Plugin Directory

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

Take the guesswork out of WordPress security. iThemes Security offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress in an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.


  • Bug Fix: Fixed links to Settings, Logs, and creating a backup on Multisite.
  • Enhancement: The "Write to Files" setting is now enabled by default.


  • Bug Fix: Fixed error that would prevent nginx servers from being able to make use of the "Reduce Comment Spam" feature of the WordPress Tweaks module.
  • Bug Fix: Restored missing log filter for 404 Detection log entries.


  • Enhancement: New user interface with both grid and list views for managing settings.
  • Enhancement: New automatic temp whitelisting of IPs for users that manage iThemes Security settings.
  • Enhancement: Better feedback on errors when modifying wp-config.php or server config files.
  • Enhancement: Improved code efficiency of the Away Mode feature so that it takes less processing time when active.
  • Enhancement: Rather than disabling features that have invalid user input, the user now can fix the issue before saving.
  • Enhancement: Improved the efficiency of the plugin's loading code, reducing the amount of time taken to run the plugin.
  • New Feature: Global settings now has a "Show Error Codes" setting that can provide an error message's specific error code when it is enabled.
  • Bug Fix: More than one IP can now be temp whitelisted.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where some modules would be enabled or disabled when they shouldn't be after upgrading to the latest version.
  • Bug Fix: Will not send notification emails about the new login address when Hide Backend is enabled and doing an upgrade.
  • Compatibility Fix: Updated handling of wp_remote_get() responses in preparation for changes coming in WordPress 4.6.


  • Bug Fix: Throw a real 403 instead of a faked 404 for hide backend - Fixes compatability with certain plugins including WordPress SEO. Hat tip to Joost de Valk (@jdevalk) and the @Yoast team for bringing this issue to our attention.


  • Security Fix: Better caps checks for dismissal of changed file dialog - Thanks to Julio Potier for notifying us of this issue.
  • Bug Fix: Make file change warning dialog text properly translatable
  • Enhancement: Adding 'itsec_log_event' action for logged events


  • Security Fix: No longer using document.location to build 'Show Intro' link in admin - Thanks to David Lodge (Pen Test Partners) for notifying us of this issue.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed some notices when certain multisite options are used on BuddyPress
  • Enhancement: New itsec_white_ips filter to allow plugins that work with external services to whitelist service IPs


  • Bug Fix: Fixed issue that could cause a fatal error after changing the content directory.
  • Bug Fix: Updated the link to sign up for security guide download to point to a https address. This is better security and prevents warnings when submitting from a http site in some browsers.
  • Bug Fix: If a cryptographically secure log file name can't be generated, queue up log file writes until we can.


  • Bug Fix: Fixed temporary whitelisting by preventing a temporarily whitelisted IP from being locked out.


  • Bug Fix: Updated code that generates the backups and logs directories to ensure that it attempts to create the parent directory if it does not exist yet.
  • Bug Fix: Removed warnings that could be generated if the logs directory could not be created.
  • Bug Fix: Database backup files sent via email no longer have a name without an extension if zipping up the file fails.


  • Security Fix: Hardened the created backups and logs directories. Thanks to Nicolas Chatelain (SYSDREAM IT Security Services) for notifying us of this issue.
  • Security Fix: More secure backup and log file names. Thanks to Nicolas Chatelain (SYSDREAM IT Security Services) for notifying us of this issue.
  • Bug Fix: The "NGINX Conf File" setting is now properly respected, causing the generated NGINX configuration file to be stored in that location.
  • Enhancement: Generated database backup file names now contain a human-readable timestamp in the format of YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS.
  • Enhancement: Zipped database backup files no longer contain a deeply nested directory structure. Instead, they only contain the sql file.
  • Enhancement: When the "Force Unique Nickname" feature is enabled, the generated display name now uses an improved randomization function.
  • Enhancement: Improved tabbing of rules in generated nginx.conf files.
  • Enhancement: Removed the "See what's new button" as it has fulfilled its purpose.


  • New Feature: Added support for IPv6 addresses. This includes support for IPv6 in lockouts, ban hosts, and white lists.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed issue that could cause username-based lockouts to fail for long usernames.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed issue that prevented wildcard IP ranges from being blacklisted or whitelisted.
  • Bug Fix: Removed warnings generated when the Away Mode module is disabled and iThemes Sync contacts the site.
  • Enhancement: Updated descriptions of valid IP and IP range formats for the Lockout White List and the Ban Hosts settings.
  • Enhancement: Updated host entries in log details to link to traceip.net rather than ip-adress.com. This is because ip-adress.com does not support IPv6 addresses.
  • Enhancement: Updated some translatable strings relating to blacklisting and whitelisting to allow for better translations.
  • Enhancement: Added details about how wildcard IP ranges are converted to CIDR format (this improves performance).


