Improved Monitoring of WordPress Site-Wide Settings with WP Security Audit Log

We are happy to announce the release of version 2.6.2 of WP Security Audit Log, WordPress’ most comprehensive and easy to use audit trail plugin. This update includes new monitoring capabilities of a WordPress’ site-wide website settings and post specific settings. We also managed to fit in several improvements and bug fixes.

Let’s take a look at what is new, improved and fixed in 2.6.2:

Monitoring of WordPress Website Site-Wide Settings

This update’s main focus was to improve the monitoring of the site-wide comments settings of a WordPress website, including the settings of sites on a WordPress multisite installation. Below is a list of Alert IDs that the plugin will use to keep a record of such changes in the WordPress audit trail:

  • Alert 6008: User enabled / disabled the option Discourage search engines from indexing this site.
  • Alert 6009: User enabled / disabled comments on the website.
  • Alert 6010: User enabled / disabled the option Comment author must fill out name and email.
  • Alert 6011: User enabled / disabled the option Users must be logged in and registered to comment.
  • Alert 6012: User enabled / disabled the option to automatically close comments after a number of days.
  • Alert 6013: User changed the value of the option automatically close comments after a number of days.
  • Alert 6014: User enabled / disabled the option for comments to be manually approved.
  • Alert 6015: User enabled / disabled the option for an author to have previously approved comments for the comments to appear.
  • Alert 6016: User changed the number of links a comment must have to be held in the queue.
  • Alert 6017: User modified the list of keywords for comments moderation.
  • Alert 6018: User modified the list of keywords for comments blacklisting.

Monitoring of Post Specific Comments, Pingbank and Trackback Settings

In this update we also including monitoring capabilities of the Pingback and Trackback settings in posts. Below is a list of alerts the plugin will use to keep a record of such changes in the WordPress audit trial:

  • Alert 2111: User disabled Comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a published post.
  • Alert 2112: User enabled comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a published post.
  • Alert 2113: User disabled Comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a draft post.
  • Alert 2114: User enabled comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a draft post.
  • Alert 2115: User disabled Comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a published page.
  • Alert 2116: User enabled comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a published page.
  • Alert 2117: User disabled Comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a draft page.
  • Alert 2118: User enabled comments / Trackbacks and Pingbacks on a draft page.

Monitoring Capabilities of Other Changes on Your WordPress Website

We also managed to include the monitoring of the following changes:

  • Alert 1006: User logged out all other sessions with the same username
  • Alert 4014: User opened the profile page of another user

Refer to the complete list of security alerts the WP Security Audit Log plugin uses to keep a record of changes in the WordPress audit trail.

WP Security Audit Log Plugin Improvements

In this update we also applied a few plugin improvements, which are listed below:

  1. We organised the list of alerts using categories and sub categories, hence now it is easier for you to find a specific alert.

The list of the WordPress audit trail alerts split into categories

  1. URLs are now reported in full in the WordPress audit trail (previously they were truncated).
  2. When the logging of requests to non-existing pages (404s) is disabled, the alert will not contain a link to a log file that does not exist.
  3. Added additional checks when using the function wp_sessions_register_garbage_collection to ensure there are no clashes with other plugins.

Reports, Search and Users Sessions Management Add-On Updates

Since in this update of WP Security Audit Log we changed the way alerts are organised we also released an update for the below list of add-ons. Therefore upon updating the plugin update the add-ons below, else they might not function properly:

Updating the WP Security Audit Log Plugin & Add-Ons

You will be prompted to update the plugin and add-ons in the Plugins page. Should you encounter any issues do not hesitate to get in touch and please do spare a minute to rate our plugin. Give us five stars, because everyone likes stars!

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