Hack: Better Comment Notification Text and Removing Email Address Data

Like a lot of people, I freaked out a bit over GDPR right around the time it started. Even though I am in the United States and don’t have any business location in Europe, there were lawyers blogging and scaring people into thinking that the EU was gonna start sending stormtroopers into the USA to detain bloggers who so much as kept a simple server log.

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Hack: Remove the WordPress Version Number From Your Site

When you view the source of your WordPress pages, you may notice that the version of WordPress you are using appears in the header. Some believe this can be a security risk, as exploits that work on specific versions of WordPress could determine you site’s version and use that to figure out how to attack it. I haven’t seen any real threat, though. But you may want to remove it anyway.

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Hack: Create a Simple 404 Log

When someone links to your site with the wrong URL, or, worse, you link to your own site with the wrong URL, it would be nice to know. You could check your server’s logs for 404 errors to see what bad URLs people are using. But I find it easier to create a simple 404 log file that I can access without much hassle. Then I check it every once in a while to see if I need to add a redirect to the correct page so I don’t miss some traffic.

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