  • Bug Fix: Comparisons of IPv4 addresses and ranges now include the IP's at the edge of the ranges.
  • Bug Fix: IPv4 tests now work as expected when deciding if a blacklisted IP or range overlaps a whitelisted IP's and ranges.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed styling issue that affected the display of the horizontal tabs on settings pages in WordPress 4.5.
  • Bug Fix: Replaced old module sorting order in settings screens.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed PHP 7 compatibility issue that triggers the following error: "Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function mysql_get_client_info()".
  • Bug Fix: Fixed warnings and errors that could occur when deleting the plugin.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed warning that could occur on a failed login when Local Brute Force Detection is disabled.
  • Bug Fix: All data added to the options table by iThemes Security is removed on uninstall.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed the cause of the following warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, class 'ITSEC_SSL_Setup' does not have a method 'execute_deactivate'
  • Enhancement: When a lockout is being executed, wp_logout() will only be called if the current page request comes from a logged in user. This prevents plugins that log logout events from logging log outs from unknown users.
  • Enhancement: Improved the descriptions used for some of the data displayed in the "System Information" section of Security > Dashboard.
  • Enhancement: Added "Use MySQLi" entry to the "System Information" section of Security > Dashboard to show whether the MySQLi driver is enabled.
  • Enhancement: Updated the "SQL Mode" entry in the "System Information" section of Security > Dashboard to show the full details if that value is set.
  • Enhancement: Improved code that ensures that tables and options table entries created by iThemes Security are removed on uninstall only when no other iThemes Security plugin is active.


  • Security Fix: Fixed PHP code that could allow AJAX requests to list directories and files outside the directory structure of the WordPress installation. Note that these AJAX requests required a logged in user with admin-level privileges. This vulnerability was unable to be exploited by non-privileged or anonymous requests.
  • Bug Fix: Updated the SSL feature to use 301 redirects rather than 302 redirects.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed situations where security nonces would incorrectly trigger "security check" errors when enabling specific combinations of features on the settings page.
  • Bug Fix: Enabling scheduled database backups and setting a backup interval of 0 days no longer results in a backup being created on every page load.
  • Bug Fix: Module-specific data is properly initialized/removed on plugin activation, deactivation, and uninstallation.
  • Feature Removal: Removed the "Security Status" portion of the Security > Dashboard page. This is in preparation for a new tool that provides suggestions tailored to the site and server that Security is running on.
  • Enhancement: Updated the way the feature modules function in order to allow them to be redesigned in a more efficient and flexible way for future releases.
  • Enhancement: Updated the File Change Detection feature to attempt a max memory limit of 256M rather than 128M as some users experience out of memory issues which could be fixed with the higher memory limit.
  • Enhancement: Updated the Database Backup feature to attempt a max memory limit of 256M rather than 128M as some users experience out of memory issues which could be fixed with the higher memory limit.
  • Enhancement: Added localization support for some non-localized strings.
  • Enhancement: Improved detection of multiple active versions of iThemes Security.


  • Enhancement: Removed Yandex and Sogou from the HackRepair blacklist as they are legitimate search engine bots.
  • Enhancement: Added detailed information about Sucuri malware scan errors to Malware Scan log details.
  • Bug Fix: No longer enables display of database errors when an event is logged.


  • New Feature: Added "Multiple Authentication Attempts per XML-RPC Request" setting to the WordPress Tweaks section. When this setting is set to "Block", iThemes Security will block brute force login attacks against XML-RPC as described by Sucuri in this blog post: https://blog.sucuri.net/2015/10/brute-force-amplification-attacks-against-wordpress-xmlrpc.html
  • Enhancement: Updated text describing the XML-RPC setting in the WordPress Tweaks section to better explain what the setting is for and which setting is recommended.
  • Enhancement: Improved IP detection when proxy detection is active by processing the header set by CloudFlare.
  • Enhancement: Added a filter named itsec_filter_remote_addr_headers which can be used to change which headers are searched for the client IP. This allows for tailoring the IP detection for specific reverse proxies and load balancers.
  • Bug Fix: Updated the Banned Users settings to no longer add a newline to the Ban Hosts input each time the settings page is saved.
  • Compatibility Fix: Updated code triggered by the ITSEC_TEST_MALWARE_SCAN_DISABLE_SSLVERIFY define. This avoids plugin compatibility issues that prevent disabling the SSL peer verification.


  • Compatibility Fix: Added support for ITSEC_TEST_MALWARE_SCAN_DISABLE_SSLVERIFY. Setting it to true can bypass "SSL peer certificate or SSH remote key was not OK" errors on servers with bad SSL configurations.


  • Compatibility Fix: Changed translation domain from it-l10n-better-wp-security to better-wp-security. This change was necessary in order to be included in the translate.wordpress.org project.
  • New Feature: Added malware scanning provided by Sucuri SiteCheck.


