The security improvements are based on feedback from the user community and are not related to direct reports of security threats. The security concerns only impact users of the self-managed WordPress plugins. The vast majority of the work was done on administrative access and sanitizing of input values. SaaS users are not impacted by these issues.
Enterprise clients using cluster map markers may have experience map outages , this is resolved.
Enterprise clients using the location loading indicator set to ‘circle’ had issues with the map not displaying, this is resolved.
Updating Your Location Software
The Software as a Service version of the application was updated overnight. Users of the SaaS platform do not need to take any action to receive the latest features and patches.
The above issues also impacted all WordPress plugin users and require updating to the latest release. The folks at WordPress.com have yet to approve our latest updates and re-list the main plugin. You’ll need to manually uninstall and re-install the main Store Locator Plus® plugin, which can be purchased from our WordPress plugin store.
Store Locator Plus® recently updated the SaaS servers and underlying locator software. Many of the changes are server-level updates such as increased maximum throughput to the disk storage of the server clusters and longer backup retention periods. Both improve the performance and resilience of the SaaS offering. Users of our SaaS offering have a better experience without having to worry about the minutia of server management.
Store Locator Plus® recently hired a new developer to help work on both front end and back end code. It is part of a renewed focus on providing routine monthly updates to the Store Locator Plus® platform. Changes will roll out slowly at first, with a focus on the WordPress plugins as our new development team learns the ins-and-outs of the platform. Our end goal is to vastly improve the platform with several key objectives in sight — to improve overall security, to improve the performance, and most importantly to improve the user experience.
Store Locator Plus® 5.7 was recently released to the WordPress community with several key security updates. These updates will help ensure proper data security and integrity on sites that run the standalone WordPress plugin offering. The security updates are automatically being included in the SaaS platform and require no action on the part of our SaaS platform users.
Once we get the foundation solid, we will start working on the User Experience and feature requests. If there is something you’d like to see in our SaaS offering, please let us know in the forums or by reaching out to us via the email form.