Thought this would be fun, light and well, very appropriate considering the WordPress “issues” going on as of late. What’s this, you aren’t aware of it? Well, I wasn’t either until some of my cohorts mentioned it. I guess it pays NOT to be popular??? I did have Askimet to keep away spammers, my password isn’t the same as my login and it isn’t very standard either, and then, maybe I was just lucky? So, it was recommended to get Wordfence or Threatscan for our WordPress sites. Anyways, that’s up to you on the security side of things, but I thought I could enlighten you and well, have some fun with the password side of things.
I found this article by Mashable which discussed this very thing and I had to share with you. Can you believe that the top used passwords were 123456, password, querty, iloveyou and monkey? I mean I’ve heard that you aren’t supposed to use your birth date, your kid’s birthdays, names of you or your children, but monkey or 123456.. that’s the best you could come up with? What about using admin as your login AND your password for your WordPress blog and/or webpage? I feel secure already, don’t you?
I’ve always read that it is a good idea to have different passwords for everything, but that is hard to remember, right? So, if you must (and I do too) use the same password, at least make it a good one, like #mulletheadRod! Use numbers, upper and lower case letters and even a symbol or two that is at least 8 characters long and that might work for most of them, again, if you must. I am not suggesting it, but I understand!
One last thing on WordPress and why they are such a target – Many people use WordPress and have plugins which are essentially an opportunity for leaks especially if you don’t update them all, as they are updated. Oh, and the other reason, people are just mean and do it because they can and are jerks.
So, as a reminder:
- update your site and plugins
- have good long logins and passwords
- maybe change them every so often to be on the safe side, and
- stay away from the jerks
I hope this has been fun and slightly educational. If you need any help optimizing your site so the search engines CAN find you, just you let me know. Otherwise, have a great one and remember – prevention is key.