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Updated security plugins for FLoC

Both GD Security Toolbox Pro and GD Security Headers plugins have been updated with changes related to the Permissions Policy header to add the new rule dealing with the upcoming Google targeting feature called FLoC.

GD Security Headers – Dashboard View

The FLoC stands for ‘Federated Learning of Cohorts,’ and it is a new technology developed by Google to track users as a replacement for third-party cookies. Third-party cookies are a very intrusive method for tracking, and in recent years, most browsers are blocking them by default, or you can use extensions for browsers to deal with that. With third-party cookies tech dying, Google decided to develop a new tracking method. Now, I am not going to go into the whole deal with FLoC, and you can search on the internet to learn more about it, both good and bad, and why it would be beneficial for your website visitors to disable Cohorts for your website.

To disable FLoC, you need to use Permissions Policy. Both plugins have been updated to include the ‘Interest Cohort’ policy rule with recommendations on disabling that feature for your website.

To see the list of all the changes, please check out the changelogs for: GD Security Headers, GD Security Toolbox Pro. If you find any issues, please, report them in the support forums for: GD Security Headers, GD Security Toolbox Pro.

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GD Security Headers plugin for WordPress
An easy way to add HTTP security headers to WordPress

Configure various security related HTTP headers, including Content Security Policy, Referrer Policy and more. All headers can be added to .HTACCESS file.

GD Security Toolbox Pro plugin for WordPress
Proactive protection and security hardening

A collection of many security related tools for .htaccess hardening with security events log, ReCaptcha, firewall, and tweaks collection, login and registration control and more.

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Milan Petrovic
Milan Petrovic

CEO and Lead developer of Dev4Press Web Development company, working with WordPress since 2008, first as a freelancer, later founding own development company. Author of more than 250 plugins and more than 20 themes.

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