  • Feature Removal: Removed the "Remove WordPress Generator Meta Tag" and "Display Random Version" features as they are not recommended due to limited security benefit and creating compatibility issues.
  • Enhancement: Added the ability to undo the Content Directory change.
  • Bug Fix: No longer tries to load a non-existent JavaScript file for the salts module.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue with one-time database backups on multi-site installs.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed issues related to locating .htaccess or nginx.conf files on sites with WordPress installed in a separate directory.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed issues with PHP blocking in uploads directory not working with certain non-standard setups.
  • Bug Fix: Minor change to fix a warning that can appear after changing the Content Directory.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a PHP fatal error that could occur on some servers when adding a ban to the site's .htaccess or nginx.conf file.


  • Feature Removal: Removed the malware scanning features as VirusTotal no longer supports scanning from WordPress sites. A replacement is in the works.
  • Bug Fix: The close button on the "Thank you for activating iThemes Security" message now appears in the correct location.
  • Bug Fix: Removed the site's URL being displayed in the "Replace jQuery With a Safe Version" setting details.
  • Bug Fix: Updated .htaccess rules to be compatible with Apache 2.4 without the auth compat module.
  • Bug Fix: Enabling and disabling the "Remove File Writing Permissions" setting now updates the file permissions properly.
  • Bug Fix: Web servers that cannot be recognized now default to Apache.
  • Enhancement: Updated the hackrepair lists.


  • Enhancement: Updated to use new file modification API.
  • Enhancement: Added HackRepair.com blacklist for Nginx.
  • Enhancement: Improved Nginx support for System Tweak features.
  • Enhancement: Updates to wp-config.php, .htaccess, and nginx.conf files now support more systems.
  • Enhancement: Combined the "Force SSL for Dashboard" and "Force SSL for Login" settings to a unified "Force SSL for Dashboard" setting. This is due to how the FORCE_SSL_LOGIN define was deprecated in WP 4.0.0.
  • Enhancement: Added comments to wp-config.php, .htaccess, and nginx.conf updates that indicate which settings affect the specific entries.
  • Enhancement: Added translation support for previously static strings, including strings used for comments in wp-config.php, .htaccess, and nginx.conf files.
  • Enhancement: Improved generation of valid referers for use by the Reduce Comment Spam feature.
  • Enhancement: Broadened the server support in the import settings code.
  • Enhancement: Added new library classes for managing files, directories, and config files.
  • Enhancement: Improved error messages for when file writes fail.
  • Enhancement: Improved error messages for when export file creation fails.
  • Enhancement: Improved error messages for situations when the .htaccess, nginx.conf, or wp-config.php files may need to be manually updated.
  • Bug Fix: Added support for Apache 2.4 without the access_compat module.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed condition where forcing SSL on front-end pages could cause infinite redirection loops with specific setups of nginx to Apache reverse proxy servers.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed scenarios where the site would be forced to load via https but scripts, stylesheets, and images would load via http.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed invalid nginx.conf rule generation for the Reduce Comment Spam feature.
  • Bug Fix: Corrected invalid parsing of some IP formats in Ban Hosts list.
  • Bug Fix: Improved error handling when reading or updating config files.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed various warnings that would display when changing settings.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a situation where creation of a zipped export file would fail, but an email would still be sent as if the zip was created successfully.


  • Security fix for XSS vulnerability. Thanks to Ole Aass (@oleaass) for finding and disclosing this vulnerability to the iThemes Security team.


  • Enhancement: Translation files can now be stored in WP_LANG_DIR/plugins/better-wp-security/ so that translation files will not be overwritten on when the plugin updates.
  • Bug Fix: The file permissions check will no longer list a warning if the plugins directory has permissions of 755.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed incorrect text describing the "Backups to Retain" database backup setting.


  • Bug Fix: Fixed regression that prevented adding wildcard IP's in the form of 'XXX.XXX.XXX.*' to Ban Hosts.
  • Bug Fix: When a file scan is run from iThemes Sync, a warning will no longer be added to the site's error log.


  • Enhancement: Minor refactoring for performance and scalability.
  • Enhancement: Add ITSEC_BACKUP_CRON constant to replace plugin's backup scheduler with wp_cron.
  • Enhancement: Add dashboard reminder to salts to prompt for periodic salt changes.
  • Enhancement: Limit the number of lockouts that can be displayed at any given time in the dashboard.
  • Fix: Make sure header error messages are suppressed when performing a lockout.
  • Fix: Fix error message from missing login information when displaying lockouts.


  • Fix: Quick banning IPs will now work correctly if existing htaccess rules are in place
  • Fix: minor bug fixes and typo corrections.


