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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