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Hi, I’m Tony, admin of the Take A Look blog! First of all thanks for stopping by for a visit. I don’t know how familiar you are with WordPress websites (which I refer to as blogsites), but if you are a new WordPress blog/site owner, or thinking about creating a site on the WordPress blogging platform, then I encourage you to read the following because despite the excellence of WordPress technology, it is also very popular and like everything else on the Web, can be susceptible to hacking problems if left unprotected.
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Recommended: A Safe WordPress Log-in And Password
First, let’s talk about WordPress website owners who have an open invitation policy to anyone capable of and willing to hack into their blog-sites. The WordPress blog-site owners I’m referring to refuse or neglect to change the usernames and passwords they use to gain entrance into their blog-sites and leave them intact as Admin and Test
Are you at risk for your website being taken over if you fail to address the username and password requirement? The answer is yes. Let’s face this fact: You can have all security measures, all the fancy security plugins in place, but if your password is something that they can easily guess then you are leaving the door wide open.
That’s why it’s important to have a safe WordPress log-in and password. What can you do? Make sure your username is not Admin or Administrator, change that WordPress password regularly and use different passwords than you use for other WordPress or FTP sites.
Here’s the reason. By default, when you set up WordPress it comes with the username Admin, which means that when you log-in you type in the username Admin and a simple password. But this is giving the hackers half of the information they already need. If they already know that you are using this Admin, all they have left to guess is the password, right?
However, if your username is something like your first name or your first name and your last name, now they don’t know where to start. Now they are guessing about two different factors. That’s why even though WordPress, by default, sets your username as Admin, the first thing you should do is create a new user account and name it your first and last name, save it and then delete that original Admin account, that will cut down on a lot of automated attempts.
Something else that is very, very easy to do is change your WordPress password regularly. For example, once per month. This means that you are always thinking of some new thing to type, and some new password that someone might never guess, because you are changing it every month.
You’d be surprised at how many passwords consist of someone’s name, child’s name, or pet’s name but if you are changing a password on a regular basis, adding in letters and numbers to it, now that’s a password that no one will guess, which means that no one will have access to your site other than you and the people you choose to give access to it.
Finally, set different passwords than other WordPress blogs you own. Set a different password other than your email address or your FTP account. The problem with setting the same password for different accounts is if someone gets access to your WordPress site, now they have access to your website, your other WordPress sites, your email, your FTP, and so on. But if you use different passwords for WordPress, for email and for FTP that means if someone happens to gain access to your WordPress they don’t have access to your other accounts.
For more information on creating passwords, take a look at this method of Strong Passwords Creation. Good luck!