  • New Feature: Change WordPress Salts
  • Enhancement: Refactored ITSEC_Lib and ITSEC_Files for better usability and new functions to make changing salts possible


  • Fix: Fixed typo on file change warning emails.
  • Fix: Fixed duplicate module listsing on log page dropdown
  • Fix: Fixed missing lockouts on iThemes Sync dashboard


  • New Feature: Add file/folder permissions check to Dashboard
  • Fix/Enhancement: Code refactoring of numerous modules
  • Fix: Hiding available updates in multi-site will no longer block wp-cli from detecting updates.
  • Fix: Removed leftover JavaScript debugging statements.


  • New Pro Feature: Google reCAPTCHA
  • Fixed: Removed unneeded fields in malware


  • New Pro Feature: wp-cli integration
  • New Feature: Temporarily whitelist your IP address via iThemes Sync
  • New Feature: Override proxy IP detection
  • New feature: Hide admin bar (if desired)
  • New Feature: Perform file scan via iThemes Sync
  • New Feature: Perform malware scan via iThemes Sync
  • Enhancement: Added filter to allow for custom log pages
  • Enhancement: Added debug constant to help troubleshoot multiple emails
  • Enhancement: Added constant to force digest emails via wp-cron instead of custom timing
  • Fixed: Various missing variable fixes were added
  • Fixed: MySQL errors on MySQL 5.6 during activation were fixed.
  • Fixed: HTML emails now contain HTML tag
  • Fixed: Lockout count in emails should now be more accurate
  • Fixed: Make sure to esc urls on SSL redirects (unreported minor security fix)
  • Fixed: Added filters to SSL to try to catch more assets
  • Fixed: Suspicious query strings feature should no longer conflict with many plugins
  • Fixed: File change detection should no longer throw an error if opendir failed


  • Fixed: App passwords in two-factor authentication will now correctly authenticate themselves.


  • New Pro Feature: Temporary privilege escalation


  • Enhancement: More time/date information is now shown in the logs for file change scanning
  • Fixed: Filechange will no longer show false positives with every change in DST (although this will cause run round of such notifications on update).
  • Fixed: Link to malware scanning logs will work.


  • New Pro Feature: File change scanning will now compare WordPress core files to the WordPress.org repository.
  • Fixed: Make sure php_gid is always defined to prevent error message if the function is not usable.
  • Fixed: Link to BackupBuddy in admin bar will now work correctly.


  • New Pro Feature: Dashboard widget. Get important information and handle user blocking right from the WordPress Dashboard.
  • Fixed: When using wp-cron for file checking cron check will run daily instead of hourly.


  • Fixed: Error on line 1312 when iThemes API is actived with version 4.4.15


  • Enhancement: File change summary emails are more concise and will avoid extra information
  • Fixed: Hide backend will now work with Jetpack's JSON API authorization.
  • Fixed: Option to change user ID 1 will correctly disappear when not present
  • Fixed: Removed empty user agent from default blacklist to avoid issues with external services
  • Fixed: File change folder check will no longer scan directories outside of ABSPATH for any reason
  • Fixed: Adding define( 'ITSEC_FILE_CHANGE_CRON', true ); to wp-config.php will cause the file change scanner to only run once daily via wp-cron.
  • Fixed: Compatibility issue where strong password enforcement could cause an error if passwords are changed outside of the core of WordPress
  • Fixed: Lost password url should now be correct on multisite.
  • Fixed: fixed duplicate ID issue from user_id_exists calls.
  • Fixed: Fixed an error in the lockout module that results in an error for users of multisite
  • Fixed: Notification emails will no longer send if not turned on
  • Fixed: Duplicate messages will not be allowed in digest emails
  • Fixed: Duplicate digest emails will have a far lesser chance of sending
  • Fixed: User lockout count in email notifications will now be correct


  • Enhancement: Default log rotation changed from 30 days to 14 days
  • Fixed: All logs page will properly display even with 50,000+ entries in the log


  • Enhancement: Updated copy on Virustotal API key to indicate that a private key is not needed.
  • Fixed: More complete check for user id when resettings password will prevent undefined index login on line 62 error.
  • Fixed: Fixed a bug that prevented the api key from saving after resetting the key.
  • Fixed: Removed errors that could occur due to the use of custom capabilities and roles.


  • New Pro Feature: Automatically generate strong passwords
  • New Pro Feature: Password expiration
  • Enhancement: Added a link to the actual timezone settings in the general settings page (instead of the top of the page)
  • Fixed: When an invalid log directory is detected it will not fail but will instead reset it to the original.
  • Fixed: No more duplicate digest emails
  • Fixed: No more "Array" message appearing in digest emails from user lockouts
  • Fixed: HTML in traditional file log emails will display correctly.
  • Fixed: From address in notification emails will now display correctly.
  • Fixed: MySQL errors will no longer appear for missing iThemes Security tables. Instead it will attempt to recreate them.
  • Fixed: Fixed missing "no changes" text in file change emails.
  • Fixed: Formatting of individual file change emails will now work.
  • Fixed: Fixed a bug in ban users user agents that would cause a crash on Apache if the user agent contained a space
  • Fixed: When an invalid backup directory is detected it will not fail but will instead reset it to the original.


