Talking about WordPress security isn’t particularly sexy or interesting. It is an important topic though. Just for a moment, imagine how it feels when:
- customers tell you your website triggers their anti-virus or firewall
- your blog readers email you to say they can’t access your site because Firefox has blocked it with a big red warning screen
- or you search on Google and see a “This site may harm your computer” warning next to your results
It’s not a nice feeling. You swing from total panic and not knowing where to start, to anger at the people who have done this, then over to fear as the realisation your business income will be affected kicks in. I know, I was there once and it can happen to you too.
Over the last week or so, I have had conversations with 7 people, from bloggers to online business owners to offline businesses with WordPress websites who have been hacked. Some weren’t running the latest version of WordPress, others were. Some had fancy security plugins, others didn’t. They all had one thing in common…
They still used the default Admin username
Easily Increase Your WordPress Security
You can have all the security bells and whistles you like, but if you are still using the Admin login on WordPress you are essentially giving away half the keys to your blog or website. It’s not that difficult for the people who have their bots scouring the web for admin access to then crack your password. They aren’t sitting there for hours guessing the password, it’s all automated.
A really easy way to increase your WordPress security is to remove the admin username and replace it with something less common. The video below shows you how to do it.
Changing the Admin username step-by-step
- Log in, create a new user and asign administrator rights
- Back up your WordPress
- Log out then log back in with the new username
- Delete the old admin selecting the option to transfer all posts to the new user
- Update your new user profile with a new nickname, the correct email address and any other info you want in there.
Over to you…
Do you log in with the Admin username? Was the video useful for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.