WordPress Security Essentials: Password and Username Safety

There are simple ways you can help avoid a hacking attempt on your site, such as keeping your version of WordPress up-to-date and using themes and plugins from reputable sources.

But what can you do to fight off brute force?

In the third video in our WordPress Security Essentials series, we look at practical ways to combat username and password cracking.

Brute force attacks are an everyday reality of the internet. But how do you defend against such attacks?

Well, there’s no real secret to strengthening your site against attacks, as our video will tell you.

Usernames and Passwords

Do you use the default “admin” username? How strong is your password? Do you use the same passwords across many sites?

According to password management company SplashData, the top three passwords of the year are “123456,” “password” and “12345678.”

Ignoring the importance of having unique a username and password, as detailed in our video, leaves your site susceptible to brute force attacks.

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What steps do you take to beef up the security on your site? Tell us in the comments below.