Security Alert: Is your admin username putting your site at risk?

by | November 13, 2016 | Technology, The Kitchen Sink

Howdy, admin!

Dear Admin,

Congrats on having a website. You’ve worked hard to set it up, paid a designer, created content for it regularly, and put it out there for the world to see. Unfortunately, you have the default WordPress username, so there’s not a lot to figure out about you.

In fact, since the world knows your name, many hackers know it as well. The only thing left is to figure out is your password through a brute force attack  – and voila! – you and your hacker  buddy are more acquainted! You now share your WordPress website and now they can install all sorts of cool malware or take your site down. Sure your customers and the search engines won’t like you anymore, but the friends you’ve lost don’t compare to the hacker friend you’ve gained. Right?

Oh, I’m wrong about that? Don’t like your ‘admin’ username anymore. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to change.

Change your ‘admin’ username – now!

Technically, you can’t change the username. You have to create a new user. To do this:

Create a new user

  1. Find “Users” in your sidebar.
  2. Select “Create New”.
  3. When the form appears, fill it out.
  4. Choose a name other than “admin” or your own name. Make it random but memorable to you.
  5. Click on “Show Password” can save it for your records. Make sure it’s a strong password.
  6. Make the role “Administrator”.

I have an account just for creating posts. If you want to do this as well, follow the steps above to create another user. Give this user the “editor” role.

Deleting the “Admin” username

Log out and log back into the new administrator account you’ve just created.

  1. Go to “Users” in your sidebar.
  2. Find the “admin” username and select “Delete”.
  3. Select “Attribute all content to:” and select your new account. This will allow you to keep your pages and posts.
  4. Confirm the deletion.

And that’s it! Your website’s a little more secure.

If you’ve found this information helpful, and would like to talk to me about other ways to secure your website, book a FREE strategy call with me.

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Kimberly Inez Mays

Kimberly Inez Mays

Online Brand Strategist, Founder

With over 10 years of web design and development experience, I help entrepreneurs build and grow their online brands. I love everything tech and can’t wait to help you shine online!

I currently reside in NYC with my 2 selfish cats and I’m addicted to caffeine (which helps with the late night coding). 

Fun fact: My initials are K.I.M 🙂

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