Don’t Fall Prey to Hackers With This Super Secure Tip

Don’t Fall Prey to Hackers With This Super Secure Tip

As the WordPress platform becomes more and more popular, it also becomes a more popular target for hackers, like the surge in attacks that took place just a month ago.

Of course there are a number of very basic things you can do to help protect yourself:

  • Always update to the latest version of WordPress
  • Keep your theme(s) updated
  • Keep your plugins updated
  • Don’t use “Admin” as your administrator login
  • Use strong passwords

All of those suggestions are well within your control, of course. But there’s one situation that can throw a wrench into that control. If you have others registering on your site, then they can chose to change their password to one of their own.

Use a Plugin to Force Strong Passwords

In order to address this situation, you can use a plugin such as the Enforce Strong Password plugin.

There aren’t a lot of controls – just the ability to choose the required password strength between 1 and 4. The default is set to 4, and so if that’s good with you, you don’t have to touch anything.

If a user attempts to update their password with one that isn’t strong enough for the plugin, it shows the following message:

If you would like require stronger passwords for only those with a user level of Author and above, then the Force Strong Passwords plugin will do the trick.

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