  • Fixed: fixed possible undefined api_error variable on line 316 if WordPress believes the email address is invalid.
  • Fixed: failed calls to various apis will no longer throw a php error on failure.


  • Fixed: Fixed typos in digest email.
  • Fixed: Fixed typos in default network lockout message.
  • Fixed: Force stylesheet reload for new nags and other items by pushing plugin build number to stylesheet registrations


  • Fixed: Fixed an error that could occur on multisite due to a missing "core" object


  • New Feature: Add IPCheck Brute Force API integration
  • New Feature: Add ability to receive a daily digest email instead of individual emails per event.
  • Enhancement: Added "Go Pro" menu item to admin menus.
  • Enhancement: Added button to release IP address from temporary whitelist.
  • Enhancement: Reordered sidebar items to make it easier for the user to get to the information they need from iThemes
  • Fixed: introduction screen should now display completely on computers with low-resolution screens.
  • Fixed: multisite bug that still showed BackupBuddy (if present) even though BackupBuddy is not multisite compatible.
  • Fixed: Scrolling table of contents should not cover side-bar items on pro.
  • Fixed: When changing admin user login form will no show the correct path when WordPress is not installed in the same directory as the website address.
  • Fixed: The plugins_loaded hook which fires on logout will now fire later to improve compatibility with iThemes Exchange
  • Fixed: multisite bug that still showed BackupBuddy (if present) even though BackupBuddy is not multisite compatible.
  • Fixed: Added an extra flag in an attempt to reduce duplicate file-change detection executions.
  • Fixed: Added missing index.php files to directories that were missing them to ensure no information could be attained if directory is turned on.
  • Fixed: Make sure hide backend rewrite rules are consistent with the correct location of the WordPress login page when WordPress is not installed in the main website folder.
  • Fixed: File locking will try to create the iThemes Directory if it isn't already present rather than just saying a lock could not be attained.
  • Fixed: Fixed an error whereas an empty filter could display an error when building the log tables.


  • Low Severity Security Fix - Lack of access control patched - Sucuri (reported 19Aug2014)
  • Fixed an error in XMLRPC blocking when $username variable cannot be found


  • Remove error message if WP_Error is returned with wp_remote_post in malware scan
  • Fixed bug where away-mode was still enabled after one-time period has passed which could result in away mode activating when it should not
  • Ensure that individual module updates fire when updating the plugin
  • Added function to retrieve current URL from the front-end
  • Fixed error in brute force protection that counts valid logins with XML-RPC as bad logins towards a brute force lockout


  • Updated descriptions an instructions in malware scheduling to make the feature easier to use
  • Numerous typo corrections throughout dashboard
  • Clean up notifications for file change detection and malware scanning


  • Fixed an accidental disabling of file change scans introduced in 4.3


  • Added on-demand malware scanning for the homepage
  • Added better URL validation to ITSEC_LIB
  • Added exception for to prevent a local server from being locked out of a site during wp-cron or other calls
  • Added button to quickly add current IP address to permanent whitelist
  • Added appropriate message for logs page when logs are not available due to "file only" logging being selected
  • Fixed Error in 404 scanning if path field was empty
  • Updated hackrepair.com's default blacklist
  • Modified support reminder to ask users to upgrade rather than donate
  • Use get_home_path() in place of ABSPATH to account for WordPress core in a different directory than wp-content
  • Use PHP comments in index.php file to account for the possibility of a scan including the file in which case the html comment could result in an error
  • Fixed various typos throughout the plugin dashboard
  • Added ability to prevent file change scanning from running on a given page load by defining ITSEC_FILE_CHECK_CRON to true
  • Cleaned up file change logging reports to me more clear when no files have been changed
  • Added feature to immediately ban user "admin" when no user "admin" exists on the site and a host tries to log in with it anyway
  • Added blank line to end of all textarea input to make it easier to input data
  • Added brute force checks to XMLRPC calls to prevent brute force attacks against XMLRPC


  • Fixed a bug preventing file-change scanning from running when manually executed from the "Logs" page
  • Fixed a bug where an error could be generated if the saved files from the file change feature weren't properly saved
  • Fixed comment approval email links to make sure they work when a user is not logged in and hide backend is in effect
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing an IP from being permanently banned due to too many lockouts
  • Updated .htaccess rules for an IP that has been banned from too many lockouts to be more effective in more hosting environments
  • Fixed responsive issues in iThemes notifications that prevented notifications from being easily read on small screens.


