Four Ways to Keep Your Passwords Secure

Brenda Barron / January 24, 2019

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It’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your site. While there’s no foolproof way to eliminate hacking risks entirely, there are a few ways to reduce the likelihood that your site gets targeted and hacked.

Passwords are a critical part of website security. Use these four tips to ensure your password is nearly impossible for hackers to guess.

1. Use a strong password

Given how much of our lives revolve around online accounts, it’s easy to give into the temptation of using simple passwords. But passwords like “password,” “12345,” “letmein,” or any that include personal information are easily hackable.

Though it requires more work initially, it’s imperative that you use a strong password that consists of letters, numbers, and special characters. Ideally, your password should also be eight or more characters long. Consider using a password generator if you can’t think of a secure one.

2. Avoid reusing passwords

Avoid reusing the same password for multiple sites, even if it’s a strong one.

If a hacker gains access to one account, they can easily gain access to other accounts that use the same password, locking you out of your website, email, online banking system, and more. Always use a unique password for each online account that you manage.

3. Use a password manager

Use a password manager like LastPass or KeePass to store your passwords and other sensitive information.

These sites generate unique passwords, and many of them offer browser extensions so that you can access your passwords as needed. This eliminates the need to remember long, complicated passwords. You’ll only have to remember the master password used to log in to the manager itself.

4. Use 2FA when possible

Many sites, including WordPress.com, allow you to set up 2-factor authentication (2FA). This means that on top of entering your password, you will be prompted to enter an additional code that’s sent to your mobile device during the login process.

This makes it harder for hackers to gain access to any of your accounts, as they would also need your phone to log in.

Make sure you have secure hosting

If your website is hosted on WordPress.com, there are built-in security features that offer protection. If your WordPress site is hosted elsewhere, talk to your hosting company to find out what security measures it uses. In the event of a security breach, your hosting company’s security system will be your first line of defense.

This is one of the many reasons why it can be helpful and, in some cases, more reliable to use a service like WordPress.com that takes care of secure hosting for you.

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