When did you last change the password for your WordPress website? Can you even remember? Has it been months – or years? Believe me, you’re not alone. But guess what? Changing your password regularly is one of the most important things you can do to protect your website. Why? Because some 30,000 websites are being hacked every day! YIKES, that’s 30,000!
The importance of passwords
How can this happen so often? Well, because simplistic passwords are easy to hack and, according to SplashData.com, here are the most popular passwords being used today:
While passwords like these are obviously easy to remember, they’re also incredibly easy for hackers to discover – and use against you. On the other hand, it doesn’t have to be a horrible chore to create a new password. AND, just take a moment to think about these few things: the money you’ve invested to get your website up and running; the money you spend each month for your domain name and hosting; the countless hours you’ve devoted to tweaking and improving your website or adding blog content each month. Can you also afford to spend thousands more on rebuilding your website after it’s been hacked?
What if rebuilding isn’t even possible? Yes, that happens too, with many sites being so thoroughly ruined by hackers that you’re forced to begin again!
How to choose a secure password
In my Authentic Leader video series, I devote nearly half-an-hour sharing 12 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website from Hackers. First and foremost among these is the importance of creating new, complex passwords on a monthly basis to protect your valuable website from being taken over by some unscrupulous hacker.
While I can’t guarantee that following these steps will ensure you NEVER get hacked, I can offer some serious roadblocks that you can put into place to help prevent the loss of control of your website.
- Change your WordPress Administrator Password regularly – as often as once a month.
- Change your Hosting Password – which was provided by your hosting service.
- Choose a Complex Password – using combinations of capital and lowercase letters, numerals and symbols (e.g., any of the following: *! & $ #).
- Change ALL of your online passwords regularly – including your bank account, credit cards, utilities, etc.
- Develop a Pattern for your Passwords – perhaps your 3 initials, a meaningful date and then a symbol.
Choosing a pattern for your passwords will make it easier for you to remember them, while still making it difficult for hackers to figure them out. Again, there are no guarantees, but why would you want to make it easy for a hacker by using something predictable like: “password” or “123456”?
Your website belongs to you. Just like your home or brick and mortar business, it’s your property, and your investment, and deserves your protection. Devoting a few minutes each month to protecting it, by changing your password, is the least you can do to ensure the safety of your website.
Need help to make sure your website is safe and secure? Get in touch with me today for a Full Website Audit by me and my team of professionals. Then, we’ll get to work on your behalf, supporting you and your efforts in every way we can!
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