  • Fixed error for missing function in hide backend


  • Fixed an error that could cause a 404 on the admin with hide-backend enabled.


  • Fixed error on line 55 of class-itsec-four-oh-four.php that could occur under certain circumstances


  • Don't filter hide backend hash until after schema redirect
  • don't send file change email on first scan
  • Fixed verbage when changing login URL
  • Modified ban users rewrites for apache. Should work with proxy and if setenvif isn't enabled.
  • Fixed get_module_path to prevent 404 errors on plugin assets
  • Fixed misplaced parenthesis forcing computer to always display it isn't whitelisted
  • Updated readme.txt


  • Added call to settings import/export module (pro)
  • Added button to restore default log location
  • Don't automatically load front-end classes in dashboard pages
  • Avoid errors on save if htaccess is completely empty
  • Only register activation/deactivation/install hooks in admin
  • Make sure temporary white-list is always available
  • Improved check for white-listed IP during lockout
  • Added ability to use constant to override server detection
  • Don't remove extra line spaces in .htaccess
  • Minor reformating and typo fixes
  • Make sure front-end classes are available only when needed
  • Fixed default types in file change settings
  • Added file type exclusion to 404 settings
  • Allow for Jetpack SSO to function with suspicious queries turned on
  • Use WordPress' PclZip for backup zip


  • Make sure backup disables itself when other backup solutions are present
  • Fix tweet link
  • Minor fixes and cleanup
  • Added call to two-factor module


  • Consolidate white lists into one option
  • Fix IP mask calculations
  • Fix NGINX IP range blocking
  • Update modules to use new logging
  • Minor refactoring
  • Add metabox for iThemes Sync
  • Update jQuery version in tweaks
  • Shortened file change array names to save space
  • Fixed links in lockout emails
  • Fixed IP mask calculations
  • Add call to pro user-logging module
  • Add ability to temporarily whitelist an IP address


  • Don't allow empty file types in file change exclusions
  • Add Sync integration for Away Mode
  • Minor typo and other fixes
  • Better cache clearing and formatting updates
  • Make sure rewrite rules are updated on this update
  • Remove extra (settings) items from admin bar menu (leave logs and important information)
  • Add WP_CONTENT_DIR to system information on dashboard
  • Move support nag to free version only and make sure it properly redirects
  • Fix check for presence of BackupBuddy to work with BackupBuddy >=
  • Clean up details views on log pages
  • Add username column to temp and lockouts tables
  • Lockout usernames whether they exist or not
  • Don't duplicate lockouts
  • Fixed malformed lockout error on lockout message
  • Don't display a host lockout when none exists
  • Add Sync integration to release lockouts
  • Improved reliability of brute force user lockouts


  • Miscelaneous typos and other fixes
  • Remove extra file lock on saving .htaccess, nginx.conf and wp-config.php. Only flock will be used in these operations
  • Fixed a function not found error in the brute force module
  • Improved content filtering in SSL so that more images and other content will link with appropriate protocol.
  • Fixed hide backend in cases where a lockout has expired
  • Miscelaneous typos and other fixes.


  • Make sure "remove write permissions" works
  • Better descriptions on white list
  • Add pro table of contents if needed
  • Make sure security admin bar item works
  • Make sure lockout message only happens when needed
  • Suppress errors on readlink calls
  • Make sure class is present for permanent ban
  • Make sure white list is an array
  • Fix white listed IPs not working
  • Log when Away-mode is triggered
  • Make sure away mode file isn't accidently deleted
  • Make sure away mode doesn't even allow access to the login form (as it didn't in 3.x)
  • Enhance warnings on "Change content directory" settings
  • Better descriptions on white lists
  • Fixed XMLRPC label
  • Better XMLRPC Dashboard status
  • Don't allow logout action on wp-login.php with hide backend
  • Better check for variable in SSL admin


  • XMLRPC soft block should now work with WordPress mobile app
  • Make sure uploads directory is only working in blog 1 in multisite
  • Better checks for run method in module loader


  • Make sure backup directory is present before trying to use it
  • Make sure backup file method is respected on all backup operations
  • Added ability to limit number of backups saved to disk
  • Minor typo and other fixes
  • Only load front-end classes as needed
  • Add link to free support at .org forums
  • Remove select(?ed) from suspicious query strings for 3.9 compatibility
  • Fixed domain mapping issue (requires http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/ domain mapping plugin)
  • Remove array type errors on 404 pages
  • Remove remaining create function calls
  • Make sure logs directory is present before trying to use it
  • Log a message when witelisted host triggers a lockout
  • Don't create log files if they're not going to be used
  • Add pro tab if pro modules need it
  • Upgrade module loader to only load what is needed


