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Google Analytics ID defaults to Wordpress username and cannot be overridden
July 16, 2019
10:32 am
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Christopher Monkaitis
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We have multiple sites with All in One SEO Pack Pro installed where the Google Analytics ID field in General Settings defaults to the Wordpress username. On many of these sites, the input field cannot be overridden. On those that can be overridden, the value returns to the Wordpress username upon updating.

The sites affected are running All in One SEO Pack Pro 3.1 and 3.1.1.

Not only is this reporting inaccurate data to Analytics, it is exposing Wordpress usernames in page source code.

July 16, 2019
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July 16, 2019
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Steve:

We have been troubleshooting this issue a little more closely. The problem seems to stem from Chrome’s auto-form-filling. The problem does not occur in other browsers.

The risk of accidentally saving this value as the Analytics account ID—and subsequently outputting it in the page code—is avoidable if you know to look for it. The problem, however, is that we have a team of marketers who use this plugin and who may go in, adjust some other All In One setting, update the settings, then inadvertently save the username as the value for the Analytics account ID. If a user accidentally does so, the username will output in the source code.

We did not encounter this pitfall on previous versions of the plugin. Perhaps there is something you can build into the settings form that will prevent Chrome from auto-filling the input value and/or perhaps you can build something into the code that stores this input value in the database that validates it beforehand.

Let me know if you still feel like you need admin access or FTP access.

Thanks!

July 16, 2019
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July 17, 2019
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Christopher Monkaitis
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Hello Steve:

We’re using standard versions of Chrome. We’ve isolated the issue specifically to Chrome’s behavior of auto-filling saved Wordpress login usernames to this field.

Since the issue is fully on the side of Chrome, I’m going to go ahead and close this support request.

Thank you for your help looking into this.

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