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PPMWP 2.3: Checking inactive users, policies and performance updates

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Today we announce the 2.3.0 update of Password Policy Manager. This is an exciting version that features the brand new inactive control of WordPress users. We also included a number of other password policy improvements and performance updates in it.

Let’s dive now to see what’s new and improved in this latest update of our password policy management plugin for WordPress.

Check inactive WordPress users

Users of inactive and forgotten websites are often targeted by malicious hackers. They are an easy target that can be used to break into a website. Attackers find them ideal because nobody is monitoring them and very often they have easy passwords.

That’s why we are introducing inactive user control in the Password Policy Management plug-in. Once the plug-in is installed, it will check your WordPress website for inactive users. Inactive users are blocked and can only be unlocked by the administrator of the WordPress site.

As an added security precaution, once unlocked, users are also required to reset their passwords before logging back into the WordPress website. More information on this feature and how to configure it in Inactive Users check WordPress.

Verify password security when creating a new user

Password policies now also apply when a WordPress site administrator is creating a new WordPress user.

When creating a new user, the plug-in displays a general hint on password security. However, once the role is selected and the user is tried to create, the plug-in verifies the validity of the password. In practice, it checks that the password matches the criteria that apply to that role.

If the password does not match the criteria, you will be notified. The plug-in will also show the criteria that the password must meet in order for the user to be created on the website.

Ask users to change their password the next time they log in

Another commonly requested feature was the ability to require individual users to change their password the next time they log on to the website.

We also added this feature in this update. All you have to do is simply enable the setting highlighted below on their user profile page. The next time the user tries to log in, they will be prompted to reset their password.

Major performance and scalability improvements

With this new update, the plug-in’s responsiveness is the same regardless of whether it’s running on a site with 10 or 50,000 users! We have incorporated a new module that processes this type of background activity.

Therefore, when you want to reset the password for 50,000 users, for example, you don’t have to wait for the plug-in to complete the operation. In addition, there will be no timeout problems. It only takes a second to send the instructions to the new form. While the form is processing the request, you can continue with your work.

Other plugin improvements

In this update, we also added the following:

  • A new setting to prevent WordPress from automatically generating passwords,
  • Inactive user sessions are automatically ended,
  • We have standardized all the prefixes of the plugin settings. This is a major code improvement that simplifies troubleshooting and future development,
  • Some minor UI improvements have been applied.

For a complete list of what’s new and improved in this exciting Password Policy Manager plug-in update for WordPress, see the plug-in change log.

Next level password security for your WordPress site

All the new features mentioned above, password policies and much more are available in the latest update of the Password Policy Manager plugin. If you are not a user of this, you must have a plug-in to download a demo and get started today.

Check Password Policy Manager 2.3.0 and let us know what you think of all the new features. Your feedback helps us identify what we will release next.

Get started today with a 7-day free trial!

Post PPMWP 2.3: Checking inactive users, policies and performance updates first appeared on WP White Security.

*** This is a WP White Security Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog created by Robert Abela. Read the original post on: https://www.wpwhitesecurity.com/ppmwp-2-3/

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