Keeping a strong WordPress password
Having a password is such a common thing now. We all have passwords for our mobiles, social accounts, Desktops or laptops we use, Database accounts, etc. Then there is a password for our WordPress login from where we develop and manage our website. Without any doubt, the passwords that we set should be strong, secure, and known only to us. Do you tick these three points?
WordPress is used by majority websites in the world, it powers about 30% of the internet. Naturally, you should have a strong password for your admin account on it. Another big reason is that WordPress is the most hacked Content Management System (CMS) in the world since it is an open-source website creation tool written in PHP.
Avoiding weak passwords
So what constitutes a weak password? It depends from person to person. For a noob and someone who finds it difficult to remember, even “Test1234” could be strong, whereas for a tech expert with a sharp memory and experience in handling secured accounts even a password like “95qwerty14” could be weak. But the latter category people are rare as compared to the general public.
Still, passwords like “abcd1234,” “password123,” etc. should be avoided. People make passwords revolving around their names and birthdays, avoid that too! Such common references to make passwords are the first guesses of hackers. Not just your name, but also avoid anything related to you, like nickname, address, pet’s name or the name of any loved one, birthplace, school/college name, your graduation degree, etc. basically, anything that will be easily found about you on the internet esp. through your social profiles.
One more thing you should avoid is keeping one password for multiple accounts. Have a unique and distinct password for your WordPress admin panel, don’t use that same password for any other account.
The Cracking of passwords
Almost every time, hackers take the help of computer software to guess the password and hit the jackpot. It is done in either of the following ways:
A Dictionary attack: The hacker will run a script referring to a dictionary of commonly used known passwords consisting of digits, words, characters, etc.
A Brute force attack: This type of attack will happen when the hacker runs a complicated script that will repeatedly try to crack your password.
Generating a robust password
Obviously, no one likes their account to be compromised. In this case, it is crucial website data. Your WordPress admin account holds all that, which makes your website run. If a hacker gets access to even one part of it, then you risk the whole website going down or misused for unlawful activities. To get a peaceful sleep at night, you can use the following tips and make a truly strong password:
The longer is your password, stronger it will be. Also mix it up with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters; then it will become harder to crack for computers.
You may take the help of password generator tools or online services, but the best solution is to make a password yourself. That way, it will become easier for you to remember. You can generate a password from these tools, and make your own based on the character placement done in it!
To help remember the WordPress password, you can write it somewhere, but don’t save it in the browser. Also, it is advised to not save the password in any text file on the computer or mobile. The Best way is to write it in a paper and keep that secured with you (e.g. in your wallet.)