  • Fix sorting by count in 404 Logs
  • Minor code cleanup
  • Make sure all wp_enqueue_script dependencies are in proper format
  • Reduce priority of hide backend init for better compatibility with other plugins
  • SSL now logs users out when activating to prevent cookie conflicts
  • When activating SSL Log out the user to prevent cookie conflicts
  • Use LOCK_EX as a second file locking method on wp-config.php and .htaccess
  • Minor code cleanup
  • Make sure all wp_enqueue_script dependencies are in proper format


  • Added ability to "soft" block XMLRPC to prevent pingback vulnerability while still allowing other access
  • Updated "Suspicious queary strings" to not block plugin updates
  • Update NGINX comment spam rewrite rules to better work with multi-site domain mapping
  • Move 404 hook in hide backend from wp to wp_loaded
  • Make sure super-admin role is maintained on multi-site when changing user id 1 and admin username at the same time
  • Make sure all redirects for hide backend and ssl are 302, not 301
  • Better resetting of SSL and disallow file editor on deactivation to account for more states
  • Make sure hide backend works with registration
  • Minor copy and other fixes
  • Update nginx rewrite rule on comment spam when domain mapping is active
  • Added the ability to disable file locking (old behavior)
  • Better file lock release (try more than 1 method) before failing
  • Don't automatically show file lock error on first attempt
  • Added Spanish translation by Andrew Kurtis


  • Clean up away mode to prevent lockouts on update or other points


  • Make sure unset admin user field remains if the other setting has been fixed
  • Removed admin user from settings table of contents
  • Make sure array input is trimmed in file change module
  • Correct input type on file change settings sanitization
  • Use full URL on file change warning redirect to prevent invalid target
  • Reduce erroneous hide backend change warnings
  • When accessing htaccess or wpconfig make sure opening settings changes are 664 instead of 644 to reduce issues
  • Update hackrepair.com's Agents blacklist
  • Make sure global settings save button matches others
  • Fixed link in locout email
  • Email address settings retain end of line
  • Sanitize email addresses on save and not just use
  • Make sure whitelist is actually an array before trying to process
  • Make sure rewrite rules show on dashboard when file writing isnt allowed
  • Added extra information to dashboard server information to help troubleshooting


  • Fixed bug preventing file change scanning from advancing when chunked
  • Don't autoload file list on non-multisite installations
  • Make sure away mode settings transfer from 3.x or disable away mode
  • Better descriptions on save buttons
  • Admin use "Fix it" Correctly goes to advanced page


  • Execute permanent ban on the correct lockout count, not the next one
  • Updated quick ban rules to match standard ban rules (will work with proxy)
  • Fixed an NGINX rule that didn't actually block XMLRPC.php
  • Updated rule order on ban users
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent away from from turning off in certain time configurations (this resulted in the return to homepage on login)
  • Updated some function doc


  • Added "Show intro" button next to screen options to bring the intro modal back
  • Added ability to use HTML in error messages
  • Minor copy and other tweaks
  • Private posts will now work with hide backend
  • Added an option for custom login action that can bypass hide login
  • Allow admin-ajax.php to bypass hide backend
  • Added filters for external backup plugins to register with the dashboard
  • Enable theme compatibility mode by default
  • Miscellaneous copy and function doc fixes


  • only save post meta for ssl when the value is true
  • fixed missing admin user settings if only one part had been changed
  • SSL Redirection working properly on front end. No more redirect errors
  • hide backend will warn of the new url when saving
  • hide backend will now email the notification email(s) when the login area has been moved
  • Added BackupBuddy coupon
  • Added ability to manually purge log table


  • Removed error message that could happen on user creation with strong passwords enabled
  • Moved strong password js later in execution cycle to prevent errors
  • More hide backend tweaks to cover remaining white screen issues
  • Removed option to enqueue a new version of jQuery unless it is needed


  • Removed extra quotes that could appear in user agents
  • Removed error message on login page when jQuery replace in use
  • Don't use WordPress rewrites for hide backend, we now create our own rewrite rule
  • All modules now use newer upgrade method
  • Fix modal dismiss button on settings page
  • Ban users rules now should work with proxies
  • Saving settings will always generate and write rewrite rules if file writing is allowed
  • Hide backend now works with multisite and subdirectory installs
  • Make sure tables exist if manually updating from 3.x
  • Move admin user settings to advanced page
  • Make sure logout happens after processing admin user changes
  • All modules now rewritten to call rules on build
  • Rename backup and logs folders when wp-content is renamed
  • Delay file scan by at least 2 minutes when saving settings
  • Added "theme compatibility" mode to remove errors in hide backend caused by themes conflicting with the feature.
  • Fixed history.txt (for iThemes customers)
  • Moved upgrade to separate function for more seamless update
  • Upgrade system rewritten for better functionality
  • Make sure 404 doesn't fail if there is not a 404.php in the theme
  • Make sure WordPress root URLs render correctly
  • Filewrite now only builds rules on demand.
  • Fixed dismiss button on intro modal for small screens
  • General cleanup and typo fixing
  • New .pot file with updated iThemes .pot file generator


