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I'm curious as to how other WebmasterWorld members are dealing with this issue, if at all.
Some of the most obvious steps:
1) Remove "powered by" and similar text.
2) Remove on-page "copyright" text or convert to image.
3) Change default installation directory and file names to foil both searches and brute-force attacks.
4) Remove/change other giveaways (ancient SEOs remember the infamous "blueline.gif" that undid many thousands of pages), i.e., anything that a hacker or other problem user could plug into a search engine to easily find sites using particular software.
What less obvious things have you done? And how do you deal with the software provider's need to display copyright or other legal notices (if they don't offer a paid option for this)?
they are all powered by config scripts that store all paths, directories, files. The scripts don't care what you name any of the files or directories and don't care where you put them or any of the other scripts they use.
there are no set tags/text in any of the distributed code
they allow you to configure output so there are no common attributes to the html either, unless you make them that way ;)
more web software programmers should spend time with SEOs
If it said copyright phpbb it would be very useful for finding copies of phpbb
Remove on-page "copyright" text or convert to image