I have been getting a few comments and emails from a variety of my users who are looking for the Remind Password feature which was included with my SB Welcome Email Editor plugin for WordPress so thought I should explain about it. Since I added the feature it was always contentious because the only way to send someone their EXISTING password is to store it in a format in which it can be used again… in other words plain text.
Last month my plugin was removed from the WordPress repository because it was deemed a ‘security risk’. Either it was reported to the right person or they have continuous moderation procedures in place. Either way I actually appreciate the move to take it down because it gives me a great deal of confidence that any plugins I download from the repository are being scrutinised in the same way.
In light of this I am sorry to say that the reminder feature will not be returning to my plugin in any form. The lost password page is sufficient I think. I might write a tool for the admin to notify the user of their password having just changed it to something else. Watch this space!
I have explained this to a few people via email and they have asked for a copy of the old version where it is present. You can find the final version pre removal using this link:
Alternately download it here: SB Welcome Email Editor (With Password Reminders) (67 downloads)
You will not be able to upgrade this again though and of course, per the WordPress reasons for removing it your site will store passwords in plaintext in the database. I personally have no issue with this being a programmer and knowing the consequences can go into this with my eyes open but please consider yourself warned. I would thoroughly recommend regularly backing up your site. I use a free and effective plugin called BackWPup which I recommend thoroughly. Also you can set up backups via your host. I use Hostgator for my needs (Use the coupon tortoise25 for a discount).
Another plugin post from me soon once my work life calms down a bit. Watch this space!