Many small business owners create a new website to introduce themselves to the online world, showcase their skills, sell their goods, post blogs and interact with potential and current clients among other reasons. In order to do that with regularity, online security should be your top priority.
When you create a website in Word Press and possibly other web creation sites, the default username assigned to you is ‘admin’. User names of ‘admin’ are often targeted by hackers. Unfortunately, user names cannot be changed. If you want to keep your website secure and safe from hackers and bots, it is imperative that you add a new username inside your Word Press (or other website) admin panel; one that cannot be easily guessed and that you will remember. You would then delete the user called ‘admin’. Here are instructions for changing your website username:
- Add a new user with a username that is NOT ‘admin’ or a variation of ‘admin’
- Set role to Administrator.
- Set personal information carefully; this will be your new main Administrator account.
- Select a strong password (see more below). Mix uppercase and lowercase letters, use numbers and allowed punctuation marks.
- Check the box to have Word Press email the user info to you.
- Log out of your admin username account.
- Log in with your new account.
- You can then delete the user named ‘admin’
Along with changing the username, it is important that you select a password that is difficult to guess or interpret. Your password should have different variables; uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. There are random password generators online that will issue you ASCII character passwords. This site will give you a random 64 character password containing the type of characters you need for all of the sites you access that need to be highly secure. Gibson Research Corporation is a secure, safe site, which randomly generates passwords every time you refresh the page.
If that is too much for you (however, the longer the password, the harder to get hacked), there are many other sites online or you can just create your own, but make sure to use a combination of characters without a pattern.
Of course, when you have 64 digit passcodes, you cannot possibly remember them. Yes, you can write them down and keep them in a safe place. Another option is to sign up for a password management system online that you can use to store all of your passwords, with one master password to access the program. I use Roboform and I love it. There are others as well and many free like LastPass and an open source program called Keepass. The basic features of all of the programs are the same, but vary slightly in some ways.
Having strong usernames and even stronger passwords, not only for your website(s), but also for your social media, banking and bill-paying sites, will keep you from having to re-invent your online presence, which costs tons of time and maybe even money. If you have any questions or I can help in any way, feel free to email me April@aprilrhunter.com