WordPress Simple Firewall
|Author:||One Dollar Plugin (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||3.5.0|
|WordPress version tested:||4.9.8|
|Added to WordPress repository:||09-07-2013|
|Total downloads:||4 748 679|
|Active installs:||80 000+|
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Please see the dedicated help centre for details on features and some FAQs.
How does the Shield compare with other WordPress Security Plugins?
Easy – we’re just better! 😉
Firstly, 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.
- Open up an FTP connection to your site, browse to the plugin folder /wp-content/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/
- Create a new file in here called: “forceOff”.
- Load any page on your WordPress site.
- 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:
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: https://icwp.io/2t
How does the GASP Login Guard work?
This is best described on the blog
How does the 2-factor authentication work?
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
Shield Pro brings exclusive features to the serious webmaster to maximise site security.
You’ll also have access to our email technical support team.
You will always be able to use Shield Security and its free features in-full.
6.9.4 – Current Release
Released: 13th September, 2018
- (v.4) FIXED: Bug where 2FA by email user roles get reset in some cases.
- (v.3) ADDED: Support for AppleBot in the Traffic Watcher.
- (v.3) FIXED: Plugin/Theme Guard bug not capturing updates correctly.
- (v.3) FIXED: Google Authenticator could not be removed from profile.
6.9.0 – Series
Released: 6th September, 2018 – Release Notes
- (v.2) FIXED: Prevent crashing on sites with PHP < v5.4
- (v.1) ADDED: Support for Yandex search engine in the Traffic Watcher.
- (v.1) IMPROVED: WooCommerce checkout handling with reCAPTCHA.
- (v.0) NEW: [PRO] Traffic Watcher – live tracking of all requests to your site.
- (v.0) NEW: [PRO] Yubikey – Allows for multiple Yubikeys on the same user profile.
- (v.0) ADDED: [PRO] Option to include listing of affected files within Hack Guard notification emails.
- (v.0) ADDED: Option to delete the Security Admin Access Key
- (v.0) ADDED: Option to add WooCommerce roles to 2FA-Email setting.
- (v.0) CHANGED: Basic Stats system now requires minimum PHP v5.4.
- (v.0) CHANGED: Password Policies now requires minimum WordPress v4.4.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Password expiration now redirects to the ‘set password’ screen, instead of the user profile.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Password capture for purposes of password policies is improved.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: You can now delete the ‘forceoff’ file from inside the WP Admin.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Audit Trail entries for emails will identify the file that’s calling the
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Audit Trail entries for post editing will identify the post type wherever possible.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Audit Trail entries will try to display all message text correctly.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Login/Register/Password forms are only checked when visitor is not logged-in.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Major database code refactoring and other code improvements.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: User sessions handling.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Security Admin UX – ajax session checking, with admin notifications and auto-page reload.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Security Admin password setting now requires a confirmation password entry.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Refined Cooldown timing system.
- (v.0) IMPROVED: Cron entry cleanup after deactivation.
- (v.0) UPDATED: Bootstrap libraries to latest release v4.1.3.
- (v.0) FIXED: Potential bug with Plugin/Themes guard scanning.
- (v.0) FIXED: PHP Warning(s).