Another Wordpress plugin bites the dust (thanks, Wordfence)

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What could possibly go wrong?
Nov 7, 2020
It seems @Steve has another weekly report of Wordpress issues. This time, the finely-named HTTP headers to improve web site security has been pulled.

Temporarily but obviously serious enough to need the tug from the plugins library. I feel ashamed that I was using it to easily set HTTP headers :D

Wordfence (free) reported it to me and I thought I would share it here....I've been using Wordfence for a long time and it is a great addition if you (are lazy enough to) run Wordpress.

Critical Problems:
* The Plugin "HTTP headers to improve web site security" has been removed from
When I initially started using WordPress, I experimented with a variety of plugins. With time and experience, I realized that the majority of them were superfluous - at least for my purposes. However, there were a few plugins that I utilized again in several projects. or Advanced Custom Fields were my go-to tools. These are basic custom field additions to pages and posts - for example, you can include the publishing date, price, or any other information that site users will see in addition to the regular headlines and text. That it is important to utilize a plugin in order to understand how useful it is!
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I've been using WordPress and WordFence for many years for a blog. I don't have any automation or ordering or interactive features. After @Steve 's various discussions, I want to revamp it and make it all completely static but haven't gotten around to it. I definitely like WordFence. They're great at doing the security research. It's a bummer that WordPress is attacked so much. I have minimal plugins but I do have a couple that disable all automation, including the REST API and something else I cannot remember at the moment. I don't want ANY automation or API's running that the bad guys can latch onto until I can totally staticify the site. Premium WordFence has some cool features including country blocking IP filters and advanced attack prevention. You also get instant upgrades for new malware definitions and real time IP blocking for IP's that are detected by their entire customer network as launching attacks. Unfortunately for private blogs with no source of revenue, the premium service costs $ 100 / year, a non trivial amount.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
I was running Wordpress for a while, but I made sure to use as little extras plugins as I could, and have auto update turned on.

I have since migrated off Wordpress, to plain old HTML and CSS hosted on GitHub pages for free.