Keeping your WordPress-powered blog secure may seem like a daunting task, but there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that you are not the easiest target on the Internet.
Hackers are usually pretty smart and driven people, so if they really want to get into your website they probably will. This post continues our discussion about blog security and introduces a few WordPress-specific strategies that you can employ.
WordPress is a great blog platform and light content management system, however it does broadcast some information that can help the “people who are up to no good” find your blog. This post will help you stop WordPress from broadcasting this potentially harmful information to these people. Future posts will also recommend some WordPress security plugins that will help you keep your blog secure.
First lets take a look at some areas that your blog may be displaying unwanted information, and how to remove it.
If it does, you are letting search engines, and anyone else who wants to, know that you are currently running WordPress. This can make it easy for the “people who are up to no good”, and who target WordPress sites, to find your blog by popular search engines.
To fix this we need to remove the link from the footer, and you can do this from the back end of WordPress.
To get started log in to your blog and then on the left hand menu click the “Appearance” button. After you have done that select the editor link that appears below the appearance button.
To make the necessary changes, select the | Footer (footer.php) | from the menu on the right hand side, and make sure the update file button is still there.
Let’s remove the link from the footer the highlighted area in red between the <p> and </p> can all be deleted, and the part in darker red is the link to WordPress.
Next week we will show you how to remove the WordPress Generator Meta Tag. This Meta Tag actually displays what version you are running in you page source, and your page source is accessible to anyone with a web browser.