  • Fixed away mode not allowing PM times.
  • Fixed general copy typos.
  • Non super admins will no longer see the "Security" menu item in the admin bar on multisite.
  • Update to iThemes' icon-fonts library to account for ABSPATH set to '' or '/'.
  • Fixed relative paths on Windows servers.
  • Removed the pingback URL from the header if XML-RPC disabled.
  • Added file locking to admin user operations to [hopefully] avoid duplicated users.
  • 404 white list should transfer to global white list
  • White list implementation working across all lockouts
  • Add extra dismiss box to close welcome modal (fix for smaller screens)


  • Fixed bug in conversion of wildcard ip (ie 131.2.1.*) to proper netmask. Should prevent 500 errors on sites.


  • Fix for issue whereas a blank deny ip line could be entered into wp-config.php during update if banned users was used.


Better WP Security is now iThemes Security.

This release is a complete rewrite from the ground up. Special thanks to Cory Miller of iThemes.com and Chris Wiegman for realizing the vision for this plugin and how far we can go with it together.

  • New Security Features

    • jQuery Scanner looks for vulnerable versions of jQuery in your theme and gives you the option to replace it with the current version of jQuery from WordPress core.
    • Remove author archives for users without any posts. This helps prevent bots from finding users on your site.
    • Force a unique nicename. This forces the user to choose a Nickname that is different from the login name which will be used for the author slug and other appropriate areas.
    • Disable PHP execution in uploads.
  • Improvements

    • New UI with streamlined options and other settings
    • Hide features not in use
    • Smart feature selection for easier use
    • Central logs location
    • Ability to better customize notification and backup emails by sending to one or more addresses
    • Ability to save files anywhere on the host
    • Uses file-system locking for all critical operations
    • Global settings require setting options only once
    • Full BackupBuddy integration
    • Voluntary tracking of when options are turned on or off via Google Analytics
    • Hide backend no longer uses keys
    • Whitelist IPs for all lockouts
    • File change detection can run in batches for better resource usage
    • Backups can ignore unneeded table data such as logs
    • File change detection can ignore specified file types completely
    • All saved files now go to uploads
    • Ban users now has its own whitelist
    • Away mode and nearly all other features tweaked for speed and reliability
    • Module feature includes to accommodate future features as well as possibility of 3rd party features
    • No more insufficient permissions errors on settings tabs


  • Added notice about upgrade


  • Reintroduced InfiniteWP compatibility


  • Updated readme
  • Removed FooPlugins support box as iThemes begins integration of all support
  • Removed InfiniteWP Compatibility


  • Turned off iThemes Survey
  • Updated iThemes email subscription box


  • Fixed error message in above support widget when WordPress debug active.
  • Fixed error when creating user in iThemes Exchange


  • Fixed iThemes image path for case-sensitive
  • Add iThemes ITSEC survey to help plan further updates
  • Added Customizable email to support form


  • Added WP Security Lock as a partner for sites that have already been compromised.
  • Changed social information to iThemes
  • Better domain support (Mark Boudreau)
  • Add username to notification email (Andreas Geibert)
  • Changed author to iThemes
  • Added links to backup buddy and iThemes subscription
  • Fixed inconsistent count in logs
  • updated German translation by Rene Wolf


  • Updated Bulgarian translation by Martin Halachev
  • Removed all instances of the deprecated $wpdb->escape
  • Fixed possible XSS issue (Github Issue #64 with patch from i0wn)
  • Wrapped all wp_mail calls in function_exists checks as it no longer seems to be reliably available after plugins_loaded in WordPress 3.6
  • Minor refactoring
  • Added (.*) to Zues in hackrepair.com list to mitigate possible issues
  • Typo correction on SSL options courtesy of Roy Randolph.
  • Changed minimum version to 3.6


  • Fixed error that prevented manual backups from executing
  • Updated Turkish translation by Hakan Er
  • Updated shield logo by Martin Halachev
  • Minor fixes for strict warnings occuring when on PHP 5.4
  • Fix for lstat error for files in the ithemes-security/backups/ directory
  • Fixed an error that prevented manual filecheck


  • Bulgarian translation by Nikolay Kolev of Gymnastics and Bodyweight Tutorials
  • Chinese (Traditional) translation by Toine Cheung
  • Fixed an XSS vulnerability in the logevent function. Fix by Richard Warren
  • Updated Turkish by Hakan Er
  • 404 Logs now only accessible via the link on the logs page (thank you Marc-Alexandre Montpas)
  • Added .htaccess to protect saved backups (thank you Ma

Requires: 4.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.5.2
Last Updated: 5 hours ago
Active Installs: 700,000+


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