that because a person posts 1 comment that wasn’t considered spam, their future comments will be acceptable.

In-fact, 1 strategy that spammers can take is to post a harmless comment, have it approved, and then come back later and post more spammy comments knowing that they’ll be accepted automatically.

This issue can now be mitigated by Shield Security by increasing the minimum number of valid comments from one to ‘as many as you like‘. Even increasing this to two will go a long way to reducing spam and helping you identify spammers that employ the tactics above.

#4 Protecting Against Comments SPAM By Registered Users

Until now Shield has automatically bypassed scanning of comments by visitors who are logged-into a site. The idea is that since a registered user has been vetted, then they’re not likely to be spammers.

Experience has taught us and our clients that this isn’t in-fact the case.

Now, with Shield Security Pro, you can set Shield to automatically trust certain user roles, and not others. In this way, “subscribers” on your site will also have their comments vetted in exactly the same way as non-registered visitors.

Both this option, and the one above for minimum comments can be access from the Comments SPAM module and will look like this:

Sneak Peak to Shield Pro 7.5 – Malware Scanning

For each release, we try to bring a bit of a sneak-peak to the upcoming features for future Shield releases.

We’ve been working away at a few different features for Shield Pro and the next one to be released, hopefully for early June July 2019, is a brand-new Malware scanner.

To begin, it will focus on the following:

  • scanning of all PHP and Javascript files and folders under your WordPress ‘ABSPATH‘ – this is the directory that contains your wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes folders.
  • automatic repair of WordPress core files
  • automatic repair of plugins
  • scanning of page/post content will not be available for the first release but coming soon after.

Comments, Questions and Suggestions

If you have any questions about these new features or anything else to do with Shield 7.4, please do post them below.

Some of these options are available on the free version of Shield, and some are only available with Shield Pro. To get access to our customer support team, these new features and all our Shield Pro features, you can upgrade here at any time.

ShieldPRO Testimonials
@kosis's Gravatar @kosis

Deep and reliable security, excellent support

2-year user, had a learning curve to set up this plugin, but plenty of explanations at the plugin site to initiate a user into its features (and there are many). If you are new to security plugins, you can take it slowly and learn from these articles — a useful…

@janemanthorpe's Gravatar @janemanthorpe

Brilliant Security plugin

Simple Fire Wall lives up to its name, its simple and it works! I have been using this plugin for a year now and love it as it has many features that are all useful and work. To setup, because of the many features its looks complex but its pretty…

@konehead's Gravatar @konehead

WP Simple Firewall is essential for WP Security

I have been using this plugin for over a year now and it has performed flawlessly. It certainly makes my life easier with applying WordPess security. I really like the Audit Trail Viewer and how it allows you to view login attempts and more! As a freelance developer on a…

@billionaireworldnews's Gravatar @billionaireworldnews

Best Security Plugin In The Lot

I have been using this plugin since I started my blog over 6 months ago. I must say it is in the top 1% of the best security plugins I have ever used. There are many more options available than anything else out there. The options are just where you…

Hey there good-lookin'! Do you like what you've read here? :)

If this cool feature is something you'd like, but you haven't gone PRO yet, click here to get started today. (no risk, with a 14-day satisfaction guarantee!)

You'll get all PRO features, including Malware Scanning, WP Config Protection, Plugin FileGuard, import/export, customer support, and so much more. Not only that, you'll get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting our work and future development.

Take Me To Pro Paradise →

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Click to access the login or register cheese