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Thank you Christine. And I understand if the issue won't totally be fixed until after TotalCMS catches up with the BLOX releases from hosted a couple months later.

The template developers made a change to remove the delay so the paywall message now pops up immediately.

Robert, support just told me how to fix this bypass by switching the site from "Hard paywall" to "Hard paywall with encryption."

Checkout Christine's reply in this topic:

It looks like it might solve this issue, but she hasn't confirmed it.

I've never seen private mode get around the paywall, it is what I use to test how things look to non subscribers.

But as Robert mentioned, the method is dead simple for anyone to use, and that tip is now making the rounds in public here as well.

In my opinion any method that allows access past the paywall needs to be fixed.

Wow, that is pretty dang simple for anyone to use.

Ouch. Somewhat on topic, we had to put a "Real Name" policy in place back in 2015 when comments started getting out of hand, it really helped:

This is a good idea. We typically don't let people know a comment was denied though and we rarely get questioned about it because I think for the most part they know why already.