Smart User Slug Hider

Description

The Smart User Slug Hider Plugin hides usernames in Author Pages URLs to enhance Security

Usage

The plugin automatically replaces user names with 16 digits coded strings. There are no settings. Just install and forget. Deactivating the Plugin restores the default WordPress behavior.

Version 4.0.0 Update Notice

Previous versions of this plugin used a function that was removed in PHP 7.2. Version 2 of this plugin introduced a so called Future Proof Mode, that used a different encryption method to work with PHP 7.2 and newer.

In version 4.0.0 only this new method is available. The old method was completely removed.

Unfortunately it is not possible to get the same result. This means that the coded User Slug changes if you haven’t activated Future Proof Mode yet.

Why use this plugin?

WordPress uses the pattern example.com/author/name for author page URLs where name represents the users login name.

This means that the login names from all your users are publicly visible which is a serious security flaw.

The Smart User Slug Hider Plugin changes all author page URLs from e.g. example.com/author/john to something like example.com/author/e9e716def73f76ac.

The codes are generated automatically and its impossible to make conclusions about the user names. The WordPress default URLs will cause a 404 (not found) error.

Also works for BuddyPress member pages.

As of version 4.0.0 also the author class from body tag is removed (see this topic)

Shortcodes

The plugin adds three shortcodes you can use in your posts:

  • [smart_user_slug] – the user slug of the post author – e.g. e9e716def73f76ac
  • [smart_user_url] – the url of the post author’s profile page – e.g. example.com/author/e9e716def73f76ac
  • [smart_user_link] – adds a link to the post author’s profile page

Theme Functions

The plugin adds two functions that can be used in theme files:

  • get_smart_user_slug( $author_id ) to get the user slug for the author – the parameter $author_id is optional, if omitted the author`s ID of the current post is used
  • the_smart_user_slug( $author_id ) to display the user slug for the author – the parameter $author_id is optional, if omitted the author`s ID of the current post is used

Support

Support Forum.

Video

How to easily close a HUGE WordPress Security Gap using the free Plugin Smart User Slug Hider

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Reviews

May 26, 2020
This ingenious plugin, solves a very important security aspect. Thank you - Love it.
April 16, 2020
Thank you ! What I was looking for.
April 2, 2020
Does the job - no fuss - no frills!
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Contributors & Developers

“Smart User Slug Hider” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Change log

4.0.0 (2019-12-29)

  • remove user class from body tag (See here)
  • always use Future Proof Mode, old method removed
  • rewritten based on my Plugin Foundation PPF03

3 (2018-12-31)

  • Future Safe Mode renamed to Future Proof Mode
  • automatically activate Future Proof Mode if mcrypt is not availabe
  • code improvement
  • UI improvements
  • changed capability to manage_options to display admin page

2 (2018-03-14)

  • Future Safe Mode

1.5 (2017-11-16)

  • faulty display in WP 4.9 fixed

1.4 (2017-07-15)

  • fix for BuddyExtender plugin

1.3 (2017-07-17)

  • BuddyPress compatibility
  • redesigned admin interface
  • code improvement

1.2 (2016-10-04)

  • Shortcodes added
  • Theme Functions added

1.1 (2016-06-30)

  • Code optimization
  • Plugin info page added

1.0 (2014-10-02)

  • Initial Release