Sarah Gooding of WPTavern posted an article talking about why you should clean out your WordPress. She compares a cluttered WordPress directory to leaving clothes all over your floor. The two reasons for keeping it clean is security and ease of use.
Plugins are often on the forefront of WordPress housekeeping lists. This is probably due to the fact that on a normal WordPress site you’re usually running just one theme and then multiple, sometimes dozens, of plugins. Unused plugins in the mix make it inconvenient to scroll through the list and troubleshoot conflicts. They can also pose a security risk if they’re not updated.
Over 30,000 web sites (including blogs) are hacked daily; web crawlers and bots are the culprits. They target websites and blogs through email addresses to do harm regardless of the content or what the site represents.
It is a good idea to keep as much personal information private as you can. There are two options I am going to talk about in this article for encrypting or disguising your email address on your WordPress blog.
The first option for hiding your email address is to set up a Contact Page with a contact form.
The Contact Form allows you to set various options such as the topics they are contacting you about, and even to direct content specific issues to different email addresses if you have more than one contributor or site manager. The email address is not public, and it makes it easy for the user to contact you.
A site can have multiple contact forms for a variety of purposes, from strictly contacting the site owner or author to registration for an event, all protecting your email and allowing easy access for the visitor. Continue reading Don’t Be Hacked: Protect Your Email Address