Having a strong password to login into your WordPress website is one of the easiest ways to improve its security and protect it from hackers.

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Strong passwords help guard your website from brute force attacks which can overload your server, slow down the site, and even cause it to crash.

Norton, the digital security and online privacy specialists, recommend using two rules to create a strong password:

  • It should be at least twelve characters long; and
  • It should be complex, using a combination of upper- & lower-case letters, numbers, and other characters, such as parentheses, brackets, arithmetic symbols, and punctuation marks.

Another tip is to use passwords in only one place. So, using the same one for your email, website login and online supermarket shop is not a good idea!

I recommend storing passwords somewhere safe, like a password manager. Norton’s Password Manager regularly reviews the safety of your vault, alerting you to old, weak, and duplicate passwords. LastPass includes a secure password generator.

Changing your WordPress password

Changing your password in WordPress is easy…

  1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Select Users > Profile from the main menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Account Management section and click the Set New Password button.
  4. Make a note of this new password.
  5. Click the Update Profile button.
Screenshot from the WordPress dashboard showing how to update a user login password.

And hey presto, WordPress will generate and save a new strong password.

I recommend following these steps for changing the login details to your WordPress website at least every six months.

Keep your website safe – use strong password protection!

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