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Keep Hackers From Your WordPress Admin

Posted on July 20, 2009 by Blog Design Journal

Hackers often use brute force attacks to try to gain access to your WordPress administrator. They are trying thousands of combinations of your username and password until they get the right one. WordPress doesn’t allow you to choose the default admin username so they already know half of what they need. You can, however, easily add the extra security you need.

#1: Change the admin username

The first thing to do is change the default admin username. First login to your control panel (often cPanel) and go to your database editor (normally phpMyAdmin), select your WordPress database, browse the wp_users table and edit user id 1, this is the original admin user. Pick a username other than “admin”. This step will already almost eliminate any chance of your login being guessed since most hackers will just use admin for the username.

#2: You need a better password

You will also want to make sure that you have an admin password that can’t be guessed. You’ll want to have at least 8 characters with a mix of lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers and special characters. PCTools provides a great online password generator on their site.

#3: Installation of Login LockDown

Login LockDown allows you to set a threshold for failed login attempts before a user is blocked. From their WordPress plugin directory description:

Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.

The installation process for Login LockDown is like any plugin. From the WordPress plugin site download the .zip file. From the WordPress admin go to Plugins > New > Upload. After you upload the file you’ll want to activate the plugin. At this point you can setup your login rules.

Taking these easy steps will give you a great jumpstart on protecting your Joomla site.. You will also need a secure WordPress hosting company.

Sidney writes about MySpace layouts as well as other social network profile improvements.

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