Guarding your WordPress dashboard against attack is vital. If a hacker manages to log in to your dashboard, they could steal confidential customer data, upload malicious code, deface your website, or even delete it entirely. The stakes are high, so it’s worrying to think that an admin password may be the only thing keeping your website safe.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect your password against malicious third parties. By taking some simple precautions now, you can avoid waking up to discover that someone is wreaking havoc across your website.
In this post, we’ll share four techniques, tools, and best practices to ensure your private WordPress password remains secure. Let’s get started!
Why it’s important to protect your WordPress password
There are lots of ways to secure your WordPress dashboard. However, your admin password is essential for preventing unauthorized access to your website. Even with multiple security mechanisms in place, a malicious third party could still use your password against you.
A hacker might log in to your WordPress dashboard and deface your site. They might steal confidential visitor data, including credit card information, or even delete your site entirely. If you haven’t created a backup, you could potentially lose your entire website with zero chance of recovering any of your content.
Most of us appreciate the importance of keeping our passwords secret, but this may not always be enough. Hackers can launch certain password-based attacks without even knowing your login credentials.
Password spray attacks are a common example. This is where a malicious third party attempts to gain access to your account by trying all the most commonly-used passwords.
Login credential reuse can also make your site vulnerable to attack. This practice was implicated in 80 percent of 2019’s hacking-related breaches. If you reuse the same username and password across multiple accounts, a breach at a completely unrelated website or service could put your site at risk as well.
Some hackers even publish lists of known password and username combinations. A third party may use this information to target your site.
4 ways to protect your WordPress admin password
There are multiple ways to protect your WordPress website, but passwords are often the first line of defense. With this in mind, here are our top four tips for protecting your WordPress admin password.
1. Follow password best practices
By following security best practices, you can make your password more difficult for a malicious third party to guess, or identify using trial and error. These include using a minimum of eight characters, and a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
It’s also smart to avoid common phrases and known words. In particular, it’s important to never use words that are publicly associated with you. This includes the names of friends, pets, or places where you’ve lived.
Even if you trust the people
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.