After we’ve ensured that Secret Key is at its desired place, we can think about securing the password of the blog too. Strong password is really necessary these days as there are various ways through which hackers, tend to break the password and get unauthorized access to important and sensitive information. Brute-Force, Dictionary attack are some of the few methods of gaining the unauthorized access with the help of automated password attempts. If your password has the following elements, then I’m sure it’ll be considered as a strong password -
1. Try to avoid the user of dictionary and common words.
2. Keep the password minimum of 8 characters – Is it that hard to remember a password?
3. It has to be a mix of number, alphabets (upper case and lower case both) and if required try plugging in some special characters. I will not mind in generating a password using an automated password generator and then remember it.
4. Don’t write the password anywhere and try and not tell this to anyone else.
5. Your social security number, bank account number, your birth date, phone number, driving license number and for GOD’s Sake – no credit card number as your password!
Changing the password of the WordPress blog -
1. Click on the user name at the top right hand corner, where it says Howdy xxxxx (your actual username or display name, as show in the picture above.).
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the user profile page and specify the new password twice (for confirmation) and click on save changes. WordPress has this password security meter that tells you the strength of the password (as shown in the image below).
LifeHacker has covered this wonderful post where they’ve listed the Five best password managers around the web. The reason, we’ve covered password managers is that it makes your life way too simpler. However, automation also tends to bring in the laziness and thus people tend to forget their passwords! Don’t forget to keep backups of your passwords, in case you may experience any hard disk crash!