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Web security & protection
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 for too long a period of time, whereas changing these login essentials is probably the easiest thing to do…
…In fact, the first thing WordPress site owners should do is change the username from “Admin” to something else (even SiteOwner is better); and change the password from Test to a combination of numbers and letters like, S3t4Wn2R, which spells SiteOwner when decoded with the BHPlus code found in ID Cover Password Creation Handbook; and actually makes it more difficult for anyone else to gain access to their site.
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 to intrusion.
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.
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Change your password often!
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 username, 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. Good luck!
General Observation: In civilized society we adhere to certain codes, some of which you may be familiar with: Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Code of Honor, Dress codes, Tax codes, Penal Code, etc. And that’s only a smidgen of the offline codes we are all subjected to in one way or another.
But there are also a number of codes that are specific to the online world that affect those of us who are frequent users of the Internet and the digital marketplace; and if you are reading this you may also be familiar with some of these online codes: Country codes, QR codes, Internet Access Codes, Promo codes, Coupon codes, HTML codes, CSS codes, PHP codes and various others that cannot be listed here at this time.
However, there is one basic code which is the most fundamental of all codes pertaining to the use of this incredible resource we know as the Internet. It’s the codes upon which strong passwords are being created. How frustratingly difficult and vulnerable you think our Internet lives would be without codes on which to base strong passwords that are easy to create and remember, but tough to crack into? I think very difficult indeed without these particular codes!
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The frequency of recent hacking and breaking into private and public databases to steal people’s identities and financial information is much higher than many of us – including cyber security professionals – would care to accept, but the reality is too many Internet users are still surprisingly vulnerable to these cyber crimes; so it is definitely time to take personal security and protection into our own hands and take steps to DO something to eliminate the threat of potential theft of your identity and/or financial information.
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