Shield Security plugin will automatically update after 2 days once the update has been detected.  As some admins don't like this, we've added an option to let you control the automatic updates for the Shield plugin itself.


Auto Update Plugin option can be found under the Automatic Updates module inside Shield.

How to use Auto Update Plugin option

This option will need to be set to what you desire, and the Automatic Updates module will need to be enabled first (if it's not already). 


You may use Auto Update Plugin option to control automatic updates for the Shield plugin. You can:

  • Let Shield decide when to automatically update
  • Completely disable automatic update for Shield
  • Automatically update Shield as soon as possible


Note: If you use 'Update Delay' feature along with 'Auto Update Plugin' option, then, for example, 'As soon as possible' means "immediately following the delay".


So, if you have 'Update Delay' set to 2 days (48 hours), and 'As soon as possible' selected, Shield will auto update after 2 days (48 hours).

Or, 'Let the plugin decide' means the following...


Shield automatically updates after 2 days (48 hours) once the update has been detected. So, 'Let the plugin decide' means 'auto update within 48 hours' but the time is not specified. It could happen any time between 1 to 48 hours. 


But if there's a delay, it'll include the delay.


For example, if you have 'Update Delay' set to 2 days (48 hours), Shield will not update at all until this delay expires (48 hours). Once this expires, Shield will update in the next 48 hours.


Hint: If WordPress automatic updates are not working, we suggest